God of order and peace…salvation

Ezekiel 41:5-12

Next, he measured the wall of the temple, six cubits. The width of each side chamber all around the temple was four cubits on every side. 6 The side chambers were in three stories, one above the other, thirty chambers in each story; they rested on ledges which were for the side chambers all around, that they might be supported, but not fastened to the wall of the temple. 7 As one went up from story to story, the side chambers became wider all around, because their supporting ledges in the wall of the temple ascended like steps; therefore the width of the structure increased as one went up from the lowest story to the highest by way of the middle one. 8 I also saw an elevation all around the temple; it was the foundation of the side chambers, a full rod, that is, six cubits high. 9 The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits, and so also the remaining terrace by the place of the side chambers of the temple. 10 And between it and the wall chambers was a width of twenty cubits all around the temple on every side. 11 The doors of the side chambers opened on the terrace, one door toward the north and another toward the south; and the width of the terrace was five cubits all around.

12 The building that faced the separating courtyard at its western end was seventy cubits wide; the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length ninety cubits.

Pasted from <http://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/printerFriendly.cfm?b=Eze&c=41&v=1&t=NKJVP>

This speaks of a God of order and not confusion; a God of balance;  a God of support.  This temple, not yet built of man’s hands stands in Ezekiel as a reminder that there is and always will be a place to worship; a place where God can inhabit the praises of His people.  It is said that  God does not have need of a temple, a physical place;

“…2Chronicles 2:6  But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who [am] I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him?…”

Humanity has built temples for several reasons among them the need to have a physical place dedicated and consecrated for worship, a place that has been built in honor of the name of God, a place built following the instructions of God for His purposes.

“…2Chronicles 2:4 Behold, I am building a temple for the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate [it] to Him, to burn before Him sweet incense, for the continual showbread, for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, on the New Moons, and on the set feasts of the LORD our God. This [is an ordinance] forever to Israel….”

“…Hebrews 9:1 and 2 Then indeed, even the first [covenant] had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.
 – For a tabernacle was prepared: the first [part], in which [was] the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary;…”

Many rooms, lots of space, all in order and having balance.  When our lives are out of balance and full of confusion we do not have peace.  Can we sense the peace of this place, a peace on the inside?

Moreover we have the present promise of a temple not made with hands:

“..Hebrews 9:11 – 14 But Christ came [as] High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation
 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?…”

Blessed be the name of the Lord…we are His temple, He resides within us and all because Christ went to the cross for us as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins!

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2 thoughts on “God of order and peace…salvation

  1. God is giving me reminders here and there through my fellow bloggers today, and I am glad. There was lack of peace and balance in a “room” of my mind yesterday, and all I could do was hand it to my Maker to restore things! God of our salvation, God of our sanctification!

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