Vs. 4, “The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east.” Question: What is the glory of God? In Hebrew, the glory = kabod, which is a verb used to describe the weight or worthiness of something. We can’t help but be excited by this vision of redemption in God’s glory returning! Because earlier in Ezekiel 10, we sadly saw the departure of God’s spirit. Notice the direction of the glory of God comes from the east. The sun rises in the east an sets in the west…and in Matthew 24, we are told Jesus will come from the east! We then get to see part of the purpose of why the temple is built and how it will be used with the altar. This ceremony depicted with blood and sacrifice does not make the altar any more holy. It is the Lord who resides and blesses over our sacrifices. The apostle Paul reminds us that we are living sacrifices in Romans 12.
Regarding application…We are God’s Temple. Vs. 5, “Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” Don’t get too confused by all these visions. For us who live today, this is a wonderful reminder that we too bring sacrifices to the temple of the Lord (Ephesians 2). Question: What kind of offerings can we bring to God’s temple? Fortunately for us, we do not have to be a perfect in our standing before God to be acceptable. Jesus died so that we might become the righteousness of God (II Corinthians 5:21). Brothers and sisters, it is an amazing concept to know that God resides in us today. That we do not have to travel thousands of miles to a temple in Jerusalem (not even built yet) to have communion with God. It was his blood that makes your sins that were as red as scarlet now as white as snow (Isaiah 1). God looks at the heart He is changing, not at our imperfect sins that we struggle with. Turn your heart today to the Lord and let His glory shine in your life!