Today’s reading is huge — well, I mean it’s about something really big — no, that’s still not clear. Read about the size of the temple and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about. It describes a temple that is really, really large in physical size — large enough to occupy over half of present day Israel! The temple court alone is larger than the entire old city of Jerusalem! And who knows, if Israel had sincerely turned from their sins, been ashamed of what they had done (43:10), who knows what the God for whom nothing is impossible would have done for them in making such a place possible. But that was not to be the case. The second temple (the first temple was built by Solomon) was considerably less than this ideal temple.
Premillennialist teachers (those who believe in a literal, political kingdom of God on earth) are convinced that this is a third temple to be built during the premillennial kingdom, which will need to be this large to accommodate the huge number of worshippers who will seek the LORD there. The fatal problem with this idea, however, is that Jesus Himself said, (John 18:36) “…My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” So, this is not the lesson to get out of this lengthy passage. What is?
This passage is talking about the glorious spiritual kingdom that God had purposed all along: a kingdom that would be composed of men from every nation (not just the Jews), a kingdom that would be ruled faithfully by Jesus, a kingdom whose citizens would not defile God’s holy name again, a kingdom that would deliberately enter into covenant with the LORD (not merely born into it), a kingdom that would be grand and glorious and eternal, a kingdom that would never be shaken, a kingdom that would be handed over pure and undefiled to the Father at the end of time (1 Cor. 15:24-26) — the church of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:19-22 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
Sometimes when we read the above passage we don’t really keep in mind what God had in mind (Ezekiel 40-43).
See you tomorrow, Lord willing.