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September 3 Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 42-44
“The Man stood by me.”
The central figure in these visions of God is that Man with the measuring reed who stood by the prophet as he beheld the visions. Ezekiel’s Guide was none other than our dear Savior, the Lord Jesus, our Wonderful Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6), in whom are held all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).
The many chambers described in chapter 41 beautifully portray the “many mansions” prepared for us in our Father’s house by our risen, exalted Redeemer (John 14:2). He whom John saw was in the midst of the golden candlesticks, declaring His presence in the midst of His churches, is the only Object of adoration among God’s saints on earth and in heaven.
As we think of these chambers, we must not lose sight of Him, who is Himself the Habitation of his saints and their portion forever. Ever adore the Lord Jesus in every endearing character by which He reveals Himself; and we shall find Him to be our Dwelling Place, our Temple, our Altar, our great High Priest, and our Sacrifice. All His perfections suit our souls in every circumstance. His person, His blood, His righteousness, and His grace are the security of all His redeemed. He brought us in; and He will bring us home, clothed with His own garments of salvation. He feeds us with His own body and blood, and communicates to us of his fulness, grace here and glory forever. — “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels”(Isaiah 61:10).
God’s Glory — God’s Son
In Ezekiel 43 the prophet sees the Lord Jesus, God’s Son, our Mediator, the Man who is God in our flesh, coming from the way of the east, and calls Him “the glory of the God of Israel.” Truly, the glory of God shines forth to our souls only in the face of our Redeemer and His accomplishments on our behalf. Coming from the way of the east, points to our Savior as “the Bright and Morning Star” (Revelation 7:2; 22:16).
In one verse (Ezekiel 43:12) the Lord God twice declares this to be the law of the house: it “shall be most holy.” So it shall be! Our God himself is the Builder and Maker of this City, the Mountain of God, His church. It is His Habitation. It “shall be most holy!” The Son of God purchased it with His blood. He has cleansed it from all uncleanness. And as the bodies of God’s children are the temple of the Holy Ghost Who dwells in them, He will put away the unclean thing and the Canaanite out of the land of His habitation. The Lord Jesus shall present His church “to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). The Prince (Ezekiel 46:1-3), the Lord Jesus, entering into the heavenly sanctuary with His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:11-12, is the only Door to God. He shut the door of all Old Testament prophecy, fulfilling all by His accomplishments as our Substitute. All who enter into heaven must enter by Him. To all who would enter by some other way the door is shut forever.