The East Gate to the Outer Court

Today we are reading from Ezekiel 40:1-4. Last time we met we learned about how we should respond to a word or vision from the Lord God:  Look, hear and Set Your Heart. You can read more in my Ezekiel Studies here and here.


Ezekiel is given a vision from the Lord God:    The bronze man with the measuring stick had work to do measuring in the city like structure that Ezekiel saw.  

And behold, there was a wall all around the outside of the temple area, and the length of the measuring reed in the man's hand was six long cubits, each being a cubit and a handbreadth in length. So he measured the thickness of the wall, one reed; and the height, one reed. Then he went into the gateway facing east, going up its steps, and measured the threshold of the gate, one reed deep. And the side rooms, one reed long and one reed broad; and the space between the side rooms, five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the vestibule of the gate at the inner end, one reed. Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, on the inside, one reed. Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; and its jambs, two cubits; and the vestibule of the gate was at the inner end. 10 And there were three side rooms on either side of the east gate. The three were of the same size, and the jambs on either side were of the same size. 11 Then he measured the width of the opening of the gateway, ten cubits; and the length of the gateway, thirteen cubits. 12 There was a barrier before the side rooms, one cubit on either side. And the side rooms were six cubits on either side. 13 Then he measured the gate from the ceiling of the one side room to the ceiling of the other, a breadth of twenty-five cubits; the openings faced each other. 14 He measured also the vestibule, sixty cubits. And around the vestibule of the gateway was the court. 15 From the front of the gate at the entrance to the front of the inner vestibule of the gate was fifty cubits. 16 And the gateway had windows all around, narrowing inwards toward the side rooms and toward their jambs, and likewise the vestibule had windows all around inside, and on the jambs were palm trees.
 
All these exact measurements taken, everything just so exact.  Did you notice there were no half-measures?  Each measure was full.  Complete.  A complete Integer (sorry, math is on my brain since a math program my son is using, is using the term integer incorrectly). 

But nothing is lacking here.  Everything is just as it should be.  

All this exactness.  Makes me wonder what Ezekiel thought as he saw this. Was he desperately trying to remember the numbers?  The room locations?  Where the windows where?    How was he taking in this vision so he could adequately convey to the Israelites?

How do I take in God's word?  Ezekiel was told to Look, Hear and Set Himself in regards to what he would see and then later tell to the people.  Was he just seeing the rooms and the act of measuring?   Did he see that measuring as a sign of God's action toward the people?

It's hard to know at this point eh?

That's all I see in this reading so far.  I am wondering what Ezekiel will see in the next section.   More temple/city like structure area and more measurements or something else? 
  
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  1. Thought provoking! Thank you for linking up and sharing.

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    1. yes, Ezekiel is making me think eh?

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  2. I don't think I noticed that all measurements were complete. Interesting.

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    1. I think it impacted me because the lad was struggling with the term integer...which is a whole number, a number that is complete.

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