Ezekiel’s Great Temple Vision – Part 1: The Temple Area Restored (Ezekiel 40:1 – 47)

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Ezekiel 40:1 – 47

  1. Have you ever been in on the planning of any construction? Did you have your house built or were you part of a group that built or remodel a church meeting-place? What was the part you liked the best? Least?

2. When somebody “gives you the grand tour” through his or her new home, what do you notice? Are you usually envious of what they have? Smug that yours is better? Simply glad that they are happy?

3. How many years passes between the fall of Jerusalem (chapter 33:1) and Ezekiel’s vision of the temple (verse 1)?

4. Solomon built the original temple around 950 BC. The Babylonians destroyed it in 586 BC. The exiles finished rebuilding it in 515 BC. Why do you think the temple was so important to the Jewish people?

5. Where will the new temple be located? In relation to the city (verse 2)?

6. The long cubit was about 21 inches, making the man’s measuring rod about 10 feet long. How high and thick is the outer wall (verse 5)? Why do you think Ezekiel records every “nook and cranny”? Is God this concerned about modern buildings of worship?

7. Ezekiel can enter the outer court from three sides. How are these outer gates decorated (verse 16)? What does this suggest about Hebrew religious art?

8. There are three entrances to the inner court. What is the purpose of the rooms at the north and south inner gates (verse 38)? How are they furnished (verses 39 – 43)? What profession could the priests fall back on dung an exile?

9. What two groups of priest get the rooms inside the inner gates (verses 45 and 46)? Who was Zadok (see 1 Kings 1:39)?

10. What physical place best draws you into worship? Is place or setting relevant to you? How much are the senses of sight and hearing involved? Smell? Taste? Touch?

11. How much of your church’s annual budget do you think is devoted to . . .

  • building programs?
  • church music?
  • overseas missions?
  • mortgage payments?
  • pastor/minister salary and housing?
  • landscaping and maintenance?
  • staff salaries?
  • the local poor?

12. In reference to Question #11, is a copy of this year’s church budget readily available for inspection by church members? What do you think the economic priorities should be?

13. What percentage of your annual family budget goes to housing, furniture, home improvements and kitchen gadgets? Do you count owning a home as an important life goal? Why or why not?

14. Imagine you are a temple. The outer court is your public life with family and casual friends?. The inner court your private heart. Who are the “faithful few” who see that inner court? What “sacrifice” did they make to gain entrance? When do you feel you can “open the gates” in safety?

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