How to Live with Hope    Ezek. 43:1-12     July 31, 2005

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Introduction
Can you see hope? If an individual has hope it shows in the way he/she walks, talks, and in his/her facial expression. Through the vision of this text and the interpretation of the vision I believe Ezekiel's face displayed an obvious hope. When we walk in confidence of the Lord's control we also display How to Live with Hope.
 

1. Hope Through the . . Insight Into the Vision of God's Glory. v 1-7

A. Insight Into the Hope from the . . Return of God's Glory. v 1-4

    1. The . . Reality In the Return of God's Glory. v 1-2
        1 He led me to the gate, the one that faces east, 2 and I saw the glory of the
        God of Israel coming from the east. His voice sounded like the roar of
        mighty waters, and the earth shone with His glory.

    2. The . .Repetition In the Return of God's Glory. v 3-4
        3 The vision I saw was like the one I had seen when He came to destroy the
        city, and like the ones I had seen by the Chebar Canal. I fell facedown.
        4 The glory of the Lord entered the temple by way of the gate that faced
        east.

B. Insight Into the Hope from the . . Revelation of God's Glory. v 5-7 b

    1. Revelation Lifted by the . . Spirit. v 5
        5 Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court, and
        the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

    2. Revelation Lifted by the . . Speaking. v 6-7 a
        6 While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to
        me from the temple. 7 He said to me: "Son of man, this is the place of
        My throne and the place for the soles of My feet, where I will dwell
        among the Israelites forever. . . ."

    Earlier in this Book God allowed Ezekiel to see the departure of His glory from the temple; now He allows Ezekiel to share in a vision of His glory returning to the temple. His glory left out of the East gate, and it returns from the East. This reminds me of Acts 1:11. Do you remember the Mount of Olives is to the East of the Temple? The return happens like previous visions of Ezekiel. He reacted in a similar way as he fell on his face. In this position Ezekiel felt a hand lifting him and bringing him into the inner court of the temple. This lifting came from the Spirit. (I found this to be the last of fourteen times the title "Spirit" appears in this book.) God spoke to him sharing the details of the vision and then gave an interpretation for the return of His Glory.
 

2. Hope through the . . Interpretation of the Vision of God's Glory. v 7 - 9

A. The Interpretation &the . . Reminder in the Vision of God's Glory. v 7- 8
    7 He said to me: "Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place for
    the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the Israelites forever. [The
    house of] Israel and their kings will no longer defile My holy name by their
    (religious]prostitution and by the corpses of their kings at their ò high places.
    8 Whenever they placed their threshold next to My threshold and their
    doorposts beside My doorposts, with [only]a wall between Me and them, they
    were defiling My holy name by the abominations they committed. So I
    destroyed them in My anger.

        1. Reminder the Temple Is the Throne of God's Glory. v 7 a
        2. Reminder the Temple is a sign of God's Choice of Israel. v 7 b
        3. Reminder the Temple Is a Visible Sign of God's Holiness. v 7 c
        4. Reminder the Temple Is A Visible Witness of God's Redemption. v 8

B. The Interpretation and the. . Removal in the Vision of God's Glory. v 9
    9 Now let them remove their prostitution and the corpses of their kings far
    from Me, and I will dwell among them forever.

    God gave several reminders to the people as He spoke about the Temple. He
reminded them the Temple is: 1) The Throne Room of God's Glory; 2) A sign of God's choice of Israel; 3) A visible sign of God's Holiness; 4) A witness of God's redemption. In addition He spoke of sinful practices that must be removed. The house of God today should cause us to reflect upon the attributes of God.
 

3. Hope through the . . Intended Purpose of the Vision of God's Glory.
                                                                                                        v 10-12

A. The Intended Purpose in the Temple's . . Pattern. v 10-11 a
    10 "As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, so that
    they may be ashamed of their iniquities. Let them measure [its] pattern, 11 and
    they will be ashamed of all that they have done. Reveal the design of the
    temple to them -its layout with its exits and entrances - its complete design
    along with all its statutes, design specifications, and laws.

B. The Intended Purpose in the Temple's . . Presence. v 11 a - 12
    ". . . Write it down in their sight so that they may observe its complete design
    and all its statutes and may carry them out. 12 This is the law of the temple: all
    its surrounding territory on top of the mountain will be especially holy. Yes,
    this is the law of the temple.

    Did Israel need a description of the temple? Would it help us to receive a description of how and why our worship area is laid out like it is? In most Baptist Churches the pulpit is central to emphasize the centrality of the Word of God in all we do. Also in most Baptist Churches the Lord's Supper table is in front of the pulpit and the Baptistry is in the center behind the pulpit as the two ordinances are central to our worship experience. The temple location was centered in the highest point of town so anywhere in town one could look up and see the temple's significant structure calling all to remember God and the worship of Him. Why was the temple designed like this? The Altar placed a significance focus on the sacrifice for sin. This means of sacrifice pointed to the shedding of blood and coming Messiah with His one time sacrifice for sin. This should have helped them to know How to Live with Hope. Amen? Amen!