Day 33

The New Temple

from the reading plan

Ezekiel 40:1-49, Ezekiel 41:1-4, John 1:14-16, John 2:13-22

Mistakes are part of our lives. We make mistakes when we don’t realize it, as well as when we do. The idea of a mistake conveys that an error or misjudgment has happened on our part. We thought one thing, but the reality was different. Mistakes are part of our lives. 

However, when we follow Christ, we have a heavenly Father who doesn’t make mistakes. He is without error. His reality is the only reality. In our passage today, we read about the new temple. God gives Ezekiel a vision of what this new temple would look like from a very high mountain. He is given exact details with exact measurements.

When we read this, we can get lost in the details of it. Most of us are not engineers. Many of us can’t even picture what this temple would look like just from the words. But what we can do is take the principles in this passage and apply it to our lives today. 

You see, if God was that detailed, descriptive, and purposeful with the creation of the new temple, how detailed, descriptive, and purposeful is He with our lives? After Jesus was crucified, raised from the dead, and sent the Holy Spirit to live in us as believers, our bodies become the temple of God (1Corinthians 6:19–20).

God tells us something completely different than how the world often describes our bodies. But even though this fallen world might say differently, if we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, we get to live with purpose. God uses us for the kingdom as He resides in us, His temple. 

If you are feeling lost, hopeless, or riddled with mistakes this Lenten season, remember that the God created and designed the new temple with such detail, description, and purpose is the same God who we worship today. He designs us to have community. He creates us to disciple. He gifts us to share our story. He desires us to grow to maturity. 

We’re sometimes tempted to believe we are nothing. But God wants us to know we are His detailed, and purposeful creation. 

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