August 22, 2022: Day 180 – Ezekiel 41-45 and Psalm 66August 23, 2022
The measuring of the temple continues, and to be honest, it is done without much enthusiasm. That is until we get to chapter 43 where we see the glory of the Lord, the actual presence of the Lord appear from the East. It is interesting because God himself states that the soles of his feet will tread upon the ground that was measured. Look at 43:7 where he states: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live with the Israelites forever.” Once again it should be clear as to why the wailing wall is so powerful. The promise is that God will live forever in the temple. But today the temple is no more. How long is forever for?
We then find commands on what to do with those who will be serving the Lord. Those for whom their portion is God and God alone. They do not have a section of the promised land carved out for them like every other tribe of Israel. The Levites have as their portion the Lord and the Lord alone.
When we read Psalm 66 it is a clear psalm of praise. There are shouts of celebration and reminders of who God is and what God has done for us in the past (led us through dry ground as we escaped from the Egyptians), to what God will do in the future (never rejecting our prayer or witholding his love for us).