The Glory Returns to the Temple, 1-12
43:1 Then he brought me to the gate that faced toward the east. 43:2 I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east; the sound was like that of rushing water; and the earth radiated his glory. 43:3 It was like the vision I saw when he came to destroy the city, and the vision I saw by the Kebar River. I threw myself face down. 43:4 The glory of the LORD came into the temple by way of the gate that faces east. 43:5 Then a wind lifted me up and brought me to the inner court; I watched the glory of the LORD filling the temple.
43:6 I heard someone speaking to me from the temple, while the man was standing beside me. 43:7 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 live among the people of Israel forever. The house of Israel will no longer profane my holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their spiritual prostitution or by the pillars of their kings set up when they die. 43:8 When they placed their threshold by my threshold and their doorpost by my doorpost, with only the wall between me and them, they profaned my holy name by the abominable deeds they committed. So I consumed them in my anger. 43:9 Now they must put away their spiritual prostitution and the pillars of their kings far from me, and then I will live among them forever.
43:10 “As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, so that they will be ashamed of their sins and measure the pattern. 43:11 When they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple, its pattern, its exits and entrances, and its whole design—all its statutes, its entire design, and all its laws; write it all down in their sight, so that they may observe its entire design and all its statutes and do them.
43:12 “This is the law of the temple: The entire area on top of the mountain all around will be most holy. Indeed, this is the law of the temple.
In ch. 11, Elijah saw a vision of God’s glory departing from the temple. Now, that same glory has returned, through the eastern door (v4).
Faithful Israelites always knew that God’s presence could not be localised (2 Chron 6:18). The temple represents, but does not limit, that presence (Ezek 11:16).
When Jesus being brought to the temple for dedication, Simeon describes him as ‘the glory of your people Israel’ (Lk 2:32). John 1:14 says, ‘We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’. When Jesus overturned the tables of the traders in the temple, he wasn’t simply offering a dramatic critique of their business motives and methods: he was bringing the entire sacrificial system to a halt. In the discussion which follows, he describes his own body as ‘this temple’ (Jn 2:19-21).
The temple seen by Ezekiel in his vision points forward to Christ, the perfect dwelling place of God, the perfect temple. And it points forward to those who are in Christ, who are themselves ‘temples of the Holy Spirit’, Col 1:27; 1 Cor 6:19f.