Eastern Gate is a treasure
What do you treasure?
(Ezekiel 43:1-2, 4) Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east; and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east. … And the glory of the Lord entered the house by way of the gate facing east.
Ezekiel tells us that the glory of God left the Temple (chapter 10), but now he speaks of another day when the glory of God will return to the Temple. When this happens, the glory of God will enter through the Eastern Gate.
I read that the Eastern Gate provided the most direct access to enter the Jerusalem Temple. In the past, Jewish people would pray near this gate so they could be as close as possible to the holiest site.
Why is this Gate, and the Temple itself so holy?
It is set apart and distinct from all other things or places because God chose the Temple to be His earthly home.
(Psalm 132:13-14) For the Lord has chosen Jerusalem; He has desired it for His home. “This is My resting place forever,” He said. “I will live here, for this is the home I desired.”
God created everything on earth. He said that everything He created is good. There are many other places on earth that people love and consider beautiful. This is true, yet God decided that Jerusalem is home, sweet home. As you see in Psalm 132 God choose the Temple to be His earthly home.
God’s glory used to live in the Jerusalem Temple because it is His earthly home. I’m sure that God was grieved that He needed to leave His home for a while. The sin was so bad that He could not stay there any longer.
God is moving back home to JerusalemBut the Temple is His earthly home so God will not abandon it forever. He will return to it and live there once again. This is why the Jerusalem Temple is a treasure or something of great value. It is the place where God lived in the past, and He will live there again.
God chose the Jerusalem Temple to be His home, and He chose the Eastern Gate to be the gate in which He will use to enter it when He returns. This is why the Eastern Gate is also a treasure, or place of great value. Keep your eyes on Jerusalem and the Eastern Gate. We don’t know when the glory of God will return to the Jerusalem Temple, but I am convinced that this day is getting close.
What do you think? Is the day when the glory of God will return to the Jerusalem Temple coming soon? Do you think it will be in our lifetime? Do you want God’s glory to return in our lifetime?
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