As for you, son of man, inform the house of Israel of the temple, so that they will be ashamed of their wrongdoings; and have them measure the plan. And if they are ashamed of everything that they have done, make known to them the plan of the house, its layout, its exits, its entrances, all its plans, all its statutes, and all its laws. And write it in their sight, so that they may observe its entire plan and all its statutes and execute them. This is the law of the house: its entire area on the top of the mountain all around shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house. – Ezekiel 43:10-12
In this portion of Ezekiel’s prophecy, God gave him a clear vision of a glorious, restored, future temple of God. He was also asked to painstakingly measure every single dimension. Why? So that the house of Israel would be ashamed of their “wrongdoings” that had led to its destruction. The temple was a symbol of Israel’s relationship with God, and that relationship needed serious repair. It’s destruction wasn’t just the result of an invading Babylonian army; it was also the natural outcome of a consistently degrading worship of their Creator and Covenant-Keeper. God wanted His people to see just how far they had fallen in their relationship with Him and had Ezekiel paint them a picture.
Makes me wonder, if God drew a picture of our worship, would it be beautiful or would it bear the marks of neglect and degradation? What portions of our “house” could use some attention? While worship “practices” like fellowship, communion, and singing God’s praises could be addressed, it is the more internal disciplines that make these outward displays authentic. How is your conversation with your Savior? Do you speak little or often? Are you burdened by worry or resting in grace? The list goes on.
Yes, these are “different” times, but that excuse could be used throughout history. Church, let’s get our house in order!
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. – Oswald Chambers