Ezekiel 40 … Consider Him Who Measures Out His Hope for Today

In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, and on it to the south there as a structure like a city. So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway, (40:2-3).

Perhaps all the measurements given by the “man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze” with “a measuring rod in his hand” makes sense to architects and project managers; but not so much to me. Even my NIV Study Bible’s sketch to scale of the temple, with its walls, gates, and rooms, did not bring an aha moment in understanding the prophecy.

There is actually much debate amongst scholars regarding the interpretation of Ezekiel’s prophecies in the final nine chapters of his writings; and I certainly have nothing to offer on the subject. But today, I came back to our intended goal here on The Planting Place; that we would see Him increase in every book of His God-Breathed Word.

And with that in mind, it was the measurement of the time recorded in the opening verse of today’s chapter that struck a chord of clarity. At the point this prophecy was given, the exiles had been in captivity for twenty-five long years, and it had been at least thirteen years since the fall and destruction of their beloved Jerusalem and the temple.

In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was taken, on that same day the hand of the Lord was upon me and He brought me there, (40:1).

Scholars debate as to when, or even if, this temple will be built, and whether the description is literal or allegorical. I come back to reading God’s Word as literal unless context denotes otherwise.

Ezekiel was taken to the land of Israel, a literal place. And in his vision, he was literally carried by the hand of God to Israel so that he would see, hear, and give attention to all that he was shown in order to declare everything to the house of Israel. Ezekiel’s sense of sight and hearing, as well as his thinking mind, were called into action in order to be an effective witness of what he was to proclaim. That all sounds pretty literal to me.

In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, and on it to the south there as a structure like a city. So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. The man said to me, “Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.” (40:2-4).

And the measurements of this temple that resemble a city with its surrounding wall, are carefully detailed. But again, I couldn’t get away from Ezekiel’s dates recorded at the outset of his vision.

And the thought came; while end times may be the ultimate topic of Ezekiel’s vision, what the people needed was Hope Measured Out for Today. Hope that all their infidelity and idolatry had not permanently eradicated the privilege of worshipping the One True God.

With their beloved Jerusalem and temple destroyed, they must have wondered if they would ever again be granted access to Holy, Almighty God. The Lord’s carefully laid out designs for this temple would Measure Out Hope that worship and communion with the LORD God of Israel would one day be restored; would Measure Out His Hope, not only for tomorrow, but His Hope needed for Today.

Consider Him Who Measures Out His Hope for Today

  • His Hope for Today, Measured Out in His Presence
    • “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you,” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
  • His Hope for Today, Measured Out in His Plans
    • “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope,’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • His Hope for Today, Measured Out in His Portion
    • “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
      “Therefore I have hope in Him,”
      (Lamentations 3:24).
  • His Hope for Today, Measured Out in His Pure Perfection
    • God—His way is perfect;
      the word of the LORD is pure.
      He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him,
      (Psalm 18:30 HCSB).
  • His Hope for Today, Measured Out in His Power
    • And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible,” (Matthew 19:26).
  • His Hope for Today, Measured Out in His Preparations for those who love Him
    • “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
      And which have not entered the heart of man,
      All that God has prepared for those who love Him,”
      (1 Corinthians 2:9).
  • His Hope for Today, Measured Out in His Promises for eternity
    • And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away,” (Revelation 21:3-4).

How do we respond to Him Who Measures Out His Hope for Today?

Really, it’s up to us to believe and receive His provision of Hope. But if you are anything like me, my current circumstances can often rob me of His Hope for Today.

But the truth is, everything we need for Hope is carefully Measured Out for Today, in His God-Breathed Scriptures.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work, (2 Timothy 3:16-17 Berean Study Bible).

Oh, that we would never neglect our time in His Word. Let us commit to seek Him daily that He would renew our minds through His Hope Measured Out for Today.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect, (Romans 12:2).

And even when we come to passages we don’t fully understand, we can still trust Him to renew our minds to know His Presence, His Plans, His Portion, His Pure Perfection, His Power, His Preparations, and His Promises; for every Word He has spoken He will make good. He Is God and He will never lie; and that will definitely Measure Out His Hope for us Today… and every day!

“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
(Numbers 23:19).

Let’s Grow Together!

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