The glory of Yahweh in the Temple (Ezek 43:4-43: 5)

“The glory of Yahweh

Entered the temple

By the gate facing east.

Then the Spirit

Lifted me up.

He brought me

Into the inner court.

The glory of Yahweh

Filled the temple.”

Just as the glory of Yahweh had exited the Temple via the east gate, he also returned through the east gate, where Ezekiel and the bronze man were standing. Furthermore, the Spirit of Yahweh lifted up Ezekiel. This Holy Spirit brought him into the inner court of the Temple. This time, he saw the glory of Yahweh fill the whole Temple.

The glory of God in the east (Ezek 43:2-43:2)

“There,

The glory

Of the God of Israel

Was coming

From the east.

The sound was

Like the sound

Of mighty waters.

The earth shone

With his glory.”

Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel came from the east, while Ezekiel was standing at the east gate. This glorious God sounded like mighty waters. The whole earth shone with his glory. This was a very strong visual and auditory appearance of God, Yahweh, much like in the earlier chapters. Here, Ezekiel was standing at the eastern gate of the Temple with the bronze man. Quite often, the glory of God can seem like the rising sun, but that is not specifically mentioned here.

 

The two chambers in the inner court (Ezek 40:44-40:44)

“Then he brought me

Into the inner court.

There were

Two chambers.

On the outside

Of the inner gateway

There were chambers

For the singers

In the inner court.

One was at the side

Of the north gate.

Facing south.

The other at the side

Of the east gate,

facing north.”

Finally, the bronze man took Ezekiel into the inner court itself. There were two chambers in this inner court for the singers or cantors. One was by the north gate facing south, while the other was at the east gate facing north.

The vestibule gateway measurements (Ezek 40:8-40:11)

“Then he measured

The inner vestibule

Of the gateway,

One cubit.

Then he measured

The vestibule

Of the gateway,

Eight cubits.

It pilasters were

Two cubits.

The vestibule

Of the gate

Was at the inner end.

There were

Three recesses

On either side

Of the east gate.

The three were

The same size.

The pilasters

On either side were

The same size.

Then he measured

The width

Of the opening

Of the gateway,

Ten cubits.

The width

Of the gateway was

Thirteen cubits.”

Once again, the bronze man continued with his symmetrical measurements. Somehow the inner vestibule was only 1 cubit or less than 2 feet. However, the whole vestibule of this gateway was 8 cubits or about 13 feet. The pilasters or supporting posts at the inner end were only 2 cubits or about 5 feet. There were 3 recesses or alcoves, all the same size, on either side of the east gate, with the supporting posts the same size also. Now the opening width was 10 cubits or about 16 feet, while the gateway was wider about 13 cubits, about 21 feet wide.