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Oct. 13, 2006
I have to admit, passages like this are very difficult to read. In this passage, Ezekiel is transported to Jerusalem some time in the future, and he is given a vision of the Temple. He spends two chapters describing all its rooms and the length and height and thickness of the wall. If Ezekiel presented us with a computer model - like you see on the Discovery or the History channel of an old building - it would be more exciting. Instead we have a very rote description. This passage gets better later, but for now it's not very riveting reading.
In my opinion, passages like this are worse than genealogies. At least in those there are some names you recognize and you can make connections to other events in the Bible. But God gave us this description. It certainly will prove that Ezekiel was there, whether this is a reference to the temple of Herod or the temple in the future kingdom, which is more likely. I know this isn't much of a blog, but there really isn't much more that I can think of to say about this passage.