important spiritual messages to be learned from every part of Ezekiel's
detailed description of a temple that has never been built, lessons that are
vital for every Christian today. These are the focus of the current series
of devotionals: LESSONS FROM EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE. If you have missed any parts
of this series, you can read previously published lessons on-line at
Lessons From Ezekiel's Temple, Part 5:
Temple Gates, Part a:
The Significance of Gates
Last week, in Lessons from Ezekiel's Temple, Part 4,
we discovered that in Christ, we have been given VICTORY! But because we
tend to forget this, God has carved Cherubim and palm trees in the temple of
our hearts to remind us of our victory in Christ and to reassure us that
where human efforts fail, God has sent His angels to keep us in all of our
ways! Today's lesson takes a look at the meaning and importance of the
"Then he went to the gate facing east. He climbed its steps and measured
the threshold of the gate; it was one rod deep." (Ezek 40:6 NIV);
"Then he measured the length and width of the gate facing north, leading
into the outer court." (Ezek 40:20-21 NIV); "Then he led me to the
south side and I saw a gate facing south." (Ezek 40:24 NIV).
And these are just three of the 40+ references to gates in chapters 40-48 of
Ezekiel. So if gates are referred to so many times in this description of
Ezekiel's temple, then it can be said that they are of some importance!
First of all, let's look, in general, at the significance of gates in the
Bible: "Enter through the NARROW GATE. For WIDE is the GATE and broad is
the road that leads to DESTRUCTION, and many enter through it. But SMALL is
the GATE and narrow the road that leads to LIFE, and only a few find it."
(Matt 7:13-14 NIV, Emphasis added).
In this famous quote from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is making reference
to the ancient custom of walled cities. The "Life" is the Kingdom of God,
and just like ancient cities had walls for protection, God's Kingdom is our
protection from the world. And just like anyone who wanted to enter or leave
the ancient walled cities had to do so by passing through a gate, there is
only one way into the Kingdome of God: Through the gate!
Just what is this "gate"?
We find the answer in the book of John: "I tell you the truth, I AM THE
GATE for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them. I AM THE GATE; whoever enters THROUGH
ME will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture." (John
This is a fitting explanation when thinking about the gates to enter into
the temple of the Lord. When you enter in, you are entering into God's
presence. We have no right to do so of our own; our only right to do so
comes through Jesus: "I AM THE GATE; whoever enters THROUGH ME will be
saved …" (John 10:10)
Not only do we have the right to enter into the temple, because of Jesus,
but we also have a right to enter into the holy of holies, into the presence
of the Lord Himself! "Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to
enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way
opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body …" (Heb 10:19-21
When we think of the fact that we are temples of God's Spirit, we must
remember that this privilege-and it is indeed, a privilege!-is ours ONLY
because of Jesus and His Sacrifice!
Wow! That thought, in and of itself, is enough to make us stop and praise
Enough to ponder, but do ponder this: The temple gates remind us that the
only reason we have been given the privilege of becoming temples of God's
Spirit is becomes of Jesus' Blood, Jesus' Sacrifice. He made the way, and
through Him we have access to the presence of God, Himself! Praise the Lord!
But there is more to the reference to gates in Ezekiel's temple than just
this idea. Join us next week for Lessons from Ezekiel's Temple, Part 5b: So
Why all of Those Different Gates?
God bless each of you as you seek to draw closer to Him!
In His love, Lyn
Lyn Chaffart, Mother of two teens, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a
tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to
Christian devotionals and inspirational poems,
with Answers2Prayer Ministries,