Ezekiel chapter 41 is about the actual temple building within the Temple complex that Ezekiel envisioned. There is a tremendous amount of detail and measurements about the door, the inner hall, the altar, the main chamber called The Most Holy Place, etc. It’s easy to get bogged down in all this, which is why I made the video fly-through tour.
However, Ezekiel’s mission has not changed. The detail provided here is to assure his people of the sacredness of this intended place of prayer and worship and to give them a vivid sense of reality about the structure, to imagine in precise detail. There is symbology associated with the structure and the orientation of the doors and the gates all of which is a matter of debate and interpretation.
Of note to me, is the orientation of the building and main hall opening to the east, with the altar fire as the focal point. This has certain tribal connotations as well as emphasizes the overriding function of the entire complex is to enable the people to be able to come to a place of prayer, sacrifice and worship. As we’ll get into later, all of the staff – the priests of the temple – are dedicated to this purpose, and not to the purpose of self-promotion, self-grandizement, or self-exceptionalism.
This building is about fairness and equality through and through.