Ezekiel 40:38-43:27 (NLT)
Phebe Mott, MOPS
In this portion of Scripture, Ezekiel continues to witness God’s vision of His new temple. “The man” carries on with his measurements before God speaks to Ezekiel again, at last. God then provides him with instructions as to how to use the temple properly. What struck me is how much our bodies are like that temple. Indeed, our bodies ARE temples. “Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
There are two parallels that stand out to me:
1.) The new temple was designed meticulously, down to the dimensions of even the smallest tables. We too are meticulously designed by God. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
2.) God’s people rebelled repeatedly, despite his warnings and rebuking. The entire Old Testament is wrought with his beloved children turning their backs on him and going their own way. And yet he forgave them, as he forgives us today. He called the people of Ezekiel’s time to turn from their evil ways so he could live in the temple in the midst of them. Sound familiar? “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” Romans 8:9
Just as Satan tempted the people into worshiping false gods in the Lord’s own temple, so we are tempted to harm our bodies on a daily basis. It may be as “minor” as eating something unhealthy or as extreme as heavy drug use. But there is a reason we feel awful after eating three pints of Ben & Jerry’s (nope, never done that) and like a million bucks after a plate of salmon and asparagus. We are meant to treat our bodies with care because of who made them and who lives there.
How are you treating your body? Are there things you need to ask the Holy Spirit to remove or help you overcome? I encourage you today to take a moment and examine yourself, even your day-to-day routine. Because “what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: ‘I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’” 2 Corinthians 6:16