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The same subject is prosecuted through this Chapter, as in the former. Ezekiel is further introduced into the several apartments of this magnificent place.
I beg the Reader not to lose sight of this wonderful person, who is the Prophet's guide on this occasion. None but He, that is the Wonderful Counsellor, can be competent to instruct an inspired Prophet, in whom are held all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Isaiah 9:6 ; Colossians 2:3 .
When we consider how numerous those chambers were, may we not without violence, suppose they are intended to typify the many mansions in the Church above? At least they will serve to remind us of them, John 14:2 .
There is somewhat particularly striking in the account here given of the holy chambers, and the uses intended for them. In the Hebrew the expression is beautiful; they are the holinesses of holinesses: see Leviticus 2:3 . And what do we learn from hence, but that Jesus, our Great High Priest, is here set forth, our New Testament Altar, Sacrifice, and Sacrificer! I wish all true followers of the Lord Jesus would keep this in remembrance, for then we should hear no more of calling that place the Altar, which forms the communion rails at the table in churches. Alas! how senseless is it to give that title to a place which belongs only to the Lord Jesus, and to turn to it to say the Creed, as if the Lord Jesus was there, and there only! The mind of that man must be grossly ignorant who doth it. He whom John saw was in the midst of the golden candlesticks, to intimate his presence in the midst of his Churches and people, can be the only object of adoration. Revelation 1:13 .
READER! while you and I are following the Prophet, led by Jesus, through the several apartments, let us not lose sight of Him, who is himself the habitation of his Church and people, and their portion forever. Here let us contemplate the Lord indeed, under every endearing character, and we shall find him to be our dwelling place, our Temple, our Altar, High Priest, and Sacrifice! And how do all his perfection's suit our souls, for our abiding place, and rest, and, solace, and delight forever. In his person, righteousness, and grace, are hid and live securely all his redeemed. Jesus takes them all in, brings them all home, clotheth them with his own garments of salvation, feeds them with his own body and blood, and communicates to them of his fulness, grace here, and glory forever. Exult, my soul, in this delightful view of thy glorious Saviour, and cry out in the words of the Prophet; I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God: for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness; as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Ezekiel 42". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/
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