Something happens in the dream temple this chapter, the glory of God arrives. It is in the same form as the amazing visions that opened the book: a big gleaming stack of images of God with Jesus on top. Its reappearance brings the book to a full circle.
And there is, to me, a pretty big hint of why it doesn’t really matter whether this temple is ever actually built.
Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider its perfection
The idea of it is powerful by itself, for illustrating god’s standard to the people. The vision then talks about being accepted by God, through the sacrifices in this unbuilt temple.
The vision is a reminder of what God hates, a call to recommit to God, and a promise of acceptability by God.
Spent a lovely holiday day with two friends, mother and daughter, on a road trip to the hot springs of Rotorua.
Another day here, and then we head down to Wellington, the launchpad for the South Island.
The two 16 year olds are getting along fine, seem to have the ease they had in primary school, even though it’s been years.
Ren is asking some really stimulating and awkward questions about morality and religion that I find difficult to have the space, in the dynamic, to answer. It’s a pity because obviously I have a lot of thoughts about all that stuff, so I hope I get an opportunity to. But it’s really nice and comfortable and relaxing so far. And I’m loving the luxury of time. There is nowhere if rather be, no other people I’d rather be with.