Here heaven is given to Ezekiel a vision of the new Temple that will be built and claimed by God. This temple will be tended to by a priest of Levi, which Hebrews does a very good job of explaining Jesus to be. Before Jesus, though, this temple is being measured. Measurement was a sign of the claiming of land and building in ancient times. God is doing this through God’s prophet Ezekiel in this text.
What do we measure at Christmas? How do we lay claim to things through measuring them? One of our understandings of God is that God knows the number of hairs on our head, God knows each star by name. Yet God claims us, because God can keep track without counting. How do we keep track of one another and God during this advent season? When do we transcend the measuring, and reach the more nebulous act of claiming God, each other and the season?
God of the heavens, we are a people who likes to count, even space and time, so you give us an image of heaven that makes sense to our human brains. But we are aware that this vision is but a moment, but a flash of heaven, and that you have a claim that is beyond counting. Teach us we pray. Amen.
Katy Stenta is a Solo Presbyterian Pastor at a Church that is Bigger on the Inside in Albany, NY.
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