Puritan Board Junior
I have always been mystified by these chapters. I am reading them, but I just don't get it. I have heard it said that the New Temple represents the Church. Any insights you may have will be appreciated.
Think of it as a "theology of space"
I don't think this is right. The city portion is about 1.6 miles by 8.3 miles according to Ezekiel 45:6. What is striking is that the location of the temple is about 60 miles north of Jerusalem (no surprise to anyone familiar with the prophet's view of that city). Ezekiel 40-48 is certainly theology expressed in the form of architecture, legislation and geography. The key is to notice what is different about Ezekiel's vision from the temple and tabernacle - and indeed from John's New Jerusalem. See my commentary for more details.Note that as revelation progresses the size of the temple/city grows and grows until it is fantastically large. The holy city in Ezekiel is so large it barely fits into the Promised Land and the size alone shows that this was never meant to be a physical city, it is too large to build.