Relfection on Ezekiel 44:1-3

“And he brought me back to the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary, which looked towards the east: and it was shut.And the Lord said to me: This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall pass through it: because the Lord the God of Israel hath entered in by it, and it shall be shutFor the prince. The prince himself shall sit in it, to eat bread before the Lord: he shall enter in by the way of the porch of the gate, and shall go out by the same way.” (Ezekiel 44:1-3)

Literal Sense: Ezekiel was shown the outer sanctuary gate which was shut and was told it would remain shut because God himself has entered in by the gate.

Allegorical Sense: This means that Jesus, the prince, has entered the temple, the church, and the entrance into the church has been permanently shut, signifying that He will never leave her.

Moral Sense: Christ will always live within the temple of our bodies if we remain faithful to Him.

Anagogical Sense: Since the gate has been shut permanently, we may rejoice that Jesus will never abandon us since he will live within us forever.

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