Thou son of man, show the house (temple) to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. (KJV)
If they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the house, its structure, its exits, its entrances, all its designs…
And write it in their sight, so that they may observe its whole design and all its statutes and do them.
EZEKIEL 43:10–11Thou son of man, show the house (temple) to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. (KJV)
God calls all of us to make disciples; God calls us to instruct others in His ways; He calls us to show others the house. As we teach God’s plan to build a temple, we are showing the “house” (God’s blueprint to build His temple) to the “house” (God’s people).
What “iniquity” was Israel “ashamed of” in the above scripture? It was the iniquity of building their house instead of God’s house. Showing Israel God’s house will reveal their iniquity of not being built according to the pattern. So, if God’s people choose not to be built-up, they will remain in iniquity.
As you show the temple to the temple, it is up to them to “measure the pattern”; it is up to them to examine the blueprint. Let God’s people measure themselves by this standard and build accordingly; for, it is the role of every mature believer to show Israel, who is a symbol of the church, what to build, and to explain why they are building, and most importantly showing them how to build. It is only after they are ashamed of their iniquity can we successfully show them the detailed design of God’s house. A lack of conviction always limits the depth of truth God imparts to His people.
God calls every one of us to be temple builders; first, by having His temple built in us. God excludes no one in this path to maturity, but those desiring true Christian maturity must abandon their building plans first.
An excerpt from “Temple Builders: The High Calling”
John Robert Lucas