Read Ezekiel 41
Focus on verse 13
I have come to the realization that there are times when meticulous measurement is critical to the success of the project. I learned this from an old carpenter that I once worked with as a student. We were measuring lumber that was to be cut for a book-shelving project he was working on, as he was instructing me on how to cut the boards accurately he made the comment that “a good carpenter is not the one who never makes mistakes, but the one who knows how to cover them up.” He then clarified that for this project if the measurements were within an eighth of an inch it would not negatively affect the final outcome. As I pondered that it occurred to me that carpentry is not the only occupation in which that is true. As we continued to discuss the pros and cons of accurate measurement, he added that he had once had a neurosurgeon help him with a project that had observed that in his line of work an eighth of an inch could mean the difference between his patient being permanently disabled or perfectly healthy.
In today’s reading the entire chapter simply records Ezekiel observing the temple in his vision being meticulously measured, presumably so that Ezekiel could record this information so that when the remnant would return they would have a blueprint by which to rebuild it. It would seem that given the attention to detail that is given in the description, it was something that was important to God.
This actually is consistent with the nature of God in how He is revealed in the rest of the scriptures, as well as when we look more closely at the intricacy of His creation. The detail with which the universe is created is beyond amazing. For instance – consider the practically infinite number of galaxies, planets, and stars hurtling through space at high rates of speed, yet over the life of our planet we have not yet collided with anything other than the stuff that causes us to see meteorites (falling stars) at night. On the other end of the spectrum the human body is apparently composed of mostly water and around seven dollars worth of carbon based compounds, but no human has been able to take those materials and combine them to make a person. In my world to believe that such a complex system just happened to explode into existence without someone to design it takes more faith than it does to believe the words of Genesis 1:1 where it says “In the beginning God created…”.
Perhaps at least one of the things God is attempting to communicate to us through all this measuring is that He is a God of meticulous detail. He does, after all, claim to be perfect, and at this point, I have seen little convincing evidence anywhere to prove He is not.