46:9 â€œWhen the people of the land come before the LORD at the appointed feasts,
he who enters by the north gate to worship shall go out by the south gate, and
he who enters by the south gate shall go out by the north gate: no one shall
return by way of the gate by which he entered, but each shall go out straight
this particular verse in Ezekiel, the entry and exit points of the people who
come to the Temple to worship God during the appointed feasts have to fulfill
one criteria; that both entry and exit points have to be different. If you
enter by the north gate, you must exit by the south and vice versa.
is symbolic of the transformation that takes place in worship - you do not
leave the same way that you entered into the Presence of God.
the natural consequence by virtue of the construction of the gates is that by
entering either gate and exiting by the other, you journey through a a straight
path (i.e. not crooked). In other words, His Presence not just transforms you,
it sets you up to assume a posture of righteousness. You become righteous not
by your own doing, but by His designed path of approaching His Presence!
not moved or impressed with our worship until our hearts are moved and impressed
by Him .