New Defender's Study Bible Notes
43:2 glory of the God of Israel. God’s shekinah glory had been present in the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34) and Solomon’s temple (I Kings 8:11), from which it had departed as Ezekiel watched. However, it had not returned to the post-exilic temple, although the post-exilic prophet Haggai had prophesied that it would return someday (Haggai 2:7). Neither had it entered Herod’s temple, although He who is Himself “the brightness of the glory” of God (Hebrews 1:3) had entered it on various occasions, finally to leave it in sadness, predicting its imminent destruction (Matthew 23:37–24:2).
43:5 glory of the LORD. The shekinah glory had departed from the temple of Solomon, and Ezekiel had seen it (Ezekiel 10:18; 11:23). Now, in a similar vision, he was permitted to observe its return to the future temple.
43:10 shew the house. Israel’s elders there in Babylon were aware by this time that their beautiful temple had been destroyed. As they were shown God’s plan for the future temple as given to Ezekiel, they should have repented of the sins of the nation, as well as their failures in leadership.
43:12 law of the house. The “house” is the millennial temple. Not only the temple proper, but also its vast enclosure and the entire mountain where it stands, will be “most holy.” Note also Zechariah 14:20, 21.
43:19 seed of Zadok. Of all the descendants of Aaron, the family of Zadok had been chosen to carry on the priesthood after the failures of Eli and Abiathar (I Samuel 2:27-34; I Kings 2:25-27,35). Note also Ezekiel 40:46; 44:15-16.