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19 July, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 33 — Ezekiel 45 and 46

Study 33 From the Book of Ezekiel is: Ezekiel 45 and 46

Not only was the Temple different in many respects from that of Solomon, but the whole land was to be divided up in a new way. A broad strip of land, extending right across the country from the Mediterranean to the Jordan and including the Temple, was to be set apart for the Lord (45:1-8). Verses 9-17 lay down regulations as regards, weights and measures, and the dues to be paid by the people to the prince.  The remainder is chiefly concerned with the feasts and offerings (45:18-46:15), but at the end are two notes, one about the right of the prince to bestow part of his territory upon his sons or servants (46:16-18), and the other about rooms in the Temple courts to be used as kitchens for boiling the flesh of the sacrifices (46:19-24).
1.     How does 45:8-12 show that the holiness which Jehovah requires is not only religious but moral? What light do these verses throw upon God’s attitude to injustice and oppression, and to commercial dishonesty? Cf. 46:18; Lv. 19:35, 36; Pr. 11:1; 1 Pet. 1:14-16.
2.     What is said three times in 45:15-20 to be the purpose of the sacrifices? If they had not been offered, could the people have had any assurance in drawing nigh to God? What in the New Testament is revealed as the true ground of atonement? Cf. Heb. 10:4-10; 1 Jn. 2:1, 2.
Notes
1.     45:1. The holy district consisted of 25, 000 cubits was about eight miles
2.     45:10-12. There was a vast amount of local variation in ancient Israel regarding weights and measures, and this was the cause of much commercial malpractice. Ezekiel is here demanding in God’s name strict standardization.
3.     46:19 defines the positions of the priest’ kitchens, as verses 21-24 do the position of the people’s kitchens