-Ezekiel is next taken out into the outer court, the way toward the north; and he is brought by the man “to the chamber which was opposite the separate area and opposite the building toward the north (Ezekiel 42:1).” Then there was a description of the area opposite of the inner court and opposite the pavement which belonged to the outer court, which “was gallery corresponding to gallery in three stories (Ezekiel 42:3).” Before the chambers was an inner walk, which was ten cubits wide (about 16 feet). This walk way was 100 cubits long (about 1600 feet) and had openings on the north. “Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space away from them than from the lower and middle ones in the building (Ezekiel 42:4-5).” They were in three stories with no pillars like the pillars of the courts, and this also made the upper chambers set back more than the lower and middle ones from the ground upward. Measurements were given for the outer wall by the side of the chambers toward the outer facing the chambers as well as descriptions of the entrances (Ezekiel 42:6-12).
-Then the man said to Ezekiel, “The north chambers and the south chambers, which are opposite the separate area, they are the holy chambers where the priests who are near to the LORD shall eat the most holy things. There they shall lay the most holy things, the grain offering, the sin offering and the guilt offering; for the place is holy (Ezekiel 42:13).” The priests were given strict orders of purity here in that they could not wear their garments from the holy place where they ministered out into the outer court. After laying aside the holy garments for normal ones, they could approach the people again (Ezekiel 42:14). This indicates the fact that approaching our holy God should never be taken lightly. The garments represent a holy heart that is required to come before God.
-In the final few verses the man from God finishes up his measurements of the inner house and then the gate areas north, south, east, and west, all of the sides with wall all around, “to divide between the holy and the profane (Ezekiel 42:15-20).”
-*Application* This is a picture of Christ’s future Kingdom set up as God dwells permanently with mankind in the new earth. What a wonderful snapshot of that glorious day!
Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 42:13