Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Ezekiel- Chapter 45

Ezekiel 45


-This chapter begins with the LORD’s portion allotment in the land; this is a holy portion of the land within the boundary of the inheritance that Jewish descendants get. The sanctuary is in it this most holy place, and it is for the priests to come near and minister as a place of worship. This is for the whole house of Israel (Ezekiel 45:1-6).

-Then there is a portion for the prince on either side of the holy allotment and the property of the city to the east and west. In this place there will no longer be oppression for the people of God by His princes, but they shall give the rest of the land to the house of Israel according to their tribes. God says, “Enough, you princes of Israel; put away violence and destruction, and practice justice and righteousness. Stop your expropriations from My people (Ezekiel 45:7-9).” Justice is what the LORD decrees and gives them measurements for just balances for offerings and sacrifices. Wheat, oil, and sheep are requirements for a grain offering, a burnt offering, and a peace offering in order to make atonement for their sins. “All the people of the land shall give to this offering for the prince in Israel. It shall be the prince’s part to provide the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the drink offerings, at the feasts, on the new moons and on the Sabbaths, at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel; he shall provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel (Ezekiel 45:10-17, also see Leviticus 1-7 as a cross reference for conditions and regulations in detail).” The sanctuary will be cleansed in the first month on the first day with a young bull without blemish. The priest will take some of the blood from the sin offering and put it on the door posts and on the four corners of the of the ledge of the altar and on the posts of the gate of the inner court for those who go astray or are naïve on the seventh day of the first month in order to make atonement for the house. On the fourteenth day of the first month the Passover, a feast for seven days, will be observed with unleavened bread eaten to represent purity. On that day the prince will provide for himself and all the people of the land a bull for a sin offering. “During the seven days of the feast he shall provide as a burnt offering to the LORD seven bulls and seven rams without blemish on every day of the seven days, and a male goat daily for a sin offering.” In addition, in the seventh month and on the fifteenth day at the Feast of Booths, the prince will provide like this (i.e. like the first month Passover week), “seven days for the sin offering, the burnt offering, the grain offering and the oil (Leviticus 23:33-43, Deuteronomy 16:13-17, Ezekiel 45:18-25).”

-*Application* God offers in this eschaton a new beginning in reflection of His worth and greatness,  a second chance to obey and do the simple things that God commands. Thank Him for giving us second chances.


Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 45:17

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