Ezekiel chapter 46

The offerings, continued.

 


 

Note: Many people find it morally objectionable that a religion requires the killing of innocent animals.

 


 

THE OFFERINGS, CONTINUED

 

VERSE 1. “ ‘The Lord GOD says: “The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath day it shall be opened, and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

looks toward the east. That it, the east gate from the outer court to the inner court.

shall be shut the six working days. This east gate will be closed six days of the week.

on the Sabbath day it shall be opened. This east gate will be opened on the Sabbath Day.

on the day of the new moon. This east gate will be opened on the day of the New Moon.

 

VERSE 2. The prince shall enter by the way of the porch of the gate outside, and shall stand by the post of the gate; and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate. Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.

The prince. That is, David.

shall stand by the post of the gate. David will be allowed to stand at the gatepost of the east gate during these days as the sacrifice he brought on behalf of the people will be offered.

he shall worship at the threshold of the gate. David is not allowed to enter the area.

 

VERSE 3. The people of the land shall worship at the door of that gate before the LORD on the Sabbaths and on the new moons.

 

VERSE 4. The burnt offering that the prince shall offer to the LORD shall be on the Sabbath day, six lambs without defect and a ram without defect;

 

VERSE 5. and the meal offering shall be an efah for the ram, and the meal offering for the lambs as he is able to give, and a hin of oil to an efah.

an efah. One efah is about 22 liters or about 2/3 of a bushel.

a hin. A hin is about 6.5 liters or 1.7 gallons.

 

VERSE 6. On the day of the new moon it shall be a young bull without defect, six lambs, and a ram. They shall be without defect.

 

VERSE 7. He shall prepare a meal offering: an efah for the bull, and an efah for the ram, and for the lambs according as he is able, and a hin of oil to an efah.

 

VERSE 8. When the prince enters, he shall go in by the way of the porch of the gate, and he shall go out by its way.

 

VERSE 9. “ ‘ “But when the people of the land come before the LORD in the appointed feasts, he who enters by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he who enters by the way of the south gate shall go out by the way of the north gate. He shall not return by the way of the gate by which he came in, but shall go out straight before him.

he who enters by the way of the north gate. The people who enter via the north gate are to leave via the south gate.

he who enters by the way of the south gate. The people who enter via the south gate are to leave via the north gate.

leave by the opposite gate. The Jewish people could hardly enter the Temple of the Living God without being changed. This was so obvious that they couldn’t even depart by the same door they entered.

1 Kings 13:10. So he went another way, and didn’t return by the way that he came to Bethel.

Ezekiel 46:9. No one shall return by the gate through which he has entered, but he shall leave by the opposite gate. (NAB translation)

Matthew 2:12. Being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way.

 

VERSE 10. The prince shall go in with them when they go in. When they go out, he shall go out.

 

VERSE 11. “ ‘ “In the feasts and in the appointed holidays, the meal offering shall be an efah for a bull, and an efah for a ram, and for the lambs as he is able to give, and a hin of oil to an efah.

an efah. One efah is about 22 liters or about 2/3 of a bushel.

 

VERSE 12. When the prince prepares a free will offering, a burnt offering or peace offerings as a free will offering to the LORD, one shall open for him the gate that looks toward the east; and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out; and after his going out one shall shut the gate.

When the prince prepares a free will offering. This is a special arrangement.

open for him the gate that looks toward the east. David can make a freewill offering at any time, and the east gate will be opened for him.

 

VERSE 13. “ ‘ “You shall prepare a lamb a year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD daily. Morning by morning you shall prepare it.

 

VERSE 14. You shall prepare a meal offering with it morning by morning, the sixth part of an efah, and the third part of a hin of oil to moisten the fine flour; a meal offering to the LORD continually by a perpetual ordinance.

an efah. One efah is about 22 liters or about 2/3 of a bushel.

 

VERSE 15. Thus they shall prepare the lamb, the meal offering, and the oil, morning by morning, for a continual burnt offering.”

 

VERSE 16. “ ‘The Lord GOD says: “If the prince gives a gift to any of his sons, it is his inheritance. It shall belong to his sons. It is their possession by inheritance.

 

VERSE 17. But if he gives of his inheritance a gift to one of his servants, it shall be his to the year of liberty; then it shall return to the prince; but as for his inheritance, it shall be for his sons.

the year of liberty. This is also known as the Year of Jubilee. It happened every 50 years.

During the Year of Jubilee, property was to return to its original owners. See Leviticus 25:8-24. The Jubilee Year.

 

VERSE 18. Moreover the prince shall not take of the people’s inheritance, to thrust them out of their possession. He shall give inheritance to his sons out of his own possession, that my people not each be scattered from his possession.” ’ ”

 

VERSE 19. Then he brought me through the entry, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy rooms for the priests, which looked toward the north. Behold, there was a place on the back part westward.

 

VERSE 20. He said to me, “This is the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, and where they shall bake the meal offering, that they not bring them out into the outer court, to sanctify the people.”

where the priests shall boil the trespass offering. The angelic guide leads Ezekiel to the kitchens in the temple complex.

 

VERSE 21. Then he brought me out into the outer court and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and behold, in every corner of the court there was a court.

 

VERSE 22. In the four corners of the court there were courts enclosed, forty cubits long and thirty wide. These four in the corners were the same size.

forty cubits. A cubit is the length from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow on a man’s arm, or about 18 inches or 46 centimeters.

 

VERSE 23. There was a wall around in them, around the four, and boiling places were made under the walls all around.

boiling places. There are four kitchens for the sacrifices of the people. They are at the four corners of the court.

 

VERSE 24. Then he said to me, “These are the boiling houses, where the ministers of the house shall boil the sacrifice of the people.”

 


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