Saturday, October 25, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 86 Friday

Ezekiel chapter 47

The LORD GOD returned Ezekiel to the door of the Temple where he saw water flow out from the threshold on the east side of the Temple that came out from the south side of the altar and flowed toward the north. The man with the measuring stick led Ezekiel through the water. He led Ezekiel further and further out until Ezekiel could no longer cross without swimming. Then the man returned Ezekiel to the shore and explained the vision to him.

Does God issue any commands?
  • God commanded that the land be divided just as He stated. Even the strangers (foreigners) that live among them are to have land as an inheritance. (verses 21-23

Does God make any promises?

  • The waters would flow out to the desert in the east and to the sea where the waters will be healed. Everything that the water touches shall live but the marshy places would be left as brackish salt water.
  • The trees beside the river that Ezekiel saw will bear fruit every month and their leaves will not fade. The trees will be for food and the leaves for medicine.
  • God promised that Israel would possess the land of Promise. Joseph will have 2 portions (as the birthright which Reuben lost).

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Just as when Moses struck the rock and water flowed from it, this water represents Jesus, the Living Water. Jesus said Himself that He is the Living Water when talking with the woman at the well in John chapter 4.
  • I believe that the man speaking to Ezekiel is Jesus.
  • The vision of Ezekiel in the water is similar to the lessons that Jesus taught Nicodemus about being born of the water and the spirit in John 3:5 and what He taught His disciples, especially Peter, on the night that He washed their feet before observing the Passover with them prior to His crucifixion. It is a picture of salvation.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The time being described is a time of health and life. This must be the Millennial Kingdom rule of Jesus in Israel that is being described. Isaiah also described such a time when men will live to be of great old ages once again before death takes them. (Physical death is not abolished in that 1,000 years but it is greatly delayed! Death is finally abolished at the end of time.)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 86 Thursday

Ezekiel chapter 46

God gave Ezekiel more instructions for any future prince that ruled Israel as well as further directions for the sacrifices. Ezekiel was also shown more of the rooms in the Temple.

Does God issue any commands?

  • The gate of the inner court facing east shall be closed on the six working days but opened on the sabbath and new moon.
  • The priests shall prepare the prince's burnt offering and his peace offerings as the Prince stands by the post of the gate. Then the prince shall worship at the threshold of the gate. After that He will go out but the gate will not be shut until the evening. Someone is to be appointed to shut the gate. (That brings to mind David's saying in Psalm 84:10 about being a doorkeeper for the LORD.)
  • The people will also worship the LORD there in the sabbaths and new moons.
  • The prince will offer to the LORD 6 lambs and a ram, and a meat offering on each sabbath. On the day of each new moon He will offer a young bullock, six lambs, and a ram, also a meat offering.
  • The prince will enter and exit through the East Gate but the people will enter through the North Gate and exit through the South Gate and vice versa.
  • During feasts and solemnities the meat offering shall be an ephah per bullock and an ephah per ram, and an hin of oil per the lambs.
  • A lamb of the first year shall be prepared as a burnt offering and also a meat offering will be prepared each morning.
  • If the prince had sons he could give them land which would then become theirs by right of inheritance. And if the prince gave servants land it would return to the prince's possession during the year of liberty (Jubilee). The prince was not allowed to take the inheritance of another by force. (Remember Ahab and Naboth's vineyard?)

Does God make any promises?

  • The Prince shall enter by the porch by the East Gate.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the true Prince of Israel. He will enter the Temple through the East Gate and will worship His Father.
  • The sacrifices mentioned are all pictures of the atoning work of Jesus.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Many of the instructions given by God appear to be in theory only as they pertained to the coming temple of Zerubbabel and that of Herod. No prince of the line of David ever ruled Israel during those times so no prince ever gave a gift of inheritance to a son or a gift to his servants that would then be returned to the prince in the year of liberty (a Jubilee year) but this should not be of concern. ("If" is a very important word in verses 16-17.) It is no different than when God gave His exact standards, or commandments, to Moses for the people to follow as their covenant with Him knowing full well that they would not be able to keep them. These are the standards and we cannot keep them. If Israel had not broken the covenant the nation would not have gone into captivity and the ruling family of David would have reigned continuously and followed the standards set down for the ruling prince. However, since all that did happen, the Son of David (Jesus) had to be made the sacrifice and those who worship Him are then His sons and servants. I believe that this passage deals with the future Temple during the 1000 year reign of Christ upon the earth.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 86 Wednesday

Ezekiel chapter 45

Does God issue any commands?
  • God gave Ezekiel instructions for future reference. One of the instructions was that they would offer an oblation, a holy portion (with dimensions given) for the Temple and the priests when they divide the land by lot for inheritance.
  • God said that His princes (priests) should  no longer oppress the people. They were to remove violence and exactions (evictions) and were to execute righteous judgment and justice. Measurements were to be standard and honest.
  • God gave instructions that on the first month in the first day of the month a young bullock without blemish or spot was to be offered to cleanse the sanctuary.
  • God gave instructions that in the first month on the fourteenth day of the month they were to observe the Passover feast of seven days with unleavened bread. The Prince would then prepare for himself and all the people a bullock for a sin offering. And seven days of the feast he shall prepare a burnt offering of seven bullocks and seven rams as well as a kid of goats daily for a sin offering. Then he shall prepare a meat offering.
  • In the seventh month on the fifteenth day of the month shall he do likewise feast of the seven days according to the sin offering, burnt offering, and meat offering.
  • God gave instructions as to how much oil, wheat, barley, and lambs for offerings were to be offered in the oblations.

Does God make any promises?
  • Not that I identified.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
  • Part of the land was dedicated to the prince, which is Jesus. 
  • All offerings were pictures and types of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. He is not only the Prince, but He is the High Priest and the Sacrificial Offering.

Does this chapter teach anything  about yet-future events?
  • This appears to be the Temple in use during the time of the Messiah's reign in the Millennium. The size of it is immense, even so much larger than the temple that Herod built which was the largest to date. That must mean that the princes who are being kept from oppressing the people are those who are ruling under the authority of the Messiah.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 86 Tuesday

Ezekiel chapter 44

As God takes Ezekiel back toward the East Gate he notices that it is shut. God told him that this gate is shut because Jehovah, the God of Israel, has entered in by it. That would be the return of the Shekinah glory we read about yesterday. It will not be opened until the Prince sits in it to eat bread before Jehovah. He will enter by way of the porch of the East Gate and shall go out by the same way. Then God took Ezekiel to the North Gate where the Glory of the LORD filled the house.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God commanded Ezekiel to pay close attention to all that God had to say to him about the ordinances of the Temple and of the laws; he was to mark well the entering in of the house with every going forth of the sanctuary.
  • God told Ezekiel to tell the rebellious of Israel that their iniquity was full in that they had broken the commandments of the temple by bringing in abominations, strangers, and uncircumcised into the sanctuary and had polluted it. This had broken the covenant.
  • God told Ezekiel to tell the rebellious of Israel that no stranger, uncircumcised of heart or flesh would enter into His sanctuary of any stranger among the Children of Israel.
  • God commanded that the family of Zadok follow the standards set for priests in the law of Moses.

Does God make any promises?

  • God said that the Levites that had gone away after idols and had led Israel astray to worship the same would bear their own iniquity.
  • And yet, there would be Levites to minister in the Temple as appointed. (Perhaps this is a reference to the Levites and priests that would minister in the temple of Zerubbabel or Herod. There were Levites and priests during those times that obviously did not follow God's laws. Read Nehemiah and Ezra!)
  • The family of Zadok is singled out as priests and Levites that kept the charge of the sanctuary when the rest of Israel went astray would be accepted by God. They would be allowed to stand before Him.
  • God again stated that He would be the inheritance of the Levites. This most likely means of the family of Zadok since they are the only Levitical priestly family acceptable to God.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Prince that should enter the East Gate.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • When this Temple is built in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ Jesus will enter through the East Gate.