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.

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