Ezekiel 44:The Gate for the Prince
1 Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east. And it was shut.
2 And the LORD said to me, "This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered by it. Therefore it shall remain shut.
3 Only the prince may sit in it to eat bread before the LORD. He shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gate, and shall go out by the same way."
4 Then he brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple, and I looked, and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple of the LORD. And I fell on my face.
5 And the LORD said to me, "Son of man, mark well, see with your eyes, and hear with your ears all that I shall tell you concerning all the statutes of the temple of the LORD and all its laws. And mark well the entrance to the temple and all the exits from the sanctuary.
6 And say to the rebellious house, to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: O house of Israel, enough of all your abominations,
7 in admitting foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, to be in my sanctuary, profaning my temple, when you offer to me my food, the fat and the blood. You have broken my covenant, in addition to all your abominations.
8 And you have not kept charge of my holy things, but you have set others to keep my charge for you in my sanctuary.
9 "Thus says the Lord GOD: No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, shall enter my sanctuary.
10 But the Levites who went far from me, going astray from me after their idols when Israel went astray, shall bear their punishment.
11 They shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the temple and ministering in the temple. They shall slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before the people, to minister to them.
12 Because they ministered to them before their idols and became a stumbling block of iniquity to the house of Israel, therefore I have sworn concerning them, declares the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their punishment.
13 They shall not come near to me, to serve me as priest, nor come near any of my holy things and the things that are most holy, but they shall bear their shame and the abominations that they have committed.
14 Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the temple, to do all its service and all that is to be done in it.
Rules for Levitical Priests
15 "But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept the charge of my sanctuary when the people of Israel went astray from me, shall come near to me to minister to me. And they shall stand before me to offer me the fat and the blood, declares the Lord GOD.
16 They shall enter my sanctuary, and they shall approach my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my charge.
17 When they enter the gates of the inner court, they shall wear linen garments. They shall have nothing of wool on them, while they minister at the gates of the inner court, and within.
18 They shall have linen turbans on their heads, and linen undergarments around their waists. They shall not bind themselves with anything that causes sweat.
19 And when they go out into the outer court to the people, they shall put off the garments in which they have been ministering and lay them in the holy chambers. And they shall put on other garments, lest they transmit holiness to the people with their garments.
20 They shall not shave their heads or let their locks grow long; they shall surely trim the hair of their heads.
21 No priest shall drink wine when he enters the inner court.
22 They shall not marry a widow or a divorced woman, but only virgins of the offspring of the house of Israel, or a widow who is the widow of a priest.
23 They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.
24 In a dispute, they shall act as judges, and they shall judge it according to my judgments. They shall keep my laws and my statutes in all my appointed feasts, and they shall keep my Sabbaths holy.
25 They shall not defile themselves by going near to a dead person. However, for father or mother, for son or daughter, for brother or unmarried sister they may defile themselves.
26 After he has become clean, they shall count seven days for him.
27 And on the day that he goes into the Holy Place, into the inner court, to minister in the Holy Place, he shall offer his sin offering, declares the Lord GOD.
28 "This shall be their inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.
29 They shall eat the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, and every devoted thing in Israel shall be theirs.
30 And the first of all the firstfruits of all kinds, and every offering of all kinds from all your offerings, shall belong to the priests. You shall also give to the priests the first of your dough, that a blessing may rest on your house.
31 The priests shall not eat of anything, whether bird or beast, that has died of itself or is torn by wild animals.
Ezekiel 45: The Holy District
1 "When you allot the land as an inheritance, you shall set apart for the LORD a portion of the land as a holy district, 25,000 cubits long and 20,000 cubits broad. It shall be holy throughout its whole extent.
2 Of this a square plot of 500 by 500 cubits shall be for the sanctuary, with fifty cubits for an open space around it.
3 And from this measured district you shall measure off a section 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 broad, in which shall be the sanctuary, the Most Holy Place.
4 It shall be the holy portion of the land. It shall be for the priests, who minister in the sanctuary and approach the LORD to minister to him, and it shall be a place for their houses and a holy place for the sanctuary.
5 Another section, 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits broad, shall be for the Levites who minister at the temple, as their possession for cities to live in.
6 "Alongside the portion set apart as the holy district you shall assign for the property of the city an area 5,000 cubits broad and 25,000 cubits long. It shall belong to the whole house of Israel.
The Portion for the Prince
7 "And to the prince shall belong the land on both sides of the holy district and the property of the city, alongside the holy district and the property of the city, on the west and on the east, corresponding in length to one of the tribal portions, and extending from the western to the eastern boundary
8 of the land. It is to be his property in Israel. And my princes shall no more oppress my people, but they shall let the house of Israel have the land according to their tribes.
9 "Thus says the Lord GOD: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord GOD.
10 "You shall have just balances, a just ephah, and a just bath.
11 The ephah and the bath shall be of the same measure, the bath containing one tenth of a homer, and the ephah one tenth of a homer; the homer shall be the standard measure.
12 The shekel shall be twenty gerahs; twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels shall be your mina.
13 "This is the offering that you shall make: one sixth of an ephah from each homer of wheat, and one sixth of an ephah from each homer of barley,
14 and as the fixed portion of oil, measured in baths, one tenth of a bath from each cor (the cor, like the homer, contains ten baths).
15 And one sheep from every flock of two hundred, from the watering places of Israel for grain offering, burnt offering, and peace offerings, to make atonement for them, declares the Lord GOD.
16 All the people of the land shall be obliged to give this offering to the prince in Israel.
17 It shall be the prince's duty to furnish the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the new moons, and the Sabbaths, all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel.
18 "Thus says the Lord GOD: In the first month, on the first day of the month, you shall take a bull from the herd without blemish, and purify the sanctuary.
19 The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple, the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and the posts of the gate of the inner court.
20 You shall do the same on the seventh day of the month for anyone who has sinned through error or ignorance; so you shall make atonement for the temple.
21 "In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall celebrate the Feast of the Passover, and for seven days unleavened bread shall be eaten.
22 On that day the prince shall provide for himself and all the people of the land a young bull for a sin offering.
23 And on the seven days of the festival he shall provide as a burnt offering to the LORD seven young bulls and seven rams without blemish, on each of the seven days; and a male goat daily for a sin offering.
24 And he shall provide as a grain offering an ephah for each bull, an ephah for each ram, and a hin of oil to each ephah.
25 In the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month and for the seven days of the feast, he shall make the same provision for sin offerings, burnt offerings, and grain offerings, and for the oil.
Ezekiel 46: The Prince and the Feasts
1 "Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on 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.
2 The prince shall enter by the vestibule of the gate from outside, and shall take his stand by the post of the gate. The priests shall offer 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 evening.
3 The people of the land shall bow down at the entrance of that gate before the LORD on the Sabbaths and on the new moons.
4 The burnt offering that the prince offers to the LORD on the Sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish and a ram without blemish.
5 And the grain offering with the ram shall be an ephah, and the grain offering with the lambs shall be as much as he is able, together with a hin of oil to each ephah.
6 On the day of the new moon he shall offer a bull from the herd without blemish, and six lambs and a ram, which shall be without blemish.
7 As a grain offering he shall provide an ephah with the bull and an ephah with the ram, and with the lambs as much as he is able, together with a hin of oil to each ephah.
8 When the prince enters, he shall enter by the vestibule of the gate, and he shall go out by the same way.
9 "When the people of the land come before the LORD at the appointed feasts, he who enters by the north gate to worship shall go out by the south gate, and he who enters by the south gate shall go out by the north gate: no one shall return by way of the gate by which he entered, but each shall go out straight ahead.
10 When they enter, the prince shall enter with them, and when they go out, he shall go out.
11 "At the feasts and the appointed festivals, the grain offering with a young bull shall be an ephah, and with a ram an ephah, and with the lambs as much as one is able to give, together with a hin of oil to an ephah.
12 When the prince provides a freewill offering, either a burnt offering or peace offerings as a freewill offering to the LORD, the gate facing east shall be opened for him. And he shall offer his burnt offering or his peace offerings as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he has gone out the gate shall be shut.
13 "You shall provide a lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering to the LORD daily; morning by morning you shall provide it.
14 And you shall provide a grain offering with it morning by morning, one sixth of an ephah, and one third of a hin of oil to moisten the flour, as a grain offering to the LORD. This is a perpetual statute.
15 Thus the lamb and the meal offering and the oil shall be provided, morning by morning, for a regular burnt offering.
16 "Thus says the Lord GOD: If the prince makes a gift to any of his sons as his inheritance, it shall belong to his sons. It is their property by inheritance.
17 But if he makes a gift out of his inheritance to one of his servants, it shall be his to the year of liberty. Then it shall revert to the prince; surely it is his inheritance---it shall belong to his sons.
18 The prince shall not take any of the inheritance of the people, thrusting them out of their property. He shall give his sons their inheritance out of his own property, so that none of my people shall be scattered from his property."
Boiling Places for Offerings
19 Then he brought me through the entrance, which was at the side of the gate, to the north row of the holy chambers for the priests, and behold, a place was there at the extreme western end of them.
20 And he said to me, "This is the place where the priests shall boil the guilt offering and the sin offering, and where they shall bake the grain offering, in order not to bring them out into the outer court and so transmit holiness to the people."
21 Then he brought me out to the outer court and led me around to the four corners of the court. And behold, in each corner of the court there was another court---
22 in the four corners of the court were small courts, forty cubits long and thirty broad; the four were of the same size.
23 On the inside, around each of the four courts was a row of masonry, with hearths made at the bottom of the rows all around.
24 Then he said to me, "These are the kitchens where those who minister at the temple shall boil the sacrifices of the people."
Things to think about…
1.The east gate – even though this temple has not been built, this gate is sealed shut even today, Ezek 44:1,2. Note that the God of Israel 'has entered by it'. Jesus entered Jerusalem by the Eastern gate or Golden Gate in His earthly ministry – mind you it was a different gate to the present one the Suliman the Moslem blocked off in the 1200's because the Romans destroyed the original walls in AD70. But even after the next temple is built, this gate will remain shut. The Jews desperately want this temple built. Have a look online to see what they have done so far www.templeinstitute.org. As we have said Ezekiel's temple area far exceeds what is presently available on the temple mount today. The topography will be far different when Jesus returns. Does the Lord want the law of Moses to be filled perfectly? Remember the words of Christ "I have not come to destroy the law but fulfil the law". Mt 5:17.
2.Note that the prince shall sit in it, Ezek 44:3. This is the Prince of Peace - Jesus.
3.If the words of Ezek 44:15-31 are true and this is still future, where we see Jews commanded to carry out the law, how does this affect the words of the Apostle Paul who says that the law is a shadow of the things to come, the old has gone. The writer of the Hebrews says these things were wearing old and are fading. Surely the Lord does not want the Jews to return back to the law, He wants them to turn to Christ, so what is happening here in Ezekiel, how do we interpret this passage? I confess these are difficult passages to interpret. But note no High Priest is mentioned. Jesus is the High Priest. He is the perfect fulfilment of the law.
4.Christ will minister the law perfectly through the priests, keeping his charge Ezek 45:16. The glory of the Lord fills the temple, Ezek 44:4 because Christ is there ministering through this holy Levitical priesthood.
5.Ezek 45:1-6 lists out the two portions – one is holy which contains the temple and separate to, but encompassing this area, is the portion of the prince. This land has not been divided up before in the history of Israel – this division is still future and will remain for the Millennium rule of Christ. These are difficult passages to decipher, but as with all scripture, we need to see what the Lord is saying through them. A casual observation is that He is separate from all earthly origins. We also need to be separated from the world and sinful pursuits.
6.The prince – the ruling monarch, is to be provided for and as a result, provide the means for the feast days and sacrifices. This is very similar to what we read in the reign of Solomon. In like manner churches need to be given an allotment from tithes and offerings in order to carry out their service of ministering the Word of God. As with Abraham, a sacrifice will be provided. Indeed it has been provided through His Son – Jesus. Pray that the Lord would continue to bless the word of God at CBC. Please continue to pray for me to continue to minister His word faithfully.
7.Look at the order which is displayed in the ministry of the prince, Ezek 46:1-18. In churches we are also asked to do things 'decently and in order', 1Cor 14:40. Pray for me and the Elders as well as ministry leaders that we seek after Christ's order in our ministries.
8.Note that the gate of the inner court which faces east, Ezek 46:1 is where the Prince enters. This is not the Temple gate which remains closed. The Prince enters and leaves through this inner court gate. The people bow down at this gate. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. He is the Prince of Peace in this Millennial temple.
9.Look at these last few verses about boiling the offerings, Ezek 46:19-24. The offerings had to be contained so that holiness would not be transmitted to the people, vs 21. Surely we want holiness transmitted. What is going on here? Consider:- would Christ be accepted as a Saviour if He was polluted? He became sin, who knew no sin, that we might take on His righteousness. Remember Adam and Eve were shut out from the Tree of Life after they sinned. In the Millennium sin will still be a part of people born in Adam. Christ's people will be like Christ, without sin, but those who are born in the Millennium will need to have holiness given to them by Christ the Prince. No other sacrifice will do.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday morning's message on "Endure hardship as discipline" from Heb 12:7-11.
1.How did you reconcile a tough period in your life? Did you see the Lord's hand behind the circumstances? Explain.
2.Consider these verses in Hebrews and what Luke said on Sunday. Explain how the Lord has disciplined you in your life.
3.How do you speak into the life of someone who is going through a tough time when you know that they love the Lord and are honouring Him in the way they live. How do these verses apply?
4.Pray that the Lord's people grow stronger regardless of the outward circumstances and that we all grow in a greater knowledge of the Lord.
1.Darrel Ponter out of hospital but will be on pain management. A number of others not well – Steve Hawkins, Scott Dunn, Andre Scheepers – pray for healing and peace.
2.More fires flaring this week in SE Qld, and NSW. Pray who have suffered loss from the fires – Stanthorpe, Gold Coast hinterland, Bunna Burra. The Sunshine Coast also suffered loss this week.
3.Pray for drought breaking rain.
4.NSW parliament they have passed the lower house to decriminalize abortion laws. Likely to be passed in the upper house. Another very sad day in Australia. But keep praying.
5.More Sunday school teachers
6.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
7.Next Sunday's messages. "Why should we consider the Bible as the Word of God" in the morning, "Christ's Millennial temple" Ezek 40-48 – Axiom 6pm.
8.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
9.Church finances to meet our expenses.
10.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.
11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Rain earlier this week – thankyou Lord.
2.All the work done at the Working Bee – thankyou.
3.Praise the Lord for our fire fighters and emergency services
4.Praise God for people being healed from flues and colds.
5.Those who serve on our worship teams and ministry teams.
6.Ministry of God's Word on Sunday.
7.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
8.A number considering baptism.
1.Aitchison group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.
3.Recharge – Finished for 3 Fridays.
4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.
5.Ross and Karen Goltz's 40th wedding anniversary being celebrated at CBC this Sunday after the morning service. Please bring a plate to share.
6.Andre preaching in the morning of the 29th Sept. John Molhoke preaching at Axiom on the Incarnation of Christ.
This month's catechism question...
Q. 4. Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
A. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Bible Reference – Matt.6:9-13.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3