Scripture reading – Ezekiel 45

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Today’s Bible study continues our focus on the Millennial Kingdom when Christ will reign from His throne in the new Temple and Jerusalem. Ezekiel 45 gives the future division of the land in the Millennial Kingdom.

Ezekiel 45

Remembering His covenant with the children of Israel, the LORD directed Ezekiel to record the dimensions of the land as it will be divided among the Twelve Tribes in the Millennial Kingdom (Ezekiel 45-48).

The Division and Consecration of the Sacred District (Ezekiel 45:1-6)

An offering of thanksgiving will begin the division of the land to be dedicated to the LORD for the building of the Temple.  Assuming the measurement of a rod (reeds) is 10.5 feet, the sacred district will be 49.7 miles long and 39.8 miles wide (Ezekiel 45:1). Located within the district will be the Temple grounds, which will be 5,250 feet square (Ezekiel 45:2).

The “holy portion of the land” for priests who minister in the Temple (the sons of Zadok) will measure 49.7 miles long and 19.9 miles wide (Ezekiel 48:8-12). The portion assigned to the Levites will be 49.7 miles long and 19.9 miles wide (Ezekiel 45:5; Ezekiel 48:13-14). Measurements for the city of Jerusalem, in which the Temple will be located, were recorded as 49.7 miles long and 9.9 miles wide (Ezekiel 45:6).

The Division and Consecration of the Sacred District

Who is the Prince? (Ezekiel 45:7-8)

Ezekiel 45:7 chronicled two portions of land over which the “prince” will preside. Who is the prince? He was first mentioned in Ezekiel 44:1-3 and is mentioned several times in today’s study.

Some have asserted that the prince is the LORD Jesus Christ. Yet, several considerations make that impossible. For instance, the prince offers “a bullock for a sin offering” (Ezekiel 45:22). In Ezekiel 46, the prince will worship and offer sacrifices at the Temple (Ezekiel 46:2). He is also described as having sons and giving his sons an inheritance (Ezekiel 46:16-18). Therefore, though the prince will be a great man, he is not Jesus Christ. The prince will serve the LORD and act as the administrator and overseer of Jerusalem and Israel (45:8).

 

The Establishment of a Just Society (Ezekiel 45:9-12)

The world of Ezekiel’s day and the captivity of God’s people in Babylon was like ours. Sin, ungodliness, violence, and depravity have defined man’s existence since the fall (Genesis 4) and continue to today. Reminiscent of Romans 1, we live in a world that has rejected the LORD, His Law, and Commandments (Romans 1:20). Words like vain, foolish, immoral, unrighteous, and unmerciful only begin to paint the picture of mankind’s depravity (Romans 1:21-31).

Yet, Christ’s Millennial Kingdom will be one of perfect justice (Ezekiel 45:9-11). Government will not oppress the people (Ezekiel 45:9), and the weight and measurements of commodities will be fair and proper (Ezekiel 45:10-12) because God’s righteous Law will prevail.

Stewardship and Offerings of the Millennial Kingdom

Stewardship and Offerings of the Millennial Kingdom (Ezekiel 45:13-17)

The people of the Millennial will bring to the prince the offerings and dues required (Ezekiel 45:13-16). He will allocate the necessary portion and sacrifices on the Feast Days, New Moon (monthly service), and Sabbath worship (Ezekiel 45:17). Three annual feasts (festivals) will be observed in the Messiah’s kingdom. The New Year (Ezekiel 45:18-20) will require the sacrifice of “a young bullock without blemish” to cleanse the Temple (no doubt reminding the priests of their sins, Ezekiel 45:18).

The sacrifice and offerings of the Passover Feast (Ezekiel 45:21-24) will remind God’s people they were delivered from slavery to sin (Exodus 12:1-3, 14-20; Leviticus 23:48; Numbers 28:16-25).  Here also, the prince prepares himself to offer “a bullock for a sin offering” (Ezekiel 45:22).

The Feast of the Tabernacles will be the third annual festival observed in the Millennial Kingdom. As it was for Israel in the wilderness, it will testify to the LORD’s promise and power to bring His people home (Ezekiel 45:25; Leviticus 23:33-44; Numbers 29:12-38). The sacrifice and offerings will be the same as for the Passover Feast.

 

Closing thoughts

Why will the people bring sacrifices and offerings in the Millennial Kingdom? Like the sacrifices of the Old Testament, they will testify to one’s faith in the LORD’s grace and mercy and His willingness to forgive sin. The Millennial will serve as a picture of Christ’s sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:1-18; Psalm 51:16-17). 

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