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Wednesday 6/2/21
The Sacrifice
📽️ Ezekiel 43 🔊

 1Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:
 2And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
 3And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.
 4And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
 5So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.
 6And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.
 7And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.
 8In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.
 9Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.
 10Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.
 11And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.
 12This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.
 13And these are the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit is a cubit and an hand breadth; even the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof round about shall be a span: and this shall be the higher place of the altar.
 14And from the bottom upon the ground even to the lower settle shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser settle even to the greater settle shall be four cubits, and the breadth one cubit.
 15So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.
 16And the altar shall be twelve cubits long, twelve broad, square in the four squares thereof.
 17And the settle shall be fourteen cubits long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom thereof shall be a cubit about; and his stairs shall look toward the east.
 18And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.
 19And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord GOD, a young bullock for a sin offering.
 20And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.
 21Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary.
 22And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock.
 23When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.
 24And thou shalt offer them before the LORD, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the LORD.
 25Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.
 26Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.
 27And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD.

Today's Scripture Meaning 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Ezekiel
Date Penned: BC 571
Overview: Messages of Hope (c 33-48)
Theme: Restoring the Worship of God (c 40-48)
Message: Sacrifices in the Temple (v 1-27) 
 
Ezekiel: Chapter 43 Commentary
 
(43:1) This is the combination of chapters 40 through 42 for God’s glory returns to the temple. It reverses the negative cast of the books and concludes all the passages dealing with blessings reserved for the restored remnant. All true believers should long for the moment we God’s name will finally be glorified and he will live among his people forever.

(43:2) 11:23, God’s glory stopped over the mount of olives, to the east of Jerusalem, before leaving the city. This prophecy states that his glory would also return from the east.

(43:3,4) Just as it was completely devastating for Ezekiel when God’s glory departed, in chapter 11, from his temple, so it was overwhelming beyond expression when he saw God’s glory return. 

(43:9-11) When God departed from the city, it was a signal for the destruction of the city and the temple. Now for God to return his conditions must be met: Idolatry had to be removed. Many feel these verses indicate that Ezekiel was commanding The people of his day to build this temple according to the design and regulations the angelic architect had given. But the people never repented, the conditions were not met, and so the fulfillment was postponed.

(43:12) The basic law of God’s temple was holiness. And all he does, God is holy. There is no trace of evil or seeing in him. Just as God is holy, so we are to be holy as outlined in Leviticus chapter 19 in first Peter chapter 1. The people are holy when they are devoted to God and separated from sin. If we do not understand the basic concept of holiness we will never progress very far in our Christian growth.

(43:18-27) This vision was simultaneously flashing back to Mount Sinai and forward to Mount Calvary. When the people return from exile they would seek forgiveness through the sacrificial system instituted in Moses’ day. Today, Christ's death has made the forgiveness of our sins possible, making us acceptable to God as outlined in Hebrews Chapter 9. God stands ready to forgive those who come to him in faith.

Today's Scripture Application

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the Book of Ezekiel with Chapter 43. In our text today we see the sacrifices in the temple as this vision was looking at Mount Sinai forward to Mount Calvary showing the sacrificial system from Moses to Jesus-Christ. In making application we see the sacrifice paid for our sin. How about you? Do you see the sacrifice that Jesus paid for you personal sin debt? Let us learn from our text today and see the sacrificial system and how Jesus was the one time sacrifice that saves men that call upon His Name.
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