Ezekiel - Chapters 45-48

OK, it's been a long time and I'm having a hard time picking up where I left off. Sigh. :-(

Ezekiel 45:13-15 - Interesting here, in the OT, God is demanding a offering that's less than a tithe. Maybe I'm misunderstnading the bigger picture, or this is a special circumstance or I'm doing the math wrong. All possibilities, I guess, but take a look:

  • An ephah is essentially a 'tithe' of a homer (a tenth), yet God only demands 1/6 of an ephah of wheat and barley, in other words 1/6 of a tithe.

  • He's even less demanding on oil, demanding a tithe of a tithe if you will - a tenth of a bath per cor (there are 10 baths in a cor).

  • Even less for sheep - one of 200, or half of a percent or half of a tithe of a tithe.

Don't know that it means anything per se, I just find it interesting.

Ezekiel 45-46 - I'm not sure I get who the 'prince' is nor all the sacrifices. Again, like the description of the beasts or the temple, It's hard for me to follow. It's also hard to get why it's important, but I suppose it meant a lot more to them then than it does to me now.

Ezekiel 47:1-12 - I don't quite get the exact symbolism here in the water flowing from the temple, but it is certainly a symbol of hope. Good things are coming, I'm sure that was welcome news after all the judgement and condemnation of earlier chapters.

Ezekiel 47:13-48:35 - A rather anti-climactic ending, descriptions of dividing up the land between the tribes.

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To a Jew in Ezekiel's time, the part about dividing up the land would not have been anticlimactic. This was a prophecy of their return from Babylon to the promised land, and each tribe was to receive its part. It was a prophecy of great hope.

The prophecy was only partially fulfilled in their day. The complete fulfillment is at the resurrection



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