Ezekiel Chapter 42
"The Priests' Rooms."
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This chapter continues along the line of the two prior chapters, where Ezekiel is in the presence of the Lord, in the Millennium Sanctuary, and city. In the forty second chapter, the first twelve verses will measure the dimensions of the Priests' rooms and their location, and the verses twelve and thirteen of this chapter, it will give us their uses.
Ezekiel 42:1 "Then he brought me forth into the utter court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north."
Ezekiel 42:2 "Before the length of an hundred cubits was the north door, and the breadth was fifty cubits."
Ezekiel 42:3 "Over against the twenty cubits which were for the inner court, was gallery against gallery in three stories."
Ezekiel 42:4 "And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north."
Ezekiel 42:5 "Now the upper chambers were shorter: for the galleries were higher then these, than the lower, and than the middlemost of the building."
Ezekiel 42:6 "For they were in three stories, but had not pillars as the pillars of the courts: therefore the building was straitened more than the lowest and the middlemost from the ground.
Ezekiel 42:7 "And the wall that was without over against the chambers, toward the utter court on the forepart of the chambers, the length thereof was fifty cubits."
Ezekiel 42:8 "For the length of the chambers that were in the utter court was fifty cubits: and, lo, before the temple were an hundred cubits."
Ezekiel 42:9 "And from under these chambers was the entry on the east side, as one goeth into them from the utter court.
The "utter court" is the "outer court". "From under these chambers", means that these chambers were underneath the wall and accessible from the outer court yard.
Ezekiel 42:10 "The chambers were in the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east, over against the separate place, and over against the building."
Ezekiel 42:11 "And the way before them was like the appearance of the chambers which were toward the north, as long as they, and as broad as they: and al their goings out were both according to their fashions, and according to their doors."
This shows that all the decor around the Priests' area and rooms were identical to that of the side of the north.
Ezekiel 42:12 "And according to the doors of the chambers that we toward the south was a door in the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one entereth into them."
Ezekiel 42:13 "Then said he unto me, "The north chambers and the couth chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the Lord shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy."
The "Holy chambers" are the chambers within the Holy Place. This Holy Place is where the Priests approach the Lord Jesus Christ, and eat the meat offered up in the meat offerings. The "meat offerings" are the gift offerings. In the Hebrew text it is the "Minchah", which means "the meal offering". This offering is given as a gift of love, not necessarily to secure admittance to the presence of the Lord, but to secure favor before Him.
Under Mosaic law, this offering may or may not include the blood sacrificed meat, and in most cases will not include the meat. An example of the meat offering is found in Genesis 4:3, 4:5, in the offerings offered up before the Lord by Cain and Abel. In Exodus and Leviticus this offering acquires a special limitation, and is the only word rendered "Meat", which meant "better". This is why it is also called the "Meal offering", for it is intended to be a meal.
The "Sin Offering" is the "Chattath" in the Hebrew, and comes from the word "chat'a", which means to sin, and come short, by missing the mark of perfection set by God. Under Mosaic law this offering is given in sins of commission [actually committed].
Though we read of these places for the sacrifices and the offerings that take place, this chapter exists in the time of the Millennium age, and as such, no one will exist in the flesh form, but in their Spiritual bodies. In later chapters we sill see that these offerings are made and given in a different form then that made under Mosaic law.
Ezekiel 42:14 "When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people."
Ezekiel 42:15 "Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about."
Ezekiel 42:16 "He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about."
Ezekiel 42:17 "He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about."
Ezekiel 42:18 "He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed."
Ezekiel 42:19 "He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed."
Ezekiel 42:20 "He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place."
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