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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Ezekiel Chapter 48

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: The Land Divided Among the Tribes (v 1-29) The City Gates (v 30-34)
 
Ezekiel: Chapter 48 Commentary
 

(48:1) The division of the land shows that in God's Kingdom there is a place for all who believe in our Lord as we see in the Book of John,


(48:13) Over against means - the opposite.

(48:15) Over against along means - a profane place for. The word suburbs means - pastureland.

(48:18) Residue means - rest

(48:20) Foursquare means - a square

(48:35) The book of Ezekiel begins by describing the holiness of GOd, which Israel had despised and ignored. As a result, God's Presence departed from the Temple, the city, and the people. The book ends with a detailed vision of the new Temple, the new city, and the new people, all demonstrating God's holiness. The pressures of everyday life can persuade us to focus on the here and now so we forget God. That is why our worship is so important. It takes our eyes off our current worries and gives us a glimpse of God's holiness and allows us to look toward his future Kingdom. God's presence makes everything glorious and worship brings us into his presence.

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application


Preparing a Place

 

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 48. In our text today we see the land divided among the tribes showing that there is a place for all who have salvation in the Lord. In making application we see how our Lord is preparing a place for us before the rapture of the Church. This truth should motivate us to be obedient and focused on the Lord. How about you? Are you obedient to the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the Book of Ezekiel to see the vision the Lord gave Ezekiel about the times we are living today from Israel to the Rapture to the Temple which should cause us to obedient and busy about the Lord's business. 

 

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Ezekiel 48

Ezekiel 48

 1Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazarenan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan.

 2And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Asher.

 3And by the border of Asher, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali.

 4And by the border of Naphtali, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh.

 5And by the border of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Ephraim.

 6And by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Reuben.

 7And by the border of Reuben, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Judah.

 8And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, from the east side unto the west side: and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it.

 9The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth.

 10And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the midst thereof.

 11It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.

 12And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.

 13And over against the border of the priests the Levites shall have five and twenty thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth: all the length shall be five and twenty thousand, and the breadth ten thousand.

 14And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the LORD.

 15And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against the five and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs: and the city shall be in the midst thereof.

 16And these shall be the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.

 17And the suburbs of the city shall be toward the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the south two hundred and fifty, and toward the east two hundred and fifty, and toward the west two hundred and fifty.

 18And the residue in length over against the oblation of the holy portion shall be ten thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward: and it shall be over against the oblation of the holy portion; and the increase thereof shall be for food unto them that serve the city.

 19And they that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel.

 20All the oblation shall be five and twenty thousand by five and twenty thousand: ye shall offer the holy oblation foursquare, with the possession of the city.

 21And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.

 22Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being in the midst of that which is the prince's, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince.

 23As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have a portion.

 24And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion.

 25And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion.

 26And by the border of Issachar, from the east side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion.

 27And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west side, Gad a portion.

 28And by the border of Gad, at the south side southward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea.

 29This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord GOD.

 30And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.

 31And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.

 32And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.

 33And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.

 34At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.

 35It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.