There’s a Restoration Day Coming to Israel Ezekiel 33-48, cont’d.
Ezekiel 40-48 Israel’s Adoration During the Millennium, cont’d.
Ezekiel 44-46-A Vision of the New Service of Worship, cont’d.
Ezekiel 45:1-8-There was to be an area of land established around the Temple to safeguard it. This area was about 8 square miles in size. Around that area is where the living quarters for the priests was to be located. Then, there is to be an area around that which extends 8 miles further outward…that is to be the land of the Prince (:7). The rest of the land is where the people are to live (:8).
Ezekiel 45:9-17-The princes (those given responsibility to govern the people) are to use just practices in commercial trade (:9-12). The people’s offerings for public worship are given in detail (:13-16). The princes are to provide the burnt offerings for public worship from the dues (taxes) paid to them (:17).
Ezekiel 45:18-25-The Offerings to be made at the Annual Feasts
Ezekiel 46:1-15-The Offerings to be made on Sabbaths, New Moons, and Daily Sacrifices.
46:1-15 …If the great feasts of Passover and Tabernacles are to be observed during the Millennium, there is no reason why sacrifices would not also be offered. Then, of course, they will be memorials of the finished sacrifice of Christ.
The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Ezekiel 46:1-15, p. 1299
Ezekiel 46:16-18-Regulations for gifts given by the Prince
Ezekiel 46:17-The “year of liberty” is the fiftieth year, the year of Jubilee
Question: "What is the Year of Jubilee?"
Answer: The word “jubilee”—literally, “ram’s horn” in Hebrew—is defined in Leviticus 25:9 as the sabbatical year after seven cycles of seven years (49 years). The fiftieth year was to be a time of celebration and rejoicing for the Israelites. The ram’s horn was blown on the tenth day of the seventh month to start the fiftieth year of universal redemption.
The Year of the Jubilee involved a year of release from indebtedness (Leviticus 25:23-38) and all types of bondage (vv. 39-55). All prisoners and captives were set free, all slaves were released, all debts were forgiven, and all property was returned to its original owners. In addition, all labor was to cease for one year, and those bound by labor contracts were released from them. One of the benefits of the Jubilee was that both the land and the people were able to rest.
The Jubilee presents a beautiful picture of the New Testament themes of redemption and forgiveness. Christ is the Redeemer who came to set free those who are slaves and prisoners to sin (Romans 8:2; Galatians 5:1; 3:22). The debt of sin we owe to God was paid on the cross as Jesus died on our behalf (Colossians 2:13-14), and we are forgiven the debt forever. We are no longer in bondage, no longer slaves to sin, having been freed by Christ, and we can truly enter the rest God provides as we cease laboring to make ourselves acceptable to God by our own works (Hebrews 4:9-10).
Prayer: Lord, help me to practice the sacredness of worship. Let me come into Your presence in my weakness and leave in Your strength. Let me set You apart from everything else…giving You preeminence and priority. Let me bring my life to You as a sacrifice with which You are pleased. Let You be glorified in all and through all that I am.