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I need to apologize, it’s been so long since I’ve visited with Ezekiel. Life’s been so busy lately I’ve been doing other things rather than work through the last chapter. I’ll finish up Ezekiel this week and then i think I’ll start with Corinthians, or perhaps Romans. What do you think??
Anyways, today’s passage is from Ezekiel 48:1-29.
“These are the names of the tribes: Beginning at the northern extreme, beside the way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, as far as Hazar-enan (which is on the northern border of Damascus over against Hamath), and extending from the east side to the west, Dan, one portion. 2 Adjoining the territory of Dan, from the east side to the west, Asher, one portion. 3 Adjoining the territory of Asher, from the east side to the west, Naphtali, one portion. 4 Adjoining the territory of Naphtali, from the east side to the west, Manasseh, one portion. 5 Adjoining the territory of Manasseh, from the east side to the west, Ephraim, one portion. 6 Adjoining the territory of Ephraim, from the east side to the west, Reuben, one portion. 7 Adjoining the territory of Reuben, from the east side to the west, Judah, one portion.
8 “Adjoining the territory of Judah, from the east side to the west, shall be the portion which you shall set apart, 25,000 cubits in breadth, and in length equal to one of the tribal portions, from the east side to the west, with the sanctuary in the midst of it. 9 The portion that you shall set apart for the Lord shall be 25,000 cubits in length, and 20,000 in breadth. 10 These
shall be the allotments of the holy portion: the priests shall have an
allotment measuring 25,000 cubits on the northern side, 10,000 cubits in
breadth on the western side, 10,000 in breadth on the eastern side, and
25,000 in length on the southern side, with the sanctuary of the Lord in the midst of it. 11 This shall be for the consecrated priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge, who did not go astray when the people of Israel went astray, as the Levites did. 12 And
it shall belong to them as a special portion from the holy portion of
the land, a most holy place, adjoining the territory of the Levites. 13 And
alongside the territory of the priests, the Levites shall have an
allotment 25,000 cubits in length and 10,000 in breadth. The whole
length shall be 25,000 cubits and the breadth 20,000. 14 They shall not sell or exchange any of it. They shall not alienate this choice portion of the land, for it is holy to the Lord.
15 “The remainder, 5,000 cubits in breadth and 25,000 in length, shall be for common use for the city, for dwellings and for open country. In the midst of it shall be the city, 16 and these shall be its measurements: the north side 4,500 cubits, the south side 4,500, the east side 4,500, and the west side 4,500. 17 And the city shall have open land: on the north 250 cubits, on the south 250, on the east 250, and on the west 250. 18 The
remainder of the length alongside the holy portion shall be 10,000
cubits to the east, and 10,000 to the west, and it shall be alongside
the holy portion. Its produce shall be food for the workers of the city. 19 And the workers of the city, from all the tribes of Israel, shall till it. 20 The whole portion that you shall set apart shall be 25,000 cubits square, that is, the holy portion together with the property of the city.
remains on both sides of the holy portion and of the property of the
city shall belong to the prince. Extending from the 25,000 cubits of the
holy portion to the east border, and westward from the 25,000 cubits to
the west border, parallel to the tribal portions, it shall belong to
the prince. The holy portion with the sanctuary of the temple shall be in its midst. 22 It
shall be separate from the property of the Levites and the property of
the city, which are in the midst of that which belongs to the prince.
The portion of the prince shall lie between the territory of Judah and
the territory of Benjamin.
23 “As for the rest of the tribes: from the east side to the west, Benjamin, one portion. 24 Adjoining the territory of Benjamin, from the east side to the west, Simeon, one portion. 25 Adjoining the territory of Simeon, from the east side to the west, Issachar, one portion. 26 Adjoining the territory of Issachar, from the east side to the west, Zebulun, one portion. 27 Adjoining the territory of Zebulun, from the east side to the west, Gad, one portion. 28 And adjoining the territory of Gad to the south, the boundary shall run from Tamar to the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along the Brook of Egypt to the Great Sea. 29 This is the land that you shall allot as an inheritance among the tribes of Israel, and these are their portions, declares the Lord God.
I have to admit, as I read through this list I’ve been wondering… what do I pull out of this passage that will point me to Christ and his amazing work in my life? I see names and numbers and quite frankly kinda all runs together.
It’s great to see how God ensured that each family line within Israel got the land it should have. It seems like the larger families got more land than the smaller ones which makes sense right?
Do you also see how God put himself physically into the midst of them. He didn’t give himself and the priests a portion off to one side or the other, but a portion right in the middle.
This makes me think of Christ, and how we are his people and he dwells within us. He doesn’t pick a small corner and say HEY here’s where I will stay, but rather he dwells IN US. Makes himself an integral part of who we are. Ergo affecting change within us. God’s people having God’s Priests dwell right in their midst. It’s a good thing that eh?
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