Next week will be our final – “wrap up” – lesson of Ezekiel.
Questions to Consider
1. Review your notes from our last lesson and be reminded of the things that lead into, and set the stage for, this week’s passage.
2. Read chapters 46-48.
Consider lessons 18-19 (links above) alongside today’s passage. Does today’s passage seem to be a “near” prophecy (for Ezekiel’s immediate audience) or a “far” prophecy (for an audience far in the future), or both? Why?
If 46-48 is a “far,” perhaps even an eschatological (end times / eternity) prophecy, what is the significance of the emphasis on the temple, Old Testament style offerings and sacrifices, and land allotment for the twelve tribes? What about Christians and the church?
3. Explain how God’s specificity in chapter 46 about the entrances and exits, and the offerings and sacrifices, points to His specificity about how He is to be worshiped. Is it OK with God if we approach Him in worship in any old way we choose? How does this passage undergird the regulative principle of worship?
4. How does God’s precision in the measurements and the boundaries of chapters 47-48 demonstrate His attributes of precision and perfection in Creation and in the details of our daily lives? What does this attribute tell you about His knowledge, His power, and His authority over all of Creation, including people?
Compare 47:12 with Revelation 22:1-2. What similarities or differences do you see? What do these similarities and/or differences tell you?
5. In 48:11, God makes a special note of “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”. How does this reflect God’s attribute of justice – that He knows exactly who has done exactly what and will recompense each person accordingly?
6. Explain why today’s passage might have been a little easier to understand if you lived at the time of Ezekiel and were familiar with the temple’s structure, the sacrificial / offering system, and the geography of Israel. Why do you think God put certain things in the Bible that are difficult for us to understand conclusively? How can this help us to develop humility before God and trust in God?
- Who is the prince in Ezekiel 46? at GotQuestions
- The Sacrifices of the Prince at Ligonier
- Ezekiel’s Vision of Israel’s New Boundaries at ESV