Having a place for sacrifices

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.28.2016 – Old Testament: Eze 40.38–43

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 40 on November 28, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

From the first sin committed on Earth to the present day, sacrifice for sin has always been a necessity. Therefore, as a man showed Ezekiel a temple, the prophet learned that it included a place for sacrifices,

There was a chamber and its entrance by the gateposts of the gateway, where they washed the burnt offering. In the vestibule of the gateway were two tables on this side and two tables on that side, on which to slay the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering. At the outer side of the vestibule, as one goes up to the entrance of the northern gateway, were two tables; and on the other side of the vestibule of the gateway were two tables. Four tables were on this side and four tables on that side, by the side of the gateway, eight tables on which they slaughtered the sacrifices. There were also four tables of hewn stone for the burnt offering, one cubit and a half long, one cubit and a half wide, and one cubit high; on these they laid the instruments with which they slaughtered the burnt offering and the sacrifice. Inside were hooks, a handbreadth wide, fastened all around; and the flesh of the sacrifices was on the tables (Ezekiel 40.38–43). 

What would a temple of the Lord be without a place for sacrificing? Where would our lives be without sacrifice, especially the sacrifice of Christ? How can we say that we love and honor God, but do not sacrifice anything to Him or for Him?


  • What sacrifices have you made for the Lord?
  • Do you sacrifice something regularly?

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