Old Testament: Eze 48.15–20
To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 47–48 on December 2, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022
By Don Ruhl
Part of the vision that the Lord gave Ezekiel of a temple, also included the dividing up of the land according to the tribes of Israel. Part of the instructions included this information about a city associated with the land:
“The five thousand cubits in width that remain, along the edge of the twenty-five thousand, shall be for general use by the city, for dwellings and common-land; and the city shall be in the center. These shall be its measurements: the north side four thousand five hundred cubits, the south side four thousand five hundred, the east side four thousand five hundred, and the west side four thousand five hundred. The common-land of the city shall be: to the north two hundred and fifty cubits, to the south two hundred and fifty, to the east two hundred and fifty, and to the west two hundred and fifty. The rest of the length, alongside the district of the holy section, shall be ten thousand cubits to the east and ten thousand to the west. It shall be adjacent to the district of the holy section, and its produce shall be food for the workers of the city. The workers of the city, from all the tribes of Israel, shall cultivate it. The entire district shall be twenty-five thousand cubits by twenty-five thousand cubits, foursquare. You shall set apart the holy district with the property of the city.
– Ezekiel 48.15–20
In all the things that the Lord tells or shows Ezekiel in chapters 40–48, notice that everything is precise. That is just like our Lord. He always does everything perfectly. He does all things with a function in mind or simply for the sake of beauty.
- What are the beautiful things of God’s creation that you appreciate most?
- Who would cultivate the garden in what Ezekiel wrote above?
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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com