Ezekiel’s Great Temple Vision – Part 9: The River From The Temple (Ezekiel 47:1 – 12)

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Ezekiel 47:1 – 12

  1. Do you like swimming? Do you prefer an ocean, lake or swimming pool?

2. What’s your favorite drink on a hot day?

3. Where does the river start? Which direction does it flow (verses 1 and 2)?

4. What happens to the river as it get farther from the temple (verses 3 – 6)?

5. As it flows into the Dead Sea, what happens to the animals, fish, trees and people of the region (verses 7 – 12)? What would the river mean to a people dependent on walls and cisterns for water?

6. What might Ezekiel’s river represent? How do Jesus and the New Testament writers use the image of the river (John 4:14 and Revelation 22:2)?

7. What best describes your relationship with God?

  • dying of thirst
  • man overboard
  • treading water
  • overflowing
  • water-logged
  • smooth sailing

8. Does some part of your life feel like a parched desert? What could happen that would be like living water in the desert?

9. Picture the spiritual life as a river that keeps getting deep and deeper. Are you testing the waters? Ankle deep? Up to you waist? What is the next step?

Ezekiel’s Great Temple Vision – Part 8: Offerings and Holy Days (Ezekiel 45:13 – 46:24)

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Ezekiel 45:13 – 46:24

  1. What was your favorite holiday as a child? Now that you are older, has it changed? Why?

2. If you had to lose one of your physical senses, which would be the hardest to give up? Which would be the easiest?

3. What kinds of things are offered to the Lord (chapter 45:13 – 15)? On what occasions does the prince pay for the sacrifices (chapter 45:17)? What were the three public “festivals” in Israel (see Exodus 23:14 – 16)?

4. What had to be done every New Moon, the first day of Israel’s lunar month (chapter 45:18)? How often are the Sabbaths celebrated? How do they celebrate Passover (chapter 45:21 – 24)? What feast falls in the seventh month (chapter 45:25; see also Numbers 29:12)?

5. Why do you think the east gate is open only on Sabbaths and New Moons (chapter 46:1)? Why is the prince given special treatment (chapter 46:2 and 3)? Is it fair for him to “foot the bill” for so many animals (chapter 46:4 – 7)? In what way is he humbled (chapter 46:10)?

6. Why do you think the animals had to be without defect (chapter 46:13)? What was the lesson to Israel?

7. What rule does God give the prince about giving away land (chapter 46:16, 17)? What is the “year of freedom” (see Leviticus 25:10)? Is it fair to force a poor servant to give land back to the children of kings? What had the kings tended to do (chapter 46:18)?

8. Why did the priest cook the offerings (chapter 46:23 and 24)?

9. Imagine you are an Israelite worshiping in the Temple. What do you see, hear, smell and taste? What effect does such a service have on you? What effect do you think the Lord wants to produce? How does this effect compare to the ones at your church?

10. Israel worshiped the Lord by offering Him things. What can we offer Him? Could you afford one-tenth of your time every day (2.4 hours)?

11. Can you think of a Christian equivalent to Passover? The Feast of Harvest (Weeks)? The Feast of Ingatherings (Booths)? Sabbath? New Moon?

12. Does your relationship with God contain as much celebration as Israel’s did? Should it?

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Ezekiel’s Great Temple Vision – Part 7: Israel Fully Restored/The Division of the Land (Ezekiel 45:1 – 12)

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Ezekiel 45:1 – 12

  1. Would you invest in real estate if you had the money? Why or why not?

2. Have you ever been cheated by a service or sales person? What did you do?

3. Palestine is to be redivided when the tribes return. How many square miles belong to the Lord (verse 1)?

4. Why the “open land” surrounding the temple square (verse 2; also chapter 42:20)? Had the Levites ever owned land before(verses 4 and 5; see Joshua 13:33)?

5. How does Ezekiel’s plan to keep the palace away from the temple (verse 7)? Why the separation of church and state (verses 8 and 9; also chapter 43:8)?

6. What other injustice does God prevent by assigning official values to weights and measures (verses 10 – 12)? What was the state of money changing at the time of Jesus?

7. Why does God care about land distribution, weights and measures? Should Christians be concerned about people’s “spiritual needs”?

8. How do people in your line of work commonly “bend the rules”? Have you ever done this?

9. Do people in power face more temptation than others? Or does power simply attract corruptible people?

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