Ezekiel’s Great Temple Vision – Part 6: The Priesthood Restored (Ezekiel 44)

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Ezekiel 44

1. Have you ever known a teacher or leader who did not practice what he or she preached? What effect did it have on you?

2. Would you bother to pick up a penny from the gutter? Three pennies? A nickel? A dollar bill? What amount is worth the effort?

3. Why is the eastern gateway sealed (verses 1 – 3)? Why do you think the prince is the only person allowed to eat sacrifices in this area?

4. Besides all the other sins mentioned in earlier chapters, what has Israel done to dishonor the Lord (verses 5 – 9)? What do you think it means to have an uncircumcised heart?

5. Who were some famous members of the tribe of Levi (see Exodus 2:1, 10; chapter 4:14)? What “put food on the table” in a Levite home (Deuteronomy 18:1 – 5)? How had some of the Levites strayed from the Lord (verse 12)? How does their job description read (verses 11, 13, 14)? How will the faithful Levites serve (verses 15 and 16)?

6. What might be wrong with wearing wool (verses 17 and 18)? In what ways were the priests in the new temple to sanctify themselves (verses 20 – 23, 25)? What was the point of these regulations?

7. Was Israel to have courts of law (verse 24)? Do you think any dispute in Israel could be considered a secular issue?

8. Circumcision made a male a Jew. Why did God exclude non-Jews form His temple? What slang word for “Gentile” did Jesus use (see Mark 7:26, 27)? Is there any type of person you’d just soon not speak to?

9. What rite makes a person a Christian? Ezekiel spoke of those whose hearts weren’t circumcised. Can there be Christians whose hearts aren’t baptized?

10. Why is the Lord so concerned with the cleanness of His representatives? Have prominent figures who claim to represent God been known for cleanness in our society? How has this affected God’s reputation? Does your life show the cleanness or holiness of God?

11. What characterizes your tithes and offerings?

  • prime rib?
  • rump roast?
  • leftovers?

12. How can you give God your first fruits? Is money the only acceptable sacrifice?

13. What do you think of Ezekiel’s system for paying priests? Is this how modern ministers should be paid or compensated?

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Ezekiel’s Great Temple Vision – Part 5: The Great Altar Restored (Ezekiel 43:13 – 27)

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Ezekiel 43:13 – 27

  1. Have you ever served on a jury? What verdict did you give? Or did you arrange to be relieved from jury duty?

2. What bad habit could you quit anytime? What habit would be harder to quit?

3. Compare the altar dimensions in verses 13 – 17 with the description of chapter 41:22. Why the difference? How was the small altar in the Most Holy Place used (see Exodus 30:1, 9, 10)? How was the large altar used (1 Kings 8:64)?

4. What sacrifices were required the first week (verses 18 – 26)? Why do you think this was necessary?

5. What sacrifices were offered after the eighth day (verse 27)? What did these ceremonies mean to the people?

6. List the three types of “fellowship offerings” (see Leviticus 7:12, 16). Why couldn’t some parts be eaten (Leviticus 3:14 – 17)?

7. Ezekiel says that animal sacrifices will make Israel acceptable. Why do other prophets disagree (see Psalms 40:6 – 8; 1 Samuel 15:22; Amos 5:21, 22)?

8. Hebrews 10:12 says Jesus made “for all time one sacrifice”. So why do some churches have altars?

9. What is the apostle Paul’s concept of a “living sacrifice” (see Romans 12:1)?

10. What do you need to give up to be closer to God? Why has it been hard to make the sacrifice?

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Ezekiel’s Great Temple Vision – Part 4: God’s Glory Returns To The Temple (Ezekiel 43:1 – 12)

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Ezekiel 43:1 – 12

  1. What favorite entertainer of yours has made a big comeback?  Who should make a “go-away”?

2. What should never be next door to a church? a liquor store? movie theatre? fast food? city hall?

3. Why did the glory of the Lord depart from the temple? Where did the Lord go (chapter 10:18, 19; chapter 11:22, 23)?

4. Where does Ezekiel encounter God (verse 5)? Can he see God?

5. Why does God need to “put his feet up” (see Isaiah 66:1)? Why is the image of God at rest important?

6. Solomon built his palace next to the temple. What kind of neighbors were the Judea?n kings (verse 8)?

7. Why would the exiles feel ashamed upon hearing of the new temple plan (verses 10, 11)?

8. What is the law of the temple?

9. How do you experience the “glory of the Lord”?

10. When did God seem far away? Has God made a comeback, or are you still feeling distant?

11. Think of someone you were once close to but no longer have a relationship with. How would you renew it if you could?

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