In the future temple vision, the Lord tells Ezekiel, “Son of man, mark well, see with your eyes and hear with your ears, all that I say to you concerning all the ordinances of the house of the Lord and all its laws. Mark well who may enter the house and all who go out from the sanctuary.” Only those who have hearts for the Lord will be able to enter the new temple.
The Lord gives new laws for the priests. He says because of their wandering from the Lord and their great sin, they will be allowed to perform certain duties of a priest regarding temple care and ministering to the people, but, “they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priests, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the Most Holy Place”, except for the descendants of Zadok. Zadok, a descendant of Aaron’s son Eleazar, was the priest who was loyal to King David when his son, Absalom, tried to take the kingdom from David. He was also the priest who anointed Solomon as king after his brother, Adonijah, tried to claim the throne for himself. Since Zadok and his descendants remained faithful to the Lord, “They will enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near to My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.”
The Lord also provides instructions for future offerings and sacrifices to Him. These ritual offerings and sacrifices are to commemorate what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross when He shed His innocent blood to atone for our sins. It is a picture and a reminder of the finished work of Christ; much like the picture God gave back in the garden after He promised to send a Savior who would crush the head of the serpent. The Lord killed an innocent animal to cover the guilt of Adam and Eve, showing that it is the shedding of the blood of the innocent that atones for the sins of the guilty. Jesus Christ is the final atoning Sacrifice; for Jesus was slain and “redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).
Tomorrow concludes the new temple vision and the Book of Ezekiel. Keep reading. (Ezekiel 44:1-46:24)