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privileges of service before Yahweh.

  • f.

    A district for the temple, priests, and Levites is measured.

  • g.

    The city is measured and part given to the prince.

  • h.

    Laws governing the prince are given.

  • i.

    Specifications for certain feasts are given.

  • j.

    The manner of worship is set forth for prince and people.

  • k.

    Laws of inheritance for the prince are given.

  • l.

    Procedures for preparing the offerings are given.

The characteristics of the land are described.

44:15–31

45:1–5 45:6–8 45:9–17 45:18–25

46:1–15 46:16–18 46:19–24 47:1—48:35

5.

a.

A river will flow from the temple with waters of healing.

  • b.

    The entire land promised will be possessed.

  • c.

    The land will be divided between all twelve tribes.

The gates and city are named.

a. b .

The gates are named for the tribes. T h e c i t y i s n a m e d Y a h w e h i s T h e r e .

47:1–12 47:13–23 48:1–29 48:30–35 48:30–34 48:35

Argument

I. Ezekiel is called, commissioned, and confirmed in his ministry to Israel (1:1—7:27).

When the Lord places people into His service He always gives them adequate

preparation and instruction, which includes not only the definition of the task but also en-

couragement as to the resources available for its fulfillment. This whole opening section

serves that purpose for Ezekiel.3 As such it looks at both personal and ministry issues,

summarizing the prophet’s personal qualifications for such service, the message he would

be delivering, and the methods he would be using.

3 The break at 3:16 should be understood as a minor not a major division. The dating notations serve as major division markers. Since 3:16 only contains the phrase “at the end of seven days” it should not be considered a full-fledged division marker. Hence, this should be viewed as a continuation of the call and commission of the prophet, by which his ministry is further defined and specified. The body of the prophetic message should be taken to begin at 8:1 which contains all the division indicators found throughout the book, namely, the phrase translated “now it came to pass” (yhyw), a date indicator, the mention of elders being present, and the concept of the hand of the Lord being on the prophet. This is the only place these all occur together. Dorsey supports this division (David A. Dorsey, The Literary Structure of the Old Testament: A Commentary on Genesis-Malachi (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1999), 254).

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