“16 Thus saith the Lord GOD; If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons, the inheritance thereof shall be his sons’; it [shall be] their possession by inheritance. 17 But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons’ for them. 18 Moreover the prince shall not take of the people’s inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; [but] he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession.”
“19 After he brought me through the entry, which [was] at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests, which looked toward the north: and, behold, there [was] a place on the two sides westward. 20 Then said he unto me, This [is] the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, where they shall bake the meat offering; that they bear [them] not out into the utter court, to sanctify the people. 21 Then he brought me forth into the utter court, and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and, behold, in every corner of the court [there was] a court. 22 In the four corners of the court [there were] courts joined of forty [cubits] long and thirty broad: these four corners [were] of one measure. 23 And [there was] a row [of building] round about in them, round about them four, and [it was] made with boiling places under the rows round about. 24 Then said he unto me, These [are] the places of them that boil, where the ministers of the house shall boil the sacrifice of the people.” (Ezekiel 46:1-24 AV)
The rules for gifts and *sacrifices – Ezekiel 46:1-15
Verses 1-8 The *Lord gave the *Sabbath to the *Israelites. They have to obey the rules of the *Sabbath for all time. They are to work for 6 days but they must rest on the 7th day. On that day, they must *worship the *Lord. The *Israelites during Ezekiel’s life refused to obey the *Sabbath day rules. In the future time, the *Israelites will obey the new rules for the *Sabbath and the new moon. The new moon is the beginning of each month by the *Israelites’ calendar. So the first day in each month is also a special day to *worship the *Lord.
The priests will open the east gate to the inner court only on the special days. These days will be the *Sabbath day and the day of the new moon. The prince will lead the people in their *worship. He will enter this gate. He will bring his *sacrifices to the priests. And he will *worship at the entrance to the gate. He must not go into the inner area. The people will *worship at this gate but they will not go in.
Verses 9-12 On these special days, the *Israelites will come to *worship. They will come into the *temple area by the north and south gates. They must not go out by the same gate as they entered. This is a practical arrangement. Large crowds will come to *worship. The people will leave without difficulty if they leave by the opposite gate.
The people must bring their *sacrifices to the priests. The prince will enter with the people. He will give his *sacrifices to the priests at the inner east gate. They will open that gate just to receive his *sacrifices. They will close the gate as soon as the prince leaves.
Verse 13-15 In addition to the special days, there will be daily *sacrifices. Each morning the prince will bring these *sacrifices to the priests.
The property of the prince – Ezekiel 46:16-18
Verses 16-18 The prince will own his land. He can give it away if he wants to. However, the land must still belong to his family. If the prince gave land to another person, it would be only until the year of freedom. Then the land would come back into the possession of the family.
Each 50th year will be a year of freedom. Then the prince or his family will again own the land that he gave to another person. This rule of the year of freedom affects all *Israelites.
The prince cannot buy or receive land from another *Israelite.
The priests’ kitchens – Ezekiel 46:19-24
Verses 19-24 The man took Ezekiel out of the inner area. He took him to the priests’ rooms on the north side of the *temple. In these rooms, the priests will change their clothes. In them, they will eat the *holy *sacrifices. At the west end of these rooms will be the kitchens. Here the priests will prepare some types of *sacrifices. These *sacrifices are particularly *holy. That is why the priests must cook them in a separate kitchen. People who are not priests cannot enter this area. Only priests may eat these *sacrifices.
There will be another four kitchens. They will be in the four corners of the outer area. Each of these kitchens will be 70 feet (21.5 metres) by 52½ feet (16.2 metres). Here the *temple servants will cook the *sacrifices that the people bring to them. They will cook the peace *sacrifices here. The people who bring peace *sacrifices may eat part of these *sacrifices. Another part of these *sacrifices must burn on the *altar. And the last part belongs to the priests.