Ezekiel 48: The Land of the Levites
Ezekiel 48 shows us an interesting shift from Old Testament Israel to this vision of the Temple. As you recall, the tribe of Levi did not receive any land because the Lord with their portion. In this vision though, there is some land given to the priests.
Eze 48:9 The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth.
Eze 48:10 And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the midst thereof.
Eze 48:11 It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.
Eze 48:12 And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.
I want to put this back into the context of the vision that we have been building every chapter. Again, Jesus Christ is the Temple. That is on this piece of land, and the priests will dwell around it. However, this is still a transition because there was no land in the original system for the Levites. Obviously they lived somewhere, but it was not specifically laid out like this.
This seems like a pretty strong indication that the ministers we have today who are doing their job as shown in verse 11 are the ones who are dwelling near God. They interact with God closely and spend their time learning more about who He is so that they can pass on that knowledge to those of us who are not given that calling.
On the other hand, there are many people who claim to be pastors yet preach messages that are not found anywhere in the Bible. They would not be in this portion as shown in verse 11. They have not kept their charge.
I’m not trying to imply here that pastors are somehow above all the rest of us. In fact, the point that they now have actual territory makes the similarities greater. They are a tribe with land just like every other tribe. However, I think that there is something to the fact that the Temple is in the middle of their piece of land, and I think that that shows is their responsibility to draw near God and to use their abilities to help a fallen world.
Ezekiel is over!