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Ezekiel 45

Bell's Commentary on the BibleBell's Commentary

Verses 1-25

    1. (18-25) Future sacrifices! – Since Jesus has fulfilled all the OT sacrifices in Himself, why would God reinstate them in future temple worship? (Warren Wiersbe; With the Word; pg.556)
    2. [1] These sacrifices are not propitiatory! (designed to appease or win favor)
      1. It was certainly not for the purpose of dealing with sin, for Christ’s sacrifice did that once for all, & the blood of bulls & goats never did talk away sin (Heb.10:1-4).
    3. [2] These sacrifices are memorial!
      1. ​​​​​​​It seems that these future sacrifices, like the Lord’s Supper today, will be memorials of what Jesus did. They will teach the Jews the meaning of their ancient religion in the light of the cross.
      2. Remember, the Lord’s Supper is only for the Church age, “for as often as you eat this bread & drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” – It will never be celebrated again, after the saint of God leave this earth.
        1. So it seems that the sacrifices will be the new memorial of the cross & the whole wonderful story of the redemption.
        2. And what a memorial these sacrifices will be! (how much more visual, & less sterol)
    4. [3] These sacrifices are not a reinstitution of the Levitical system!
      1. There are some similarities, but many differences.
        1. Temple doesn’t have the same dimensions; ark is absent; tables of the law are missing; as is Aaron’s rod; mercy seat; high priest; veil; showbread; lamp stand; & the feast of Pentecost & Atonement don’t exist.
        2. In view of these differences, these sacrifices cannot be a reinstitution of the Levitical System.
    5. That’s why I called this “Worship Reorganized!”
Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Ezekiel 45". "Bell's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/ezekiel-45.html. 2017.
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