- Follow with the aid of diagrams 1 and 2 the prophet’s further examination of the temple, as he comes first of the sanctuary itself , with its portico and two pillars (40:48, 49), outer sanctuary (41:1), inner sanctuary (41:3, 4), and side chambers or cells built in three store’s (41:5—11). The interior of the sanctuary is described in 41:15b-26.
- Note that Ezekiel, as a priest (1:3; cf. 44:16), entered into the vestibule and the outer sanctuary, but not into the inner sanctuary (41:3, 4). Why did he not enter sanctuary? Contrast our privileges in Christ. See Heb.9:6-9, 24; 10:19-22.
- There were palm-trees both in the inner sanctuary (41:18-20), and also on the gate-posts of the outer and inner court (40:16, 22, 31). So also in Solomon’s temple (see 1Kgs. 6:29; 7:36). Applying this to the temple of our lives, what dose it suggests both as to the hidden life of communion with God, and the outer life seen by all? Cf. ps. 92:12-14; jer.17:7, 8.
- Verse7. The meaning is that at each story the walls facing the cells were made less thick, to leave a ledge for the beams to rest on, and thus the rooms on each floor were a little broader then the rooms below.
- Verses 12-14. Another strip of ground, at the level of the inner court, encompassed the sanctuary platform, and is called here ‘the temple courtyard’. It marked off the sanctuary from other buildings nearby (see diagram 1, TC). One of these buildings, on the west side, is mentioned in verse 12(see diagram 1, B) but its use is not specified. Other buildings are mentioned in 24; 1-14; 46:19, 20.
- Verse 22. The table spoken of here, which looked like an altar of wood, was probably the table of showbread.