Not only was the temple different in many respects from that of Solomon, but the whole land was to be divided up in a new way. A broad strip of land, extending right across the country from the Mediterranean to the Jordan and including the temple, was to be set apart for the Lord (45:1-8). How it was to be used is shown in diagram.
Verses 9-17 lay down regulation as regards weights and measures, and the dues to be paid by the people to the prince.
- How does 45:8-12 Show that the holiness that Jehovah requires is not only religious but moral? What light do these verses throw on God‘s attitude to injustice and oppression, and to commercial dishonesty? Cf. 46:18; Lev. 19:35, 36; prov. 11:1; 1Pet.1:14-16.
- 45:1. The holy district consisted of the area marked on diagram 4; 25,000 cubits was about eight miles.
- 45:10-12. There was a vast amount of local variation in ancient Israel regarding weights and measures, and this was the cause of much commercial malpractice. Ezekiel is her demanding strict standardization in God’s name