Ezekiel 48

Ezekiel 48 finishes up God’s vision for his prophet.  God has shown him much about the temple, and the land of His people.  In this chapter, the borders of the tribes are defined.  To the north of the holy area will be the shares of 7 of the tribes. The shares are all the same size. Each share goes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.  The northern border is from the sea through Hethlon to Lebo Hamath. Then the border goes all the way to Hazar Enan. North of here is Damascus. The end of the border is next to Hamath.

  • Dan will have one share of land. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Dan, Asher will have one share of land. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Asher, Naphtali will have one share of land. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Naphtali, Manasseh will have one share of land. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Manasseh, Ephraim will have one share of land. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Ephraim, Reuben will have one share of land. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Reuben, Judah will have one share of land. It will go from the east side to the west side.

To the south of Judah’s share there will be the holy area of land. The total length of this area from east to west will be the same as the tribe’s shares.

In this total area, there will be a square of 8.3 miles. From the north of this square 3.3 miles width is for the Levites. The next 3.3 miles width is for the Lord. The last 1.7 miles is for the city. The Lord’s share will be for the Zadok priests. They will live there. But in the center of it will be the temple area.

Here is what the rest of the tribes will receive:

  • Benjamin will have one share. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Benjamin’s land, Simeon will have one share. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Simeon’s land, Issachar will have one share. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Issachar’s land, Zebulun will have one share. It will go from the east side to the west side.
  • South of Zebulun’s land, Gad will have one share. It will go from the east side to the west side.

The southern border of Gad’s land will be towards the Negev. The border will go from Tamar to the waters called Meribah Kadesh. Then it will go along the river of Egypt to the Great Sea.  Lots of details here on how God wants His people to share the land He has given them.  Talk about a detailed legacy plan.  God has one that He shares with Ezekiel in great detail!

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