Eze 42:1-20. Chambers of the
Priests: Measurements of the Temple.
2. Before the length of an hundred
cubits—that is, before "the separate place," which was that
length (Eze 41:13).
He had before spoken of chambers for the officiating priests on the
north and south gates of the inner court (Eze 40:44-46). He now returns to take a more
exact view of them.
5. shorter—that is, the building became
narrower as it rose in height. The chambers were many: so "in My
Father's house are many mansions" (Joh 14:2); and besides these there was much
"room" still left (compare Lu 14:22).
The chambers, though private, were near the temple. Prayer in our
chambers is to prepare us for public devotions, and to help us in
16. five hundred reeds—the
Septuagint substitutes "cubits" for "reeds," to escape the
immense compass assigned to the whole, namely, a square of five hundred
rods or three thousand cubits (two feet each; Eze 40:5), in all a square of one and one-seventh
miles, that is, more than all ancient Jerusalem; also, there is much
space thus left unappropriated. Fairbairn rightly supports English Version,
which agrees with the Hebrew. The vast extent is another feature
marking the ideal character of the temple. It symbolizes the great
enlargement of the kingdom of God, when Jehovah-Messiah shall reign at
Jerusalem, and from thence to the ends of the earth (Isa 2:2-4; Jer 3:17; Ro 11:12, 15).
20. wall … separation between …
sanctuary and … profane—No longer shall the wall of
partition be to separate the Jew and the Gentile (Eph 2:14), but to separate the sacred from the
profane. The lowness of it renders it unfit for the purpose of defense
(the object of the wall, Re 21:12).
But its square form (as in the city, Re 21:16) is the emblem of the kingdom that
cannot be shaken (Heb 12:28),
resting on prophets and apostles, Jesus Christ being the chief