Verse 1 – ‘Thus says the Lord God: “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.
While the east gate of the outer court was permanently closed, the east gate of the inner court could be opened during special days like the Sabbath and the New Moon festival.
Verse 2 – “The prince shall enter by way of the vestibule of that gateway from outside, and stand by the gateposts. The priest shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace-offering. He shall worship at the threshold of the gate. Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be shut until evening.
Verse 3 – “Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before the Lord on the Sabbaths and the New Moons.
Verse 4 – “The burnt offering that the prince offers to the Lord on the Sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish;
Verse 5 – “and the grain offering shall be one ephah for a ram, and the grain offering for the lambs, as much as he wants to give, as well as a hin of oil with every ephah.
Verse 6 – “On the day of the New Moon it shall be a young bull without blemish, six lambs, and a ram; they shall be without blemish.
Verse 7 – “He shall prepare a grain offering of an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah.
God required a gift from everyone because they all had sin. In all probability, if people gave like they should for the Lord’s work, there would be no need for government welfare.
Verse 8 – “When the prince enters, he shall go in by way of the vestibule of that gateway, and go out the same way.
Verse 9 – “But when the people of the land go before the Lord on the appointed feast days, whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate; and whoever enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. He shall not return by way of the gate through which he came, but shall go out through the opposite gate.
Should we not all leave church different from the way we came in? I’m not talking about a door. I’m referring to our mind-sets and our hearts. If one continually goes to the house of God and never changes, then what good did it do to go in the first place?
Verse 10 – “The prince shall then be in their midst. When they go in, he shall go in; and when they go out, he shall go out.
Verse 11 – “At the festivals and the appointed feast days the grain offering shall be an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah.
Verse 12 – “Now when the prince makes a voluntary burnt offering or voluntary peace-offering to the Lord, the gate that faces toward the east shall then be opened for him; and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings as he did on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he goes out the gate shall be shut.
Verse 13 – “You shall daily make a burnt offering to the Lord of a lamb of the first year without blemish; you shall prepare it every morning.
Verse 14 – “And you shall prepare a grain offering with it every morning, a sixth of an ephah, and a third of hin oil to moisten the fine flour. This grain offering is a perpetual ordinance, to be made regularly to the Lord.
The priest got the animal and grain offerings from the people. Same as churches today get the funds to help others through tithing. If no one tithes, then a body can’t function.
Verse 15 – “Thus they shall prepare the lamb, the grain offering, and the oil, as a regular burnt offering every morning.
Verse 16 – ‘Thus says the Lord God: “If the prince gives a gift of some of his inheritance to any of his sons, it shall belong to his sons; it is their possession by inheritance.
Verse 17 – “But if he gives a gift of some of his inheritance to one of his servants, it shall be his until the year of liberty, after which it shall return to the prince. But his inheritance shall belong to the sons, it shall become theirs.
The land that belonged to the prince was to be carefully regulated. If the prince made a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, the servant must return the property in the Year of Jubilee.
Verse 18 – “Moreover the prince shall not take any of the people’s inheritance by evicting them from property; he shall provide an inheritance for his sons form his own property, so that none of My people may be scattered from his property.” ‘ ”
This law would prevent the prince from seizing property as they did in previous times.
Verse 19 – Then he brought me through the entrance, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests which face toward the north; and there a place was situated at their extreme western end.
Verse 20 – And he said to me, “This is the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, and where they shall bake the grain offering, so that they do not bring them out into the outer court to sanctify the people.”
Verse 21 – Then he brought me out into the outer court and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and in fact, in every corner of the court there was another court.
Verse 22 – In the four corners of the court were enclosed courts, forty cubits long and thirty wide; all four corners were the same size.
Verse 23 – There was a row of building stones all around in them, all around the four of them; and cooking hearths were made under the rows of stones all around.
Verse 24 – And he said to me, “These are the kitchens where the ministers of the temple shall boil the sacrifices of the people.”