The dimensions of eastern inner court (Ezek 40:33-40:34)

“Its recesses,

Its pilasters,

Its vestibule

Were of the same dimensions

As the others.

There were windows

All around within it,

As well as in its vestibule.

Its depth was

Fifty cubits.

Its width was

Twenty-five cubits.

Its vestibule

Faced the outer court.

Palm trees were

On its pilasters.

Its stairway

Had eight steps.”

This description of the eastern inner court is an absolute word for word description of the south inner court. The only exception was the mention of other 25 cubits by 5 cubits vestibules in the eastern inner court description. There was no mention of them here. This vestibule was 50 cubits or 80 feet long and 25 cubits wide or 40 feet wide that faced the outer court, with palm trees on its pilasters. This stairway had 8 steps also.

The measurements of the eastern vestibule area (Ezek 40:6-40:7)

“Then he went

Into the gateway

Facing east.

He went up its steps.

He measured

The threshold

Of the gate,

One reed deep.

There were recesses.

Each recess was

One reed wide

With one reed deep.

The space

Between the recesses

Was five cubits.

The threshold

Of the gate

By the vestibule

Of the gate

At the inner end

Was one reed deep.”

As usual, Ezekiel was very detailed in his descriptions. The bronze man continued to measure various things on the eastern vestibule of the Temple. All the measurements were exactly the same, one reed or 10 feet. The only exception was the space between the recesses or alcoves that was only 5 cubits or about 8 feet. Otherwise, the threshold of the gate was also 10 feet. The recesses or alcoves were symmetrical, 10 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

The time and place of Ezekiel’s vision (Ezek 8:1-8:1)

“In the sixth year,

In the sixth month,

On the fifth day

Of the month,

I sat in my house,

With the elders

Of Judah

Sitting before me.

The hand

Of Yahweh God

Fell upon me there.”

This book of Ezekiel seems to be very precise about when a vision of Yahweh appears to the prophet, as in chapter 1 of this work. This is no exception, since these so-called Temple visions took place in 592 BCE while Ezekiel was in his house in Babylon with the elders of Judah sitting in front of him. This was the 6th year of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, on the 5th day of the 6th month. There the hand of Yahweh came upon Ezekiel.

The punishment in Egypt (Jer 44:13-44:14)

“I will punish

Those who live

In the land of Egypt,

As I have punished Jerusalem,

With the sword,

With famine,

With pestilence.

Thus none

Of the remnant of Judah

Who have come

To settle

In the land of Egypt

Shall escape,

Or survive,

Or return

To the land of Judah.

Although they long

To go back

To live there,

They shall not go back,

Except some fugitives.”

In a twist of irony, Yahweh was going to punish the Judeans who had left Judah to settle in Egypt. Just as he had punished the Egyptians centuries earlier so that the Israelites could leave Egypt, he now will punish the Judeans who came to live in Egypt. Thus this great symbiotic relationship of the Israelites and the Egyptians continues, even until the present day. Yahweh was determined to punish this remnant from Judah, as he had punished Jerusalem, with his often repeated 3 weapons, the sword, famine, and pestilence. None of these Judean remnants would escape or survive to return to their beloved Judah. The only exception would be those who

In a twist of irony, Yahweh was going to punish the Judeans who had left Judah to settle in Egypt. Just as he had punished the Egyptians centuries earlier so that the Israelites could leave Egypt, he now will punish the Judeans who came to live in Egypt. Thus this great symbiotic relationship of the Israelites and the Egyptians continues, even until the present day. Yahweh was determined to punish this remnant from Judah, as he had punished Jerusalem, with his often repeated 3 weapons, the sword, famine, and pestilence. None of these Judean remnants would escape or survive to return to their beloved Judah. The only exception would be those who turned out to be fugitives.

turned out to be fugitives.