The priests and the sanctuary land (Ezek 45:3-45:4)

“In the holy district,

You shall measure off

A section

Twenty-five thousand cubits long,

Ten thousand cubits wide.

This shall be

The sanctuary,

The most holy place.

It shall be

A holy portion

Of the land.

It shall be

For the priests,

Who minister

In the sanctuary.

They approach Yahweh

To minister

To him.

It shall be

A place

For their houses,

A holy place

For the sanctuary.”

This 25,000 by 20,000-cubit area was divided into 2 parts. This first part included the space for the Zadok priests and the sanctuary itself so that it was 25,000 by 10,000 cubits. The sanctuary, the most holy place, the 500-square cubit building would be in this half of the holy land of Jerusalem. Besides the sanctuary, this area included the houses for the Zadok priests who ministered to Yahweh in this sanctuary. Thus, the holy priests would live next to the holy place, where they would be cultic ministers.

The most holy place (2 Chr 3:8-3:9)

“King Solomon made the most holy place. Its length corresponded to the width of the house. It was twenty cubits and its width was twenty cubits. He overlaid it with six hundred talents of fine gold. The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. He overlaid the upper chambers with gold.”

The room for the most holy place was the full width of the building, not that big at a mere 30 feet wide. In fact, it was square 30 feet pm every side. This was where the Ark of the Covenant would stay. There was not a mention of the nave to the holy place that was in 1 Kings, chapter 6. However, this inner most holy place was overlaid with lots of gold, 600 talents of gold, about $600,000,000.00 worth of gold. There were in fact golden nails, worth about $25,000.00 each. The mention of the value of this gold was added here as opposed to 1 Kings that did not mention its value.