The Altar

Ezekiel 43

13 "These are the measurements of the v altar in cubits w (the 1 cubit is one cubit and a handbreadth): the base one cubit high and one cubit wide, with a rim all around its edge of one span. This is the height of the altar: 14 "from the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits; the width of the ledge, one cubit; from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits; and the width of the ledge, one cubit. 15 "The altar hearth is four cubits high, with four x horns extending upward from the 2 hearth. 16 "The altar hearth is twelve cubits long, twelve wide, y square at its four corners; 17 "the ledge, fourteen cubits long and fourteen wide on its four sides, with a rim of half a cubit around it; its base, one cubit all around; and z its steps face toward the east."

18 And He said to me, "Son of man, thus says the Lord GOD: 'These are the ordinances for the altar on the day when it is made, for sacrificing a burnt offerings on it, and for b sprinkling blood on it. 19 'You shall give c a young bull for a sin offering to d the priests, the Levites, who are of the seed of e Zadok, who approach Me to minister to Me,' says the Lord GOD. 20 'You shall take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar, on the four corners of the ledge, and on the rim around it; thus you shall cleanse it and make atonement for it. 21 'Then you shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and f burn it in the appointed place of the 3 temple, g outside the sanctuary. 22 'On the second day you shall offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they cleansed it with the bull. 23 'When you have finished cleansing it, you shall offer a young bull without blemish, and a ram from the flock without blemish. 24 'When you offer them before the LORD, h the priests shall throw salt on them, and they will offer them up as a burnt offering to the LORD. 25 'Every day for i seven days you shall prepare a goat for a sin offering; they shall also prepare a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without blemish. 26 'Seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and purify it, and so 4 consecrate 5 it. 27 j 'When these days are over it shall be, on the eighth day and thereafter, that the priests shall offer your burnt offerings and your peace offerings on the altar; and I will k accept you,' says the Lord GOD."

  1. Cross References
    Exodus 27:1 - 8
    You shall make an altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide - the altar shall be square - and its height shall be three cubits.
    2 Chronicles 4:1
    Moreover he made a bronze altar: twenty cubits was its length, twenty cubits its width, and ten cubits its height.
  2. Cross References
    Ezekiel 41:8
    I also saw an elevation all around the temple; it was the foundation of the side chambers, a full rod, that is, six cubits high.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 27:2
    You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it. And you shall overlay it with bronze.
    Leviticus 9:9
    Then the sons of Aaron brought the blood to him. And he dipped his finger in the blood, put it on the horns of the altar, and poured the blood at the base of the altar.
    1 Kings 1:50
    Now Adonijah was afraid of Solomon; so he arose, and went and took hold of the horns of the altar.
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 27:1
    You shall make an altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide - the altar shall be square - and its height shall be three cubits.
  5. Cross References
    Exodus 20:26
    'Nor shall you go up by steps to My altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed on it.'
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 40:29
    And he put the altar of burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered upon it the burnt offering and the grain offering, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
  7. Cross References
    Leviticus 1:5
    He shall kill the bull before the LORD; and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
    Leviticus 1:11
    He shall kill it on the north side of the altar before the LORD; and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall sprinkle its blood all around on the altar.
    Hebrews 9:21
    Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
    Hebrews 9:22
    And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
  8. Cross References
    Exodus 29:10
    You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull.
    Leviticus 8:14
    And he brought the bull for the sin offering. Then Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull for the sin offering.
    Ezekiel 45:18
    Thus says the Lord GOD: "In the first month, on the first day of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish and cleanse the sanctuary.
    Ezekiel 45:19
    The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple, on the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and on the gateposts of the gate of the inner court.
  9. Cross References
    Ezekiel 44:15
    But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood," says the Lord GOD.
    Ezekiel 44:16
    They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.
  10. Cross References
    1 Kings 2:35
    The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his place over the army, and the king put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar.
    Ezekiel 40:46
    "The chamber which faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar; these are the sons of Zadok, from the sons of Levi, who come near the LORD to minister to Him."
  11. Cross References
    Exodus 29:14
    But the flesh of the bull, with its skin and its offal, you shall burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin offering.
    Leviticus 4:12
    The whole bull he shall carry outside the camp to a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood with fire; where the ashes are poured out it shall be burned.
  12. Cross References
    Hebrews 13:11
    For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.
  13. Cross References
    Leviticus 2:13
    And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.
    Numbers 18:19
    "All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD with you and your descendants with you."
    Mark 9:49
    For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
    Mark 9:50
    "Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
    Colossians 4:6
    Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
  14. Cross References
    Exodus 29:35
    Thus you shall do to Aaron and his sons, according to all that I have commanded you. Seven days you shall consecrate them.
    Leviticus 8:33
    And you shall not go outside the door of the tabernacle of meeting for seven days, until the days of your consecration are ended. For seven days he shall consecrate you.
  15. Cross References
    Leviticus 9:1 - 4
    It came to pass on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel.
  16. Cross References
    Ezekiel 20:40
    For on My holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel," says the Lord GOD, "there all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there I will accept them, and there I will require your offerings and the firstfruits of your sacrifices, together with all your holy things.
    Ezekiel 20:41
    I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles.
    Romans 12:1
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
    1 Peter 2:5
    You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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