And within were hooks, a hand broad, fastened round about,
&c.] These, very probably, were fastened on the posts of the gate, near which were the washing room for the sacrifices, ( Ezekiel 40:38 ) , on which they were hung, when they were flayed, or the skin took off: in the slaughter house in the second temple, to the north of the altar, there were eight low stone pillars, upon which were boards of cedar foursquare, and iron hooks were fixed in them; and there were three rows of them in each, on which they hung the sacrifices F19, which were one above another; on the lowest they hung a lamb, on the middlemost a ram, and on the highest a bullock; these hooks stood out a hand's breadth from the pillars F20: such like iron hooks were fixed on the walls and pillars in the court, where they slew the passover lamb, on which they hung it, and skinned it F21: this may denote either, as Cocceius suggests, the exaltation of Christ, who suffered and was raised for our justification; or rather the lifting of him up, and holding him forth to view, as a suffering Saviour, in the ministry of the word, and in the ordinance of the supper. And upon the tables was the flesh of the offering:
here another word is used, and may design that part of the flesh of the sin offering that was eaten by the priest, ( Leviticus 6:25 Leviticus 6:26 ) so that these tables were feasting tables also; as the table of the Lord, or the ordinance of the Lord's supper, is a feast of fat things, a feast of love; a table where the flesh of Christ is laid, which is meat indeed, and only to be fed upon by those that are made kings and priests unto God. Now these tables being many show that there will be a large number of Gospel churches everywhere; and wherever they are there will be tables: the ordinance of the Lord's supper will be celebrated in the four parts of the world; at present it is chiefly in the northern part, and where these tables were seen in this vision.
F19 Misn. Tamid, c. 3. sect. 5. & Middot, c. 3. sect. 5.
F20 Lipman. Tzurath Beth Hamikdash, sect. 34.
F21 Misn. Pesachim, c. 5. sect. 9.