So he measured the area on all four sides. It had a wall around it, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, to separate the holy from the common. Ezekiel 42:20
According to dictionary.com common has 47 meanings, I think these two are the most relevant to the passage....
4.widespread; general; ordinary: common knowledge.
5.of frequent occurrence; usual; familiar: a common event; a common mistake.
We are not a common people the Bible tells us we are to be his holy people, holy race (as in God's people not as in black folks or white folks...just Christian folks), and we are to be holy as he is holy!
Dictionary.com defines holy in the following ways:
1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground.
3.saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
4.having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
5.entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred: a holy relic.
Do we recognize that we are set apart? specially recognized? entitled to worship? Have you ever thought about the fact that we are entitled, God will receive our worship. Wow!
Finally dictionary.com defines a wall
1.any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc.
2.Usually, walls. a rampart raised for defensive purposes.
I love that walls are for defensive purposes, and also for protection and privacy. We are defending ourselves from what is common, worldly.
So here is how I read the passage.... So he measured the area on all four sides. It had a defended area of private protected space around it, 875 feet long and 875 feet wide, to separate the specially recognized from the ordinary or familiar. interpretation of Ezekiel 42:20
Does your family have a defended area of private protected holy space around it. Or are we a colander and everything is getting into our homes without our review? Ezekiel calls us to be watchman on the wall : Ezekiel 3:17"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.
It's time to fortify your wall, put up your defenses create a holy space and do not let the common place enter!