Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday - Ezekiel 44 - Picking Up Where We Left Off

HE ideal situation that God had in mind for old Israel was never fully realized. Not under Moses, not under Joshua, not under Gideon, Samson or Samuel, not under David or Solomon; never once was the nation of Israel full possessors of all that God had for them. But their story is not over yet.

It is apparent that God will have some final words to His people concerning how lightly they set aside His commandments so many years ago. The sins of Israel, their old affinity for the heathen, the failures of certain Levites and Solomon's ordination of Zadok (I Kings 2:35) – these and other old issues will all come up again in the assignments of duties at the outset of the kingdom.  Not that forgiveness isn’t present, but rewards and consequences can somehow still affect the terrain even after forgiveness. This is seen ever so shockingly in some of the old regulations that will resurface in millennium. Now, God is not capricious or arbitrary. In Ezekiel 44:23, we find one of the purposes in these restrictions, "And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and profane and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean." The standards that the priests will live by will not qualify them as holy in God's eyes, it will qualify them to teach what is holy to the men around them.

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