top of page
Search

July 30, 2023 - Ezekiel 45-46

Ezekiel instructed that a portion of land should be set aside: “It shall be the holy portion of the land. It shall be for the priests, who minister in the sanctuary and approach the Lord to minister to him, and it shall be a place for their houses and a holy place for the sanctuary” (45:4). Furthermore, there were parcels of land for the larger city, for the priests and Levites, and for the rulers.


Regarding the last, the Lord instructed, “Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord God” (45:9). But not only must the rulers cease their wrongdoing, it was the ruler’s “duty to furnish the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the new moons, and the Sabbaths, all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel” (45:17). And, then, there are instructions for the burnt offering and the giving of various other regulations.


All this is just a reminder that biblical religion is not merely a future “pie-in-the-sky” sort of thing. It is to be lived out obediently and in the real world, day after day, according to God’s good instructions. Thus, Peter writes, “Preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:13-15).


Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine;

Living with Jesus, a new life divine;

Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,

Moment by moment, O Lord, I am thine.

Moment by moment I’m kept in his love;

Moment by moment I’ve life from above;

Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;

Moment by moment, O Lord, I am thine. -- D. W. Whittle (1894)

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

March 1, 2024 - Judges 1-2

Before Joshua died, the people promised to obey the Lord, to worship him only, and to turn away from the evil done by the nations.  Well, we know how that turned out:  “Now the angel of the Lord went

February 29, 2024 - Joshua 22-24

“Joshua summoned the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and said to them, ‘You have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you and have obeyed my voice in all th

February 28, 2024 - Joshua 20-21

Some thoughts from today’s reading. The cities of refuge:  “These were the cities designated for all the people of Israel and for the stranger sojourning among them, that anyone who killed a person wi

bottom of page