November 23, 2021

Ezekiel 45:13–46:24

During the Millennial Kingdom, the people will continue to bring various offerings in support of the priests (Ezekiel 45:13-17). As part of their spiritual maintenance the sanctuary would be cleansed each year with the blood of the sin offering. And during the Millennial Kingdom at least 3 feasts would be kept, the Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Tabernacles.

Not only would there be offerings and feasts, there would also be sacrifices. As we’ve mentioned previously, these sacrifices were commemorative in nature. In the Old Testament they looked forward to the cross, but ever since Calvary we’ve looked back to the cross. This will continue to be done, even in the Millennial Kingdom.

The manner of worship for the prince and the priests is covered in Ezekiel 46. There are many details, but in a general sense I noticed the significance of special times of worship daily, weekly, monthly,  yearly, and even sporadically (Ezekiel 46:12). Not that our relationship with God is bondage to certain days of the year (Colossians 2:16-17), but we’ve transitioned from duty to devotion, from “got to” to “get to.” I see a picture of our daily devotions in:

Ezekiel 46:13 (NKJV) “You shall daily make a burnt offering to the LORD of a lamb of the first year without blemish; you shall prepare it every morning.

 Ezekiel 46:15 (NKJV) “Thus they shall prepare the lamb, the grain offering, and the oil, as a regular burnt offering every morning.”

The burnt offering is a picture of complete consecration – something I should renew daily. The grain offering is a picture of service. How will I serve the Lord today?

I might be stretching it a bit, but when Ezekiel commands the people to exit a different way from where they came in, I like to see it as the Lord telling me that every time I “enter in” – I should leave different than when I arrived (Ezekiel 46:9).

During the Millennial Kingdom God protects property and sets up the inheritance laws to make sure that families are able to stay in their homes, that none would homeless and scattered (Ezekiel 46:18).

It’s interesting to note that there will be a sort of kitchen in the Temple precincts; this enable the priests to boil the meat and bake the grain offerings in a sanctified place and not in any way tempt or endanger the people who were not allowed to eat the offerings.

1 Peter 1:13–2:10

Peter reminds us that this great salvation we have in Christ should lead to a life of holiness, as he quotes from Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:22; 20:7.

1 Peter 1:15–16 (NKJV) “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’”

Since we’re saints who are saved, we’re set apart and sanctified, we should be obedient to God, different than the world. After all, we weren’t redeemed with sliver or gold, nor were we bought back with the blood of lambs or turtle doves, no, we were redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus – from all of our sins and  aimless conduct – thank You Lord, I’ve been bought with Your blood…I belong to You.

Peter speaks of Jesus slain from the foundation of the world; as we place our faith in Him, we also place our faith in the Father (1 Peter 1:21). This faith leads to the purification of our souls, which leads to a life of obedience, and that obedience should be dominated and demonstrated by sincerely loving the brethren.

1 Peter 1:22 (NKJV) “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,”

We’ve been born-again, and I’ll say it again (and again, and again), that the Spirit of God, takes the Word of God, to conceive a child of God. This Word endures forever!

In 1 Peter 2, he begins by reminding us of that principle we find in the Scriptures, that we are to put off the old man and put on the new man (Colossians 3:9-10; Ephesians 4:22-24). The Greek word translated “laying aside” (1 Peter 2:1) means to “take off your clothes,” so before we put on our new clothes, we must first take off our dirty clothes. O Lord, please help me to deny myself.

God help us to be like newborn babes and desire the pure milk of the Word because of the fact that we’ve truly tasted the amazing grace of God – but first we must take off the malice (ill will, desire to injure), deceit (craftiness), hypocrisy (acting), envy (resentment when others are blessed). These are serious sins and yet common in the hearts of many Christians. Do you struggle with any of these?

We are to come to Jesus who is the Chief Cornerstone and be those living stones He’s called us to be. The New Testament teaches the priesthood of all believers, meaning that now all Christians are priests, that any Christian can stand in the gap and represent God to the people by loving on them with God’s Word; and any Christian can represent the people to God by praying for them. We can all serve and sacrifice, teach, preach, and praise with our lips and especially our lives. All Christians now belong to the royal priesthood.

I pray the many prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament (over 300) never get old or commonplace in our hearts. Here Peter quotes from Isaiah 28:16; Psalm 118:22 and Isaiah 8:14 teaching us some important things about the Messiah. That He would be the Chief Cornerstone and yet rejected by the builders (the Jewish leaders); that all that’s required in the New Covenant would be simple faith in order to be saved; but this would be a stumbling stone for the Jews who valued the rules and regulations of religion over a simple relationship with God. It’s sad they didn’t see the Gospel is all there, even in the Old Testament.

Peter quoting from Isaiah 28:16

1 Peter 2:6 (NKJV) “Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’”

Psalm 119:33-48

I’m a firm believer in the power of God through His Word (the Bible). I’ve heard stories, and have actually met people who were healed of mental illness, by simply saturating themselves in the Scriptures. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, and isn’t it interesting that it’s ALL about the Bible? All but 5 of the 176 verses mention the Scriptures in one way or another.

The Psalmist asks God to teach Him the Word, and he would keep it “to the end.” (Psalm 119:13) He asked for understanding to observe it with His “whole heart” (Psalm 119:14).

Other verses that stood out to me in this section:

Psalm 119:36 (NKJV) ”Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.”

This is a great prayer to pray! That God would “incline” our hearts towards His Word. There are many who don’t have a hunger for the Bible. We can pray this passage for them and we can also pray this for ourselves, that God would give us even MORE of a hunger for His Word!

The second part of the prayer is that God would turn our hearts away from covetousness. Covetousness has a way of occupying our minds, hearts, and lives, distracting us from God and filling us with the junk food of the world. When this happens we’ won’t be hungry for God’s soul food (the Bible).

Psalm 119:37 (NKJV) ”Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.”

The above passage should be near every television, every mobile phone, every iPad and every computer, it should be stamped on every heart. Be careful little eyes, what you see. The enemy can ruin us with lies to our eyes, while God – through His Word revives our lives.

Psalm 119:45 (NKJV) “And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts.”

When a person stands on and understands the Scriptures, they will be free. Free from the power and penalty of sin, free from religion, free to obey, free from any man-made mandates that can potentially weigh us down or even bring us into bondage. Jesus said in:

John 8:32 (NKJV) “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Proverbs 28:11

Proverbs 28:11 (NKJV) “The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the poor who has understanding searches him out.”

Here we have another rich and poor comparison-proverb. Something we also see in Proverbs 28:6, 8. We come to realize that Godly wisdom far exceeds any amount of earthly riches, even to the point that the poor man sees right through the rich man.

Bible Knowledge Commentary, “A discerning poor person can see through the pretentious facade of a conceited rich person who thinks he knows it all (cf. wise[r] in his own eyes in 26:5, 12, 16). Having money does not mean a person is wise.”

Derek Kidner, “God’s searching gaze, as prayed for in Psalm 139:23, may have to reach a man in the unwelcome form of the appraising (or contemptuous?—see on 25:27) stare of one whom he regards as an inferior. Three things are implied in the saying: (a) wisdom is no respecter of rank; (b) complacency is no symptom of wisdom; (c) a man’s peers are not always his best judges.”

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