Saturday, May 25, 2019

May 25 - Ezekiel 44

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 44. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Ezekiel is still experiencing a vision in which a mysterious man guides him around a temple. God uses this vision to tell Ezekiel what information he should pass along to the Israelite people. 
  • In previous chapters, we learned that only the priests could enter certain parts of the temple, because they were considered "more holy" than others.
  • This chapter explains, in immense detail, what is required of priests. This includes really obscure and specific descriptions. We see directives about circumcision, what linens the priest should wear if they're from a certain lineage, how they should keep their hair, and more.
  • Near the end of this chapter, in verse 28, God declares that priests "will not have any property or possession of land, for I am their special possession." That's a tall order!
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The book of Ezekiel is part of the Old Testament. The Old Testament was written prior to Jesus living as a human, dying for our sins, and coming back to life to prove his power.
  • Because of the sacrifice Jesus made, we do not have to rely on priests to talk to God for us. We are each our own priest. And, thankfully, we also don't have to follow all of the policies set forth in this chapter. Jesus' sacrifice freed us from that.
  • One truth we can cling to from today's chapter is the verse that says God is the priests' "special possession." We should see God that way, as a treasure unmatched by any other thing in your life.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you view God as a treasure, or do you take him for granted? Set aside time to reflect on the good things he has brought you, and thank him for being your treasure.