Saturday, June 1, 2019

Ezekiel 46

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 46. 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?)
  • Throughout the last few chapters, we've been following Ezekiel's vision of a mysterious man guiding him through a complex Temple. In today's reading, even more specific instructions are given regarding what priests should sacrifice, and how they should carry out the sacrifices.
  • Look at how specific the instructions are. Priests must make sure they follow these details exactly. Here are just a few of the requirements: 
    • ⅗ of a bushel of grain
    • A gallon of oil
    • A young bull, six lambs, and a ram
  • There are also certain ways the priest is supposed to enter and exit the area in which the sacrifice is given.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • One big reason sacrifice instructions were so specific is because they set the stage for Jesus' sacrifice hundreds of years later. It was extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- for humans to perfectly follow the sacrifice instructions. God used this to show that we humans are not capable of being perfect. Jesus' sacrifice was the ultimate sacrifice once and for all.
  • Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we no longer have to follow carefully prescribed details to sacrifice animals and bushels to make up for our sins. We just have to put our faith in him and his sacrifice on the cross.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is there an area of your life where you're trying to make it look like you have it all together? Maybe a relationship in your life is falling apart, but you haven't sought help because you want to keep up appearances. Or maybe you're struggling with an addiction that everyone things you've overcome.
  • Instead of trying to make it look like you're a "perfect priest" who has it all together and can follow tedious instructions, have an honest conversation with God and ask for his help. It's also wise to talk to a trusted friend about what you're going through.