Thursday, September 9, 2021

Ezekiel 44:15,16 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Ezekiel 44:15,16

“But the Levitical priests, who are descendants of Zadok and who guarded my sanctuary when the Israelites went astray from me, are to come near to minister before me; they are to stand before me to offer sacrifices of fat and blood, declares the Sovereign LORD. They alone are to enter my sanctuary; they alone are to come near my table to minister before me and serve me as guards.”


The Lord rewards the reverent faithfulness and obedience of His people! There are two groups of priests in this chapter of the Bible, one that strayed and one that stayed. They both get to serve the Lord, but it is the ones who stay faithful to Him that get to come in closer!


We see here that our faithfulness, our obedience, and our reverence for Him are rewarded by a closer relationship to Him. You might say, “Well, it’s too late for me. I have already strayed and went my own way.” Well, don’t worry because God had a plan for that, and His name is Jesus! Because of Jesus, we too can start fresh and new with the Lord and serve Him in a close and intimate way. We no longer have to be on the outside looking in but can be on the inside living, serving, and worshipping in His Presence.


Jesus is the Light in the darkness, the Hope for the desperate, the Strength in our weakness, the only Life for this dead and dying world. Our King, our Messiah, our Friend. The only Door of reconciliation and redemption was blown open that day on the Cross. Have you walked through it? Told others about it? Lived life in reverence and honor of it? Thank You, Papa, thank You, Jesus, thank You, Holy Spirit for saving a wretch like me and never leaving my side!


2 Corinthians 5:18-21 - All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are, therefore, Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.




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