- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 44
The work and ordinances in the temple.
Following the vision of the glory of God returning to the temple, Ezekiel saw a vision of temple ordinances for the Price, the Levites, and the Priests. As the glory of God returned to the temple and the relationship with God was restored, the people of Israel was able to offer sacrificial offering to God.
All those who served in the temple must be purified by the temple ordinances, which God showed Ezekiel in vision. The temple ordinances in his vision was followed the pattern in Mosaic law explained in Exodus, Leviticus, Number, and Deuteronomy.
The act of consecration and purification was done to the outer east gate that should be closed, which was symbolizing its consecration by God’s entrance and God’s continued presence.
The identity the prince (v.3) is something mystery. He needs to make a sin offering (45:22) and to have children (46:16). He must be one of temple server as leader.
The Levites are two groups. One group is for just serving temple, who are in charge of the duties of the temple and all the work that is to be done in it. The other group is for serving priests, descendants of Zadok, in the line of Aaron. They alone will be allowed to stand before God to offer sacrifices.
The inheritance for priest is God alone, so they will be given no allotment of land. Everything they need to live will be provided for them by the Lord through the activity of the temple. (Numbers 15:20-21,18:8-24; Ezekiel 42:13
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?