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Ezekiel 44-45:12

The following verses really caught my eye and I do not know why. I believe there is something really important in them though the directions given seem so trivial.

When they enter the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed in linen garments; no wool shall be on them while they minister at the gates of the inner court and within the temple. They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything that causes [them to] sweat.
(Ezekiel 44:17-18 AMP)

We have this saying, “The devil is in the details.” Maybe we need to change this to God is in the details as we saw in the recording of the exact measurements in the “new” Temple yesterday. As I read the above passage the words of Jesus came into my mind,

Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
(Matthew 11:29-30 AMP)

If you are not “sweating” in your duties the implication is that your duties are not burdensome or hard. Could that be why God commanded the priest to wear linen, fine linen, a fabric than lends itself to hot summer days and is cool looking, wrinkles and all.

1 Peter 1:1-12

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and his subsequent glory. They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven things angels long to catch a glimpse of.
(1 Peter 1:10-12 NET.)

We are a selfish bunch, me included. Here the prophets looked ahead to the coming generations and endured rejection, rebuke and yes, even death to deliver a message, a hope and promise that they would not take part in, nor see. How many of us look forward in time to the next generation? We sacrifice our children on our altars of pleasure and comfort.

We cut off their vision to the future for our selfishness. We can give the appearance that what we are doing is really for the coming generations but we lie to them and worst, to ourselves. (Psalm 119:29). It’s all about me, myself and I, the unholy trinity. We just gotta feel good.


The 29th verse also says on the flip side, that knowing God, and His law keeps us from lying to ourselves.
“Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your law.”

So if we don’t want to be self-deceptive, then we draw near to God by staying attached to the Vine that is Christ.

Grace and peace,

Ramona

I Peter 1 (CEV)
3
Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, he has given us new life and a hope that lives on.
4
God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear.
5
You have faith in God, whose power will protect you until the last day. Then he will save you, just as he has always planned to do.
6
On that day you will be glad, even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while.
7
Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns.

NOTE:
This reminds me of James 1 (Amplified Bible)
1
JAMES, A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered abroad [among the Gentiles in the dispersion]: Greetings (rejoice)!
2
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
3
Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
4
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

** Be encouraged IN THE TRIAL, for the TRIAL is building GLORY in us!

Think of the word: “en-courage”. May be “ IN COURAGE ”. Because we have been PLACED IN CHRIST by the Father, may WE NOW TAKE OUR PLACE IN CHRIST in this life. “In courage” because we are “In Christ”.

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” [Jeremiah 9:24]
( I Corinthians 1:30, 31 [NKJV] )

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in this body, I live by the faith of the Son of God Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20

VANCE

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