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Ezekiel 45:13-46:24.

Mike I never thought much of that 20th verse in the 46th chapter until you brought it up, hmmm. I went to my commentaries and I read the text, in context, in different translations and found the writers had not clear-cut explanation of this. Yes, I do think this command,

And he said to me, This is the place where the priests shall boil the guilt offering and the sin offering, and where they shall bake the [bloodless] meal offering, to prevent their having to bring them into the outer court, lest they should thereby wrongfully sanctify (separate and consecrate for holy service) the people who are there.
(Ezekiel 46:20 AMP)

has something to do with Ezekiel 44:19, not wearing the priestly garments when they are in the outer court. They would have to take off their garments to carry the sacrifice/offerings; however, out of their garments they could or were not suppose to perform their duties.

Also in thinking about human nature, the nature to identify oneself as being important based on where you’ve been, what you’ve seen and what you have, the people may begin to believe they were holy because they were next to, brushed by or actually came into contract with said sacrifices and or the priests and his garment. Just think of the people who press into the stage to “touch” a entertainer’s hand. We Christians are good for running from Convention to Convention to see and hear some great man or woman of God who we think preaches the best, heals the best or “operates in the gifts of the spirit” the best. We do this despite the Words of God that state,

But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it. (Deuteronomy 30:14 AMP). According to John 1:1 the Word is Jesus Christ and it is He that we should be running after and seeking. The man or woman of God is just a vessel God is using to point us to Christ.

I don’t know if this is any help at all. Maybe your question, Mike, is one we will have to ask God when we get to heaven.

1 Peter 1:13-2:10

I’m going to string or connect two passages together, one is the first chapter and the other in the second. In my mind, and this doesn’t mean that anyone else should see this connection, the two are related and interlocked. This translation uses the word, self-control while others use the concept of preparing one’s mind only,

1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed, and 2:1 So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don't just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing.

Self-control is something I’ve thought about for a long, long time. If one is self-controlled then they are who they are when no one is looking because that is really who they are, for good or bad. Most of us are “good” because of laws, edits, the threat or fear of shame, and or the fear of going to jail or winding up in hell. Negative motivation to behave rightly does nothing for the heart, where the problem is. I believe the condition of the heart is what truly controls our behavior, which can be suppressed by outside or external controls. That is why Jesus said if a man thinks about committing murder or other evil deed and/or adultery (Matt. 5:21-28) he has already committed it and is in danger.

So again, Mike thank you for beginning this Blog to encourage us all to read through the Bible yearly and to develop a relationship with the Word of God. The Word in our hearts is the only way we can develop true self-control as stated in the 119th Psalm.

Proverbs 28:11

I really like this Proverb as written in the New Living,

Rich people picture themselves as wise, but their real poverty is evident to the poor.

This confirms for me in my own mind that there is a “poverty” that has nothing to do with a lack of natural or monetary resources. In fact according to the Parable of The talents, everyone has been given a “talent” or gift to be used. Godly wisdom is free if one pursues God, yet many fail to pursue the One who is Wisdom how poor is that?

"Hey, all who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come! Buy and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk without money and without cost! Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing! Enjoy fine food! Pay attention and come to me! Listen, so you can live! Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to you, just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David.
(Isaiah 55:1-3 NET.)

Grace and peace and Happy Thanksgiving season, but us Christians know that for us everyday is a Thanksgiving Day!


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