‘When the people of the land come before the LORD at the appointed feasts, whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate. No one is to return through the gate by which he entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate. 10 The prince is to be among them, going in when they go in and going out when they go out.
13 ” ‘Every day you are to provide a year-old lamb without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD; morning by morning you shall provide it. 14 You are also to provide with it morning by morning a grain offering, consisting of a sixth of an ephah with a third of a hin of oil to moisten the flour. The presenting of this grain offering to the LORD is a lasting ordinance. 15 So the lamb and the grain offering and the oil shall be provided morning by morning for a regular burnt offering. Ezekiel 46:9-10, 13-15 (NIV)
Most of these 3 chapters are about Ezekiel being instructed on how to divide up the land for the 12 tribes of Israel, but I couldn’t help but be struck by these two simple verses and their symbolism. They have so much application if we look beyond their literal meaning.
The first set of verses just struck me in that this is something we should use today. No matter how we enter the house of the Lord (church) today, we should never come out the same as we went in. The Lord’s word and praising Him at church should change us, and we we should never leave the same way we came in. We should be changed. I really take the leaving by a different gate this way.
The second set of verses strike me in that every single day, we need to give God our very best, not our leftovers. Do we give God the unblemished lamb and our best grain? Or, do we give God just what we have left? He gave us His best – Jesus Christ. How can we not give him our very best, whatever it is that he needs, every single day?
It is amazing to me how something can just jump off the page like this – even in an Old Testament verse like this one that has different original intentions. God can speak to us in so many different ways and have us apply a verse intended for another audience and purpose to our daily lives in the 21st century. He truly is amazing.
Lord God, please let me give you my best each and every day. Let every time that I approach you change me forever. Let me give you my very best, and not my leftovers. It is so easy to be distracted by this world and forget the sacrifice that your Son, Jesus, made for us. He atoned for all of our sins and shortcomings, and because of that, we need to give you our very best every single day. Let us never enter your house and not be changed either.
In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
From the archives. Originally published September 14, 2009.