Archive for May 17th, 2008

Ezekiel 45

Ezekiel 46 is all about how the sacrifices were to be offered.  I was surprised at the size of the land set aside for the Temple and the houses of the priests – “sacred space” – 7 miles by 6 miles.  That is a pretty good size chunk of land God required be set aside as “holy ground”.  There is clear definition about the kinds of offerings that were required: “Sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings for making atonement for the people”.  Jesus went to the cross to take away the need for all these offerings from you and me.  But we need to recognize that sacrifice was made and accept the atonement offered.  It is not something that happens by osmosis or because we sit in the pew on Sunday once a week.  It happens because of relationship with the Son of God at a personal and heart level.  Have you accepted His gift of being willing to be the offering that paid the price for your sin?  That is the only way.  Ezekiel also defines the Passover – a seven day celebration feast.  That sounds like fun!  But the key to remember is that sin has a price to be paid.  Jesus went to the cross to pay it, we just have to accept that grace freely through a personal relationship.

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