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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Built On The Laws Of God

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 43:1-27 KJV
(1) Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:
(2) And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
(3) And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.
(4) And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
(5) So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.
(6) And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.
(7) And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.
(8) In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.
(9) Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.
(10) Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.
(11) And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.
(12) This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.
(13) And these are the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit is a cubit and an hand breadth; even the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof round about shall be a span: and this shall be the higher place of the altar.
(14) And from the bottom upon the ground even to the lower settle shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser settle even to the greater settle shall be four cubits, and the breadth one cubit.
(15) So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.
(16) And the altar shall be twelve cubits long, twelve broad, square in the four squares thereof.
(17) And the settle shall be fourteen cubits long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom thereof shall be a cubit about; and his stairs shall look toward the east.
(18) And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.
(19) And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord GOD, a young bullock for a sin offering.
(20) And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.
(21) Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary.
(22) And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock.
(23) When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.
(24) And thou shalt offer them before the LORD, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the LORD.
(25) Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.
(26) Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.
(27) And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD.

Talked yesterday about David buffet table of the word of God, and Ezekiel is only reflecting on these points once more. Ezekiel time period is still under the old covenant of God. Christ had not come in the flesh yet, but would be. This Old Testament covenant is it necessary today as far as religious practice of Old Testament. Is it important to build on the law of the Old Testament to establish faith. The law declares our sin, without knowledge of the law one can not know what sin against God is. Yet is the law established today in the since of faith in the religious aspect of the sacrifices. There is no more sacrifice because Christ was the final sacrifice of our faith. Yet in Ezekiel time revival meant that reestablishing of the Old Covenant and the Sacrificial laws. The Old Covenant in the sense of righteousness because of faith never ceased, but something must be established first between Old and New Testament. Without faith there is no righteousness. Believing in God as far as faith as been important and believing His Word. That part of the covenant never changed from Old to New Testament. The covenant that changed was the Sacrificial law that is spoken of in this chapter, dealing with the purging of sin from Israel and the daily sacrifice for a week to cleanse the temple and the people.

As Christians we must remember that Jesus became our atonement for our sin, the old religious law destroyed in the since of ritualism was no longer necessary to making the sacrifices in modern times or after the crucifixion of Jesus. Yet meantime in the book of Ezekiel the Old religious law would be reestablished to purge the temple and the people of sin. The prophets spoke of a time coming when God would write His laws on the believers heart, yet this was not something new either. For God established the law in the hearts of the people from the time of Moses. The idea of a law that governed the people was known concept by the time of Moses. Yet there was a time of unwritten law, but law that God established with man through and by His Spirit. Abraham lived during this time, though there was a High Priest he paid tithe too and yet Abraham was consider a priest of God. God talked to Abraham and established the covenant of circumcision a reminder of faith. Faith of Abraham being because he did what God told him to because he believed God by going to the Promise Land. The law of sacrifice begin with Cain and Abel. Cain giving sacrifice to God that did not please God.

Godís law of sacrifice had to be established. If God sent His Son in to the world as a sacrifice for us doing away with the Old Covenant of the sacrificial law, then the establishment of faith never changed, but the sacrificial law did. If Israel today re establishes the sacrificial law to purge the temple and the people is this sin against God today. One has to remember that denying of Godís promised redeemer, promised from Old Testament is part of faith. If the Old law of sacrifice was reestablished in the vision of Ezekiel then it was something necessary when Israel was restored, despite under the law of the heathens.

Teaching of the foundation of God begins with faith, not the covenants or ordinance of the Moses law. Why then if the law would change was it reestablished before Christ. It is a reestablishment of the holiness of faith and value of the sacrifice as a reminder the cost to oneís relationship because of sin. Sin separates us from sin, repentance draws us nearer to God. The law of God begins at the heart and not the sacrifices of man. Yet the sacrifices were reminders of faith. God was reestablishing the reminders to help purge the sin from the people. Christ crucifixion purge us by making us guilty of sin and the separation from God because of sin, repentance and the burial of sin through the cross, gave us hope of victory through Christ Jesus. Without the promises of Christ coming the sacrificial laws would have to remain. Jesus died for being the Messiah. He died paying the price of our sin. God would under the new covenant establish His laws by the Holy Spirit in the heart of each believer. The first law being faith. And second law still turning from sin to serve a Living God and His Word.

Reestablishment would remind the people of faith, and hope. Ezekiel day being much harder then it is today, for they were under that Old Covenant. That same covenant David was built upon. The same covenant that was established time of Moses. What did Abraham sacrifice. He sacrifice his family, giving up his family to follow God. He sacrificed his first born for a women, and almost killed the promised seed for his God, who stopped him and gave him a ram for sacrifice instead. Part of faith is obeying God when He speaks to you to do something. Part of faith is trusting God under covenant of Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father thatnk you hope that comes through Christ and for the New Covenant of faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Hebrews 9:11-28 KJV
(11) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
(12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
(13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
(14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
(15) And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
(16) For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
(17) For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
(18) Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
(19) For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
(20) Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
(21) Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
(22) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
(23) It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
(24) For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
(25) Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
(26) For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
(27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
(28) So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.


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