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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
The Purified Priesthood And Temple

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 44:1-31 KJV
(1) Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
(2) Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
(3) It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
(4) Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.
(5) And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.
(6) And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,
(7) In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.
(8) And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.
(9) Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
(10) And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.
(11) Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.
(12) Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.
(13) And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
(14) But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.
(15) But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:
(16) They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.
(17) And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
(18) They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.
(19) And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.
(20) Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.
(21) Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.
(22) Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.
(23) And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
(24) And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
(25) And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.
(26) And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.
(27) And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.
(28) And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.
(29) They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.
(30) And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest's: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house.
(31) The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.

Why such detail to purity to the temple as well as the priesthood that minister to the Lord within the Temple? If Godís people are to be a witness to the lost why can not the lost enter into the temple of the Lord. The temple of the Lord was not for pagan idols or priesthoods. Other countries temples were litered with all kinds of gods and goddesses, not always having separate place of worship between gods. They were temples of Idolatry. Godís house was special, God called for his house not to be a den of thieves or a temple of Idolatry or Adultery. Godís house was to be sinless in the since of He was the only one to be worshipped within the temple. Those of pagan and idolatry were not allowed in to change the ways of God. They were not allowed in to worship, until they had been baptized and circumcised in the ways of God and have removed their idolatry and sin.

At one time the tradition of the church was to have teacher and ministers that taught outside the church among the heathens, and idolaters the ways of God in Home Bible Study People invite people to church without any thought of that personís belief. Is this a bad things. Is the church corrupt. The church is only corrupt if they allow false gods to be worshipped inside their building. There are ministers today that will perform any religious ceremony known to man and their others that will only do ceremonies for God, Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit. One has to ask what kind of minister are you? Is there anything wrong with being kind to someone of another faith and interceding and using their faith to bring comfort in times of mourning, or dedication as far as children? My first question is who called you to serve God? God, the devil or the idols? Can the kindness of minister that perform many ceremonies be a witness of faith? Can someone marry someone outside the faith or even someone like homosexual couple? One has to ask is money involved? I think the better question is who called you to serve him. There will be always people that will be able to serve in those capacities that are nnot purified as the Holy Priesthood. However the people God need to know the difference of a minister for financial gain and one for Christ Jesus, One that service God alone.

We must remember God uses heathens, idolators through out scripture for his will. What kind of prophet was Haggi, Joes, Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Obadiah, Micah, Zachariah, Zephaniah, Ezra, Nehemiah and Malachi. What kind of kings were Abimelech, Ahab, Solomon, King David and King Saul? None of the kings or Priest hear denied Godís call. However one priest name Hosea was called to marry adulterous woman, and some of these kings fear more then one god.

The call of purity and call of God on individual life? Are you called to serve God alone, or many gods? God only calls us to serve Him. He calls us to be separate from pagan practices. On my homepage I mention that there was two types of worship for Easter. I do not doubt some wonder why mention anything other then Christ. It is to help make people aware that not all celebrate Easter/Resurrection Day in tribute to Jesus victory over sin and death. It is a warning that people need to wake up that are believers in Christ that not all that say Lord, Lord will be entering into the kingdom. We need to cleanse our idolatry and idolatry practices no matter how innocent they are from ourselves and our practices. God has called his children to be part of the royal priesthood of God. To follow in Christ footsteps in the ways of God. He called us to be separatist and to teach others the baptism/circumcision of the heart of God. In other words we are to preach throughout the world about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Those not interested we leave alone, only acting in kindness despite our disagreements, to win them to Christ and to be a decent human being.

The truth of the matter there are places that do allow more then one faith to be served in even today, but God has not called his house a house of iniquity/sin. He called it to be holy. Do you serve as God has called you. Hosea, married Gomer and said it was of God. Not everything God ordains is Holy or right. Something are for a teaching of the people. How did Hosea separate his duties as a prophet from who He married, I believe He used his wife in his ministry dealing with Idolatry of Israel. See faith is individual. You can not make the person you live with or married to saved. You can only be a testimony to the person if they are unsaved and can only be a partner in faith with someone of the same faith. God cause us as individuals first and then as we teach our family and friends second t be holy to Him alone. Faith is individual, and within the walls of worship that place is Holy. Do you have a Holy place to worship, most of us are not in a purified world, but there are cultures that are living in a purified state but not always up to that holiness. Not one group is without sin. We can not force people to believe as we do. We must allow and pray for God to convict the heart. Our job is to only obey God in love and purity.

Dear Heavenly Father your call of your children is to purity. It not just to the priesthood but to individuals who desire to obey and follow you. Whether in the place of purity or a place of iniquity, may your purity run through the believer cleansing the believer from sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1 Peter 2:9-12 KJV
(9) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
(10) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
(11) Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
(12) Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.


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