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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Do Not Go Out The Way You Came In

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 46:1-24 KJV
(1) Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.
(2) And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.
(3) Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons.
(4) And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the LORD in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish.
(5) And the meat offering shall be an ephah for a ram, and the meat offering for the lambs as he shall be able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.
(6) And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish.
(7) And he shall prepare a meat offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs according as his hand shall attain unto, and an hin of oil to an ephah.
(8) And when the prince shall enter, he shall go in by the way of the porch of that gate, and he shall go forth by the way thereof.
(9) But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.
(10) And the prince in the midst of them, when they go in, shall go in; and when they go forth, shall go forth.
(11) And in the feasts and in the solemnities the meat offering shall be an ephah to a bullock, and an ephah to a ram, and to the lambs as he is able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.
(12) Now when the prince shall prepare a voluntary burnt offering or peace offerings voluntarily unto the LORD, one shall then open him the gate that looketh toward the east, and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, as he did on the sabbath day: then he shall go forth; and after his going forth one shall shut the gate.
(13) Thou shalt daily prepare a burnt offering unto the LORD of a lamb of the first year without blemish: thou shalt prepare it every morning.
(14) And thou shalt prepare a meat offering for it every morning, the sixth part of an ephah, and the third part of an hin of oil, to temper with the fine flour; a meat offering continually by a perpetual ordinance unto the LORD.
(15) Thus shall they prepare the lamb, and the meat offering, and the oil, every morning for a continual burnt offering.
(16) Thus saith the Lord GOD; If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons, the inheritance thereof shall be his sons'; it shall be their possession by inheritance.
(17) But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons' for them.
(18) Moreover the prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession.
(19) After he brought me through the entry, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests, which looked toward the north: and, behold, there was a place on the two sides westward.
(20) Then said he unto me, This is the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, where they shall bake the meat offering; that they bear them not out into the utter court, to sanctify the people.
(21) Then he brought me forth into the utter court, and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and, behold, in every corner of the court there was a court.
(22) In the four corners of the court there were courts joined of forty cubits long and thirty broad: these four corners were of one measure.
(23) And there was a row of building round about in them, round about them four, and it was made with boiling places under the rows round about.
(24) Then said he unto me, These are the places of them that boil, where the ministers of the house shall boil the sacrifice of the people.

The formality of worship seems strange to those not accustom to formal ways of worship. Ever go into a church with a kneel rail at the pew, or where altar boys light candles where in oneís own church this is not a normal thing, it seems odd and beautiful at the same time. It is nice to visit a church service different then oneís own because it helps understand the very nature that some customs are just different and symbolic for one reason or another. Some traditions self explanatory and others need more defining. The Jewish temple was no exception when it came to customs and traditions even down to sacrifice. Even down to the entry of the king/prince of the land. He was the only one allow to enter and go out the door he went in, but the rest of the people were not allowed to go out the same door they went in.

Symbolic in nature of not going out the door you go in meant that you went forth before God to the world as a testimony for God. One laid their sin at altar and went forth in humility and love to the world. If one turn around and went out the door he went in it symbolized he turned his back on God. I doubt this custom is still in practice in the Christian world but it is a saying in our world even today not to go out the same way you went in. Go in the back door and go in the front. Well in the temple one went in North gate or the south gate you exited the opposite.

An inheritance was given by a prince to his sons was his sons, and those given to a servant was like a loan till the time of jubilee. We are all God servants and though we go to be with God in heaven we will return to earth someday in the New Jerusalem to live. We strive to heaven only to return. At least in the New Jerusalem God and Christ rule and this imperfect world we live in no longer exist. Earth is as it was in heaven for the believer. In life we must go forward and yet we yet return to a place of sacrifice for sin. Yet for the believer Christ there is no more sacrifice for sin. Yet the act of repentance is repeat if nothing more but to get rid of sin and things we do in our human flesh that is not right with God and under Godís correction as believers. Yet when we rise from our knees in humility we must not turn back but go forward in faith and out not the door we came in for repentance.

Our faith must move ahead, but reality check of pearly gates for a time period is only the reminder of the continual stairway to heaven and earth that exist for the believer. Jacob went into the world of sin, to only return to a place of moving forward with God. It is almost as if he had to know what life was before he could continue with the God of His father Abraham. Jacob had wanted Esau birthright but he was not ready to wear the shoes of the birthright. Many of us want the heritance of God and yet not ready to journey to heaven, or forward in faith with God. Sometimes we want to go through other doors only to find those doors were shut and we just took a chainsaw and made our own door. The east gate was closed to those going through the temple. The prince was not allowed to go through any door he please to do so was in violation of tradition that meant something to the believer. The prince never going forward but backwards in faith. As a ruler he had to serve even the sinful man and often his own desires, never given thought to the holiness of faith he believed. Yet God still moved and worked in rulers lives and were even a friend of God. The customs of value, but only if you know what they mean and symbolize to the Jewish people and how it effects ones own faith in Christ despite the sacrificial law was no longer obeyed.

What if you sin and you turn away from sin is that good enough. That is all God requires today, but what about our own conscious. Let us look at Zacchaeus who returned what he stole to the people or David who wept in sack cloth and ask in his room only to rise and get dress and cease mourning after his punishment was executed. Something must be amend and other things can be and will be forgotten with no repayment of sin. Yet what might be your custom might not be another. Yet the custom of jail, legal law is custom not all except today as being right. The world has no sense of justice though it understands punishment. Godís people understand forgiveness, and yet often judge despite their own fallacies. A world of disarray of what is right and wrong because of freedom and free will of the human mind. God is great judge of the world and he knows the heart behind the sinner, and he knows if the punishment meets the crime and if forgiveness is all he offers for sin, then the hope of eternity with God is a reality and not a death sentence to hell for offense other then unbelief and abominations of adultery, idolatry and so forth. God does forgive unbelief upon salvation and idolatry and adultery with repentance, but not without. God can convict the heart but payment of sin must be given Godís way. The sacrificial laws teach God has a way of payment and forgiveness. Yet Godís salvation goes to his plan of salvation through his provision of the sacrifice for sin through his son Jesus. Our provision of sacrifice is only symbolic, for to bring the ram to the temple was provided by both the prince and the people. Some sacrifices for the nation and others for the individual. Christ paid the sin for the whole world for all that believe and receive. Yet as a believer in Christ we have a responsibility not to go out the door we came in, or the way we came in. To go into church with anger, or sin, it needs left at the altar.

Dear Heavenly Father move in our life, and change our hearts, so we do not go out the same door we came in. May your word be glorified. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Romans 8:17 KJV
(17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

2 Peter 2:20-22 KJV
(20) For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
(21) For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
(22) But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.


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