How about something nice for a Tuesday? Let’s go!
Starting with Ezekiel 40, we see God restoring the temple procedures. They have been restored to the land that God had promised them, land that He intended and set aside for them from the very beginning. And now that they are back where they belong, God is very specifically having Zeke give them instructions on how to worship him and reconstruct the temple. Keep in mind that this is a new generation, and they need to be schooled on the proper way to worship God. That in itself is a separate blog, but I won’t go there right now.
Let’s skip to chapter 46 starting at verse 16:
16 -18 “‘A Message from God, the Master: If the prince deeds a gift from his inheritance to one of his sons, it stays in the family. But if he deeds a gift from his inheritance to a servant, the servant keeps it only until the year of liberation (the Jubilee year). After that, it comes back to the prince. His inheritance is only for his sons. It stays in the family. The prince must not take the inheritance from any of the people, dispossessing them of their land. He can give his sons only what he himself owns. None of my people are to be run off their land.'”
Now, when I read this passage, I get excited. I’m going to just throw out there the way that I’m interpreting this passage. If you don’t feel it in the same way, please let me know if I’m in error.
When I look at this passage, I see God saying to us clearly that when He gives us something, it’s an eternal gift. This inheritance that Zeke speaks of, it is a lifetime of spiritual blessings and physical blessings that God wants to pour out. There is no stipulation except this…that we continue to be a son (or a daughter). These verses make an important distinction that we really ought to pay close attention to. If we are a child of the Prince (Jesus, therefore God), then the inheritance is ours. We never have to give it back. But see, keep in mind that any true son or daughter never turns his or her back on their father. They remain loyal and obey the father with a dedication born out of love. Remember Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commands? The same sentiment is imposed here, while it is not expressly written out. In my opinion, this passage might as well say that if a prince gives his inheritance to someone who really, REALLY loves HIM, then that inheritance is theirs for life. I can’t stress this enough.
Also, notice that the verse says that if the Prince gives a gift of some, not all. As a parent, I know that sometimes giving my child all of their gifts at one time would breed “madness”, so I have to gift with the intention of being responsible to them for what they can handle. If I give my child an XBOX360, a PS3, AND a Wii all at one time, and then wonder why I never see them and they are always locked up in their rooms, the blame lies with me. This is why God spreads every blessing out across our lifetimes. He loves us too much to watch us self-destruct simply because He has blessed us so abundantly.
Now, remember when I said that there is a distinct difference detailed for us as it deals with inheritances? Well, in verse17 it says that if the prince gives a gift of some of his inheritance to a worker, then it only belongs to that worker until the year of Jubilee, then it has to be given back. We wonder sometimes why people are so blessed who have not given themselves to Him. We wonder why it appears that they have all of the luck and prosperity. Well, these are the people who work, not the people who belong. There is no connection other than familiarity born from the fact that God created them as well, and God chooses when it rains and when the sun shines, and on whom. The worker only has use. They never have ownership. The worker has to give the gift back! The son or daughter gets to keep it. For the worker, there is a temporary loan. Hallelujah!
Finally, the last couple of verses talk about the prince not being able to evict the people from their property. Once God gives, then He gives. We may walk away from the blessing, but it still remains there for us. The Israelites sinned their way out of their land, but God never took their names off of the title deed. It was always still theirs! In our lives, God sometimes has to remove us from the land of the blessings in our lives, but those blessings still have our names inscribed on them! We are never evicted, merely relocated at times! And the last verse should be a source of comfort.
“..he shall provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of My people may be scattered from his property.”
It is God’s will that we walk in the field of His blessings forevermore. God will provide it, and if we walk with him in love and devotion, we will live in it. It is ours! Sons and daughters of the King, the blessings are ours!!! How great is our God!!
Until next time, family, be blessed!