Thursday, September 29 2011
Verse of the Week: V10 “Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.”
1. Honest Division (V1-8)
V1 “Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the LORD, and holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about.”
The holy God spoke to Prophet Ezekiel to divide the land for inheritance by lot and it must be done in honesty and fairness. Indeed, the works of God are great and honourable and we must serve Him with honesty and fairness otherwise our works are in vain.
“The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.” (Psalms 111:2-3)
2. Honest Dealing (V9-12)
V9 “Thus saith the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord GOD.”
The princes of Israel were dishonest in their dealings as they deceived and cheated the people of their land and money. God warned them to confess and repent of their sins and dishonesty otherwise His judgment shall be upon them. Instead of using just balances and measurements in their dealings, they were using unjust balances and measurements, and were out to deceive and cheat the people. The saddest truth is that God’s people who are supposedly to be honest and fair in their dealings are dishonest and unfair. This brings disgrace and shame to God’s holy name, and is a stumbling block to unbelievers.
V10 “Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.”
3. Honest Discipline (V13-25)
V21 “In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.”
Christ was the passover who sacrificed Himself on the cross for our sins so that we can be righteous before the holy God. However, when we sin against God by deceiving and cheating others, Christ shall judge and discipline us for our good and for His glory.
“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:” (1 Corinthians 5:7)
Prayer of the Week:
Dearest God, please help me to be honest for Your honour and glory.