Things That Are Sacred
Things That Are Sacred sermon teaches us that today, we mix profane and holiness. We must learn the difference. Revival starts when believers confirm sin.
Ezekiel preached during the Babylonian captivity. He was called to preach from Babylon and his prophecies were of Israel and for his people. His preaching applies then and to us today. Ezekiel has visions of the glorious temple yet to come.
On Palm Sunday, Jesus came up the Way of the Messiah to the Eastern Gate of the old city of Jerusalem. Today the gate is walled shut and has been for centuries. God shut the gate after Jesus passed through it on Palm Sunday. Ezekiel writes 600 years before Jesus came and went through the gate. The gate is closed until Jesus comes again. That gate is reserved for the Messiah, the return of Christ. Jesus will enter through that gate and into the temple again. Temple worship will be restored and will be like none built before. It will be where the glory of the Lord will reside.
The reason that Israel had lost the temple, their homeland, and everything was because they polluted the sacred things of God. The priests of the new temple to come are described in the book of Ezekiel. It affects us today greatly. There will be non-believers among believers at the temple and in churches today. They will not be allowed into God’s temple, not because it is discriminatory, but because there are things holy and sacred within it.
The tribe of Levi is the tribe of priests. Not all Levites are priests, some work to maintain the temple. They will not go into the holiest place because of the sin in their heart. But He will make them keepers of the temple.
The priests of the new temple have to be descendants of Levi, Aaron, the first high priest, and also Zadoc, a faithful priest during King David’s time. The Messiah comes back as the son of David. When He enters the temple, priests will be from Levi, Aaron, and Zadoc. They shall wear plain linen cloths in the presence of the holy and sacred God and change clothes before seeing the people. They will not shave their heads nor grow long hair. Men should not have long hair. God distinguishes men from women, a discernable distinction. The priests shall be “polled” or have haircuts.
God is setting the stage that priests have to live by certain standards. No priest shall drink wine when they serve the Lord. There is a difference between that which is holy and that which is not. These priests shall have wives, but no divorced or widowed woman — setting a higher standard for a priest. Those who the Lord gives much, much is required. They can marry a virgin of the house of David or the widow of a priest. There is a standard for that which is holy and sacred.
The priests of the new temple who serve will teach the people of God the difference between the holy and profane, the clean and the unclean.
Holy – “codesh” means “holy,” that which is set apart, cleansed, separated for, and dedicated to God and His service.
Secular – not pertaining directly to God.
Profane – the opposite of holy, polluted, dirty, stained permanently.
Priests are to be holy servants of God, men of holiness and they are going to teach the difference of holy and profane — something we’ve lost in church teachings today. It is why we are not blessed.
What is sacred:
- God is holy – treat God as sacred, recognizing the holiness and majesty of God.
- God’s Word is sacred – God’s Word is holy and sacred.
- Prayer is sacred – pray anytime, anywhere. Respect the prayer and prayer of others.
- Marriage is sacred – God set forth a specific standard for marriage.
- Life is sacred – There are people that do not value life. We are far too anxious to get rid of life.
- Worship is sacred – When we come to worship God we recognize His holiness. We can come directly to God to worship.
Today, we mix profane and holiness. Revival starts when believers confirm sin. Certain things are eternal, others are temporary. Don’t waste time on temporary things. Priests will teach the difference. We need to see in our own lives that which is holy and profane. Ask God to help you know the difference.
Things That Are Sacred sermon starts with verses from Ezekiel 44:1-23:
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.
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