It shall be for the priests of the sons of Zadok, who are sanctified, who have kept My charge, who did not go astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray. Ezekiel 48: 11 (NKJV)

Our theme for the year shows us that our prayers to the Lord should reflect a heart that seeks to grow in the grace and knowledge of our “Lord” and “Saviour” Jesus (2 Peter 3:18). Jesus as our “Lord” refers to the truth that He has a kingdom which is eternal, and Jesus as our “Saviour” reflects the fact that there are situations we face in the world for which we will always need His saving help. Indeed, through Jesus, we can depend on the constant protective power of God.

In today’s main text, we see that the sons of Zadok had been sanctified (set apart) and had kept God’s charge, unlike others who had gone astray. We also see that God made specific provisions available to them. This truth is reflected in the New Testament, where we see that we are God’s property (set apart), and that God Himself protects us (Titus 2:14). Despite the challenging circumstances in life, we can be confident when we understand that we are God’s property!

In this modern age, we often make the mistake of thinking that worship services should give us action points and excitement. However, we actually need to understand God’s desires, because worship services are to be centred on God’s desires, and not on the desires of humans. Ultimately, God desires to represent Himself in us and through us, and when His desire becomes our focus, we become fit for His purpose and agenda. This was the case in our main text, because even though there were many Israelites in captivity, this verse only identifies Ezekiel and the Zadok family as those who had kept God’s charge. We are fit for God’s purpose when we cooperate with the open heavens over us and allow the Lord to regulate us.

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