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THE ZADOK PRIESTHOOD
What Can We Take From This Sobering Study?
Ezekiel 44:10-13. “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. 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. 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 (taken an oath)
against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity.”
Restored to limited use among the people of God
“And they shall not come near me, to do the office of a priest
unto me, nor come near any of my holy things in the most holy place:
but they shall bear their shame and their abominations which they
Their service was restricted to slaying of animals and assisting
the priests. These Levites were restored but only in a limited capacity.
They could serve in the outer court. But because of their sin they
forfeited their right to come into the Holy place. When Esau sold
his birthright no amount of weeping could bring it back. We are
not talking about salvation here, but service.
“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person such as Esau,
who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright; for ye know how
that afterward when he would have inherited the blessing, he was
rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought
it carefully with tears.” Esau forfeited his birthright and
nothing could bring that back.
“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.”
They were restricted in their service. But the sons of Zadok who
never went astray had the privilege of ministering to the Lord on
behalf of the people. Only one family in the whole tribe was fit
to come before the Lord to minister unto Him.
“But 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: They shall enter into my sanctuary, and come near to my table,
to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.”
Ezekiel 44:23-24. “And they shall
teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause
them to discern between the unclean and the clean. And in controversy
they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to
We should think carefully about taking the predictions of covenant
breakers seriously. In particular those who claim to have a word
from the Lord for the body of Christ. I refuse to take on board
anything from these types and so should you. Yet there are Christians
who believe that these people have the inside scoop on the future
and everything else. We are too quick to devour books written by
people whose lives are bankrupt. Christian Television continually
promotes these charlatans endorsing them publicly. They in turn
are addicted to having an audience. Go to Google and meet the real
Benny Hinn. In fact anybody you suspect is creaming off millions,
or is a sexual predator because if they are you’ll find them
Under British common law it’s “The Crown verses the
accused”. In the United States its “The People verses
accused”. If these accusations are untrue why don’t
these slandered Religious heavyweights bring libel suits against
their accusers? The answer is obvious; it because they are guilty.
Can a man stand as Christ’s Ambassador, when his life is inconsistent
with the truth he claims to represent?
There are two appointments every man will keep. The first is to
die; and afterwards the judgment. Many pulpits are occupied by those
whose lives are spiritually bankrupt. They fall and keep reinventing
themselves, popping up again with a rejuvenated ministry. Of course
we rejoice when a back-slider returns to the Lord, but does that
qualify them to stand and tell us “Christ is the answer”
when in Christian service they have fallen repeatedly? Haven’t
they destroyed their credibility when their lives like an open book
are there for all to read? If they find that too painful they should
just drop out of public ministry. Often they simply relocate and
start again. It appears a continuing pattern of moral lapses are
no bar to ministry.