As Sheep Having No Shepherd

The title of this post comes from the words found in today’s scripture of the day in MyDailyBible app.

Matthew 9:35-38 KJV
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
https://tbibl.es/9b4u

After reading those verses I prayed, “Lord please bring up more that will speak and teach Your Holy Word in it’s Righteousness and in Truth. Father I ask you to expose the Abiathar’s and Balaam’s of this day so that they can be seen for what they truly are.

Jesus saw too well through the sham religiousness of many of the scribes and Pharisees of His time. Having the attributes of God in the disguise of a humanly body, (He was 100% God while being 100% human) gave Jesus a GREAT advantage over the deceitfulness of ordinary men. Jesus knew their thoughts and motivation of their actions probably better than those He interacted with. Have you ever thought about the omniscience of God? Nothing goes unnoticed by Him.

Jesus was always ready for the traps the Pharisees tried to set for Him and He openly called them sons of the devil and hypocrites. Jesus being God in the flesh meant that He personally dealt with Balaam and Abiathar and many more of their sort. I guess as Providence would have it the Torah Portions I started listening to yesterday for this week brought up the Bible scriptures concerning the Honorable Servants of God who did speak and teach the Word of God in Righteousness and Truth.

https://www.119ministries.com/resources/torah-portion/t20-tetzave/                          Tetzave | תצוה | “You Shall Command”
Torah: Exodus 27:20 – 30:10
Prophets: Ezekiel 43:10-27; 1 Samuel 15:2-34
Brit Hadasha: Mark 4:35 – 5:43; Philippians 4:10-20

In the reading from the prophet Ezekiel, God singles out a certain priest by name, Zadok. Zadok and Abiathar served as high priests in the time of king David’s reign. As it turns out, Zadok remained faithful to David throughout his life but Abiathar deserted David when he thought it would serve him better. God’s words to Ezekiel say this,

Ezekiel 43:18-19 And he said to me, “Son of man, thus says the Lord YHWH: These are the ordinances for the altar: On the day when it is erected for offering burnt offerings upon it and for throwing blood against it, 19 you shall give to the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok, who draw near to me to minister to me, declares the Lord YHWH, a bull from the herd for a sin offering.

The key words of this verse is that the sons of Zadok, those who serve God as he did, “draw near to me to minister to me.”

Later in Ezekiel chapter 44, God speaks to Ezekiel and describes what is to be done with the hypocritical priests that follow in the footsteps of Abiathar. Maybe you’ve wondered why God allows some of the shenanigans that are done behind pulpits “in the name of Jesus.” This may open your understanding of why God allows it.

Ezekiel 44:10-14 “And the Levites who went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity. 11 Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house; they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister to them. 12 Because they ministered to them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have raised My hand in an oath against them,” says the Lord God, “that they shall bear their iniquity. 13 And they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priest, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the Most Holy Place; but they shall bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed. 14 Nevertheless I will make them keep charge of the temple, for all its work, and for all that has to be done in it.

God says these priests minister to “the people” And they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priest, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the Most Holy Place; They have idols in their hearts and lives instead of God so they minister to the peoples idols as well. God allows them to “be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house;”

I believe that as a Christian, if you don’t follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to do or not do certain things and insist on having your own way, God will allow and even accommodate it as these verses states. These priests that God won’t allow near Him or any of His Holy things serve a purpose just as the wicked Pharisees did in Jesus’ day. The hypocrites come to find a place of comfort in their rebellion against God but they are only going through “religious” motions.

While these idol worshipping priests are NOT allow near the Holy things of God, the “Zadok” type of priesthood finds favor and acceptance in the sight of God,

Ezekiel 44:15-16, 23-24, 28 “But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood,” says the Lord God. 16 “They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.

23 “And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. 24 In controversy they shall stand as judges, and judge it according to My judgments. They shall keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed meetings, and they shall hallow My Sabbaths.

28 “It shall be, in regard to their inheritance, that I am their inheritance. You shall give them no possession in Israel, for I am their possession.

The favor, acceptance and audience with God to be able to really “draw near to God” comes at a price of integrity of heart, mind and body. Jesus taught about the trade off of seeking the idols of this life over the desires and will of God for our life. Look with spiritual eyes at what’s upon the scales of the balance. On the left, the whole world. On the Right, God as an inherintance and possession.

Matthew 16:26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

This verse probably applies more to the “shepherds,” those who proclaim and teach God’s Word than it does to the average sheep under their charge. Pray for your pastors and teachers that they would be open to hear and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and would bring fresh manna from God’s Throne of Grace. Words that are from the heart of God for our time and generation. Our ears don’t need to be tickled or our selfish desires stroked. We need to know what God desires of us more than anything in the times we are living in.

38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

MORE sons of Zadok and much less Abiathar’s and Balaams.

 

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