Ezekiel 44:9 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.
There’s a right and a wrong way to do things. Even if doing it wrong seems to get it done, that still doesn’t make it right. Back when I worked on a shipping and receiving dock, I was one of only two men on our shift that could operate a slip-sheet forklift. What this machine would do is it would clamp down on the edge of a piece of cardboard that was under the product, slide it off the skid onto a large metal plate on the front of the machine. We’d then drive it into the trailer and slide it off on the floor, or on top of another stack of boxes pre-loaded. We asked the people who set the orders on the floor, please put two slip sheets under each stack. One guy though, that’s a waste of slip sheets, I’ll save the company money by only using one. The problem is, when you only use one, they often tear coming off the pallet and product is then damaged. At minimum it took us twice as long to remove carefully each stack to load the truck. Although what the man was doing seemed right at the time, he didn’t understand the entire process. It ended up costing the company money, not saving it.
Likewise, God knows what’s right. In today’s verse, the people of Israel had let foreigners do the temple work. Though the work was getting done, it wasn’t the way God intended. He wanted His temple to be different from other religions and false gods. So He said no more. These people are not to do that work any longer. God’s way is right.
There’s a right way to live, God’s way. There’s also a wrong way, that never ends well. Proverbs 16:25 says; “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Find God’s Wisdom in God’s Word and Live God’s Way.
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