The Priests of Ezekiel’s Temple and the Feasts
The Priests of Ezekiel’s Temple and the Feasts
Speaker: Reverend Jong Sam Cho
Service: Moriah, Wednesday Service
Date: October 14, 2020
The Feasts observed in Ezekiel’s Temple
The Priests of Ezekiel’s Temple were to keep the laws and the statues that God had commanded in order to observe the feasts. What are the three feasts that must be observed in Ezekiel’s Temple? First, there is the “Feast of the New Year,” the “Passover,” and the “Feast of Booths.”
The Feast of the New Year must be observed
Originally, there were three feasts of Israel which included the “Feast of Unleavened Bread,” “Feast of Weeks,” and the “Feast of Booths,” or (Feast of Ingathering) (Exod 23:14-17). However, in Ezekiel’s Temple the “Feast of Harvest,” is omitted with the “Feast of the New Year,” to be observed (Ezek 45:18-20). To observe the “Feast of the New Year,” emphasizes the importance of the beginning of the New Year in Ezekiel’s Temple. When the people of Israel came out of Egypt to begin the exodus journey God said, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you and it is to be the first month of the year to you” (Exod 12:2). Here, God proclaimed the new year to His people. Therefore in summary, the “Feast of the New Year,” makes known that there will be a new day when God’s people who are in captivity will return to the land of Canaan. Secondly, the “Feast of the New Year” makes known that only those renewed by receiving the forgiveness of sins can enter Ezekiel’s Temple (2 Cor 5:17; Eph 4:23-24).
The “Passover” must be observed
The “Passover” commemorates the liberation of the people of Israel from Egypt. Likewise, the people of Israel will be liberated from Babylon and this is the feast that helps them understand this (Ezek 45:21-22). The “Passover” in the Old Testament consisted of burnt offerings of two bulls, one ram and seven male lambs one year old without defect (Num 28:16-19). However, the burnt offerings that are given in Ezekiel’s Temple are more in terms of quantity that are given (Ezek 45:23). Secondly, the quantities of the “grain offering” that are given on the seven days of the “Passover” are much larger in Ezekiel’s Temple (Num 28:20-21; Ezekiel 45:24). Therefore in summary, the “Passover” makes known that those who are in Babylonian captivity will be liberated and return. Secondly, the “Passover” reveals the abundant grace of the cross of redemption in Ezekiel’s Temple (Eph 1:7). The burnt offerings and grain offerings are offerings that will completely disappear for we ourselves are to be a living sacrifice given to God (Rom 12:1). This demonstrates that the saints that enter and go before the Father must give a whole lot more and even after giving we must be humble and not exalt ourselves. Today, our Father looks to see the worship and the offering of those who are humble and He is pleased with them.
The Feast of Booths must be observed
The “Feast of Booths,” is a feast that is observed on the 15th day of the 7th month. Thus, for seven days they go into the wilderness and set up tents and it is a feast they observe while living in tents (Ezek 45:25; Lev 23:42). Secondly, the Feast of Booths teaches us that we must enter the New Jerusalem which is the eternal tabernacle. (Rev 7:15). The final tabernacle is not that of man but is the tabernacle of God (Rev 21:3-4). When the earthly tent of man breaks down we have a building from God which is the eternal tabernacle (2 Cor 5:1-2). When we go to this eternal tabernacle we will be able to drink from the “springs of the water of life” and God will wipe every tear from our eyes (Rev 7:16-17).
Jesus observed the feasts
Jesus who came to this earth in the form of man from a young age observed the laws and the statues of the feasts. He also went up to the temple as well (Luke 2:41-42). And on the day of Passover, Jesus cleansed the temple (John 2:13-20). Jesus Himself is the true temple and they did not recognize Him for their eyes were dull. Today may we truly understand who Jesus Christ is so that our hearts which are the temple will be able to receive the Lord. Secondly, Jesus went to Jerusalem during the “Feast of Harvest” and on the Sabbath and healed a man. When asked why He would heal on the Sabbath, Jesus said, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working” (John 5:17). Today, those who are suffering both physically and spiritually may we all receive healing through the word of redemptive history. Thirdly Jesus went up secretly to Jerusalem, during the Feast of Booths to teach the Word of the Father to the Jews (John 7:2-16). The Word of redemptive history tells us that we have a mission to proclaim the Word with wisdom to the entire world. Therefore, let us understand the feasts in Ezekiel’s Temple so that we may be able to fulfill the mission of being the priests of Ezekiel’s Temple.
Conclusion: God Himself is the inheritance of the priests. First, God is given to the priests as their possession. In other words, what belongs to God is given to the priests (Ezek 44:28; Deu 18:1). To say that “God is the inheritance of the priests,” is to say that, “what belongs to the priests, God will take accountability for.” For God has made us into the spiritual priests. Secondly, the mission of the priests is to give blessings to the people (Ezek 44:30; Num 6:27). It’s not that the priests are giving blessings; it is God who gives the blessing through the priests. Today in the church, Pastors have the ability to give blessings; thus when they bless the congregation, the almighty Father God will give His blessings to the saints. Therefore, in the midst of worship service the most important part of worship is the benediction (Rom 15:29). In Ezekiel’s Temple, feasts and the Sabbath and the day of the New Moon and the laws and the statues that God has commanded; we are to observe these things until the day we enter heaven. May the blessings of God rest upon all of us continually so that we may be able to give that blessing to others as spiritual priest s of Ezekiel’s Temple.