Friday, February 23, 2007

Don't Leave the Same Way You Came In

Read: Ezekiel 46:1-24

Ezekiel continues to describe the order of worship for the kingdom temple. The inner eastern gate must be opened only for Sabbaths and new moons (v.1). The prince will enter at this gate and the priests will prepare his offering there (v.2). The prince will both enter and exit by the eastern gate (v.8). Yet, the people approach and depart the temple differently.
“But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.” (v.9).
God forbade the people to leave His house the same way they came in. What a lesson! David rejoiced when he was told, “Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Psalm 122:1). But when he left God’s house, he had changed. “Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good” (Psalm 122:9). His trip to God’s house moved him to seek God’s good.
We are warned against “forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25) but are to come “exhorting one another.” To exhort is to push someone to action. Church services should press us into service for our heavenly sovereign. Are you listening? Do you “behave thyself wisely in the house of God” (1Tim.3:15) so that you can go out by a way other than the one by which you entered? Will you look for God to change you when you go to church this Sunday?
By: David F. Reagan


Maranatha said...

Amen and amen!!! We should all exit church in a better condition than when we went in!

Sis. Julie said...

That is my prayer each time I go to service. I ask the Lord to change me and let me be different by the end of the service than I was at the beginning. God has a message for each of us if we'll only listen to what God has to say and then obey what He tells us to do.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there's been a single service at BG where I haven't been changed. The way it works now, it seems that God gives me what I need to start the week on Sunday, and the two supplementary services reinforce or further the lesson God is teaching.
God's hand is on our pastor and my only regret is that I fall so short of my capacity to serve my church.

The Good Reporters said...


You are so right, God's hand is on our pastor and church. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.