Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 45:13-46:24 (additional reading: Psalm 119:33-48 & Proverbs 28:11)
In the book of Numbers chapter 26:52-59 Jehovah Nissi – The Lord our Banner – had set aside land in an orderly manner by lot for each tribe. Now I like this verse in Proverbs 16, ‘33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.’ There was no suspense on who got what land. Our Lord knows all. Yet the original deployment never was fully completed because of the people’s failure to take all the land the Lord had given them.
In today’s reading directions are here given for the dividing of the land after their return to it; and, God having warranted them to do it, would be an act of faith, and not folly, even to divide it before they had it – this is faith in practise – see what is not, as if it were. And it would be welcome news to the captives to hear that they should not only return to their own land, but that, whereas they were now but few in number, they should increase and multiply, so as to replenish it.
The first land assignment is about the Lord’s house. This is as it should be because the land allocated must be the first in the people’s hearts, thoughts, and minds. The Lord must be the centre of all. He must be the first priority. You know where I am going with this point and that is, ‘in what priority have you placed the Lord in your life?’
The next allocation of land would go to the Levites who serve in the Lord’s house. It is proper because they need to be nearby in order to go to the Temple to serve. The ‘living quarters’ refers to housing sections. It is what we would today call housing developments.
We see next listed is the city itself. Don’t forget there will be travellers coming to Jerusalem from all over the world. They will have to find somewhere to stay, eat, purchase items [especially for their sacrifices – that is why our Lord is going to mention in a few verses that He will make sure people won’t get swindled like they use to in the past.
What can we learn from these plans? Well, God makes his plans complete. Just like the plans for the city we should give priority to the things of God. Only after this can we start to arrange the other things in our life. But once again God’s plans are complete, and we need to arrange the other part of our life too, even dealing with the temporary things ‘travellers to the city’. God gives us a great blueprint for our lives, but how much attention are we paying to it.