Our Reward For Being Faithful - “Come Near To Me To Minister To Me”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me” Ezekiel 44:15 Wouldn’t it be wonderful, and about the best thing that could ever happen to this generation of believers in Christ, if the whole church were to simply, honestly, and profoundly receive and obey our identity as priests unto God, with the understanding of the supreme divine reward and privilege it is when God calls someone to “come near to Me to minister to Me?” Well, this is the truth of Jesus Christ, and of our priesthood through Christ, our

What An Honor Our Priesthood Is!

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The chamber which faces toward the north is for the priests who keep charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who from the sons of Levi come near to the Lord to minister to Him” Ezekiel 40:46 From our past week’s worth of messages about Zadok, I hope you realize now, more than ever, about the tremendously faithful to God, to the covenant, and to the priesthood history of this family of “the sons of Zadok.” Even in this latest falling away from God, from the people and the priesthood of Israel, which Ezekiel wrote about, hundreds of years after the death of Zadok, it was only “the sons of Zadok” who remained faithful to their God, their cove

Zadok - Part 5 - Zadok’s Son Follows His Father’s Example

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘Are not Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? So it shall be that whatever you hear from the King’s house, you shall report to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. Behold their two sons are with them there, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son and Jonathan, Abiathar’s son; and by them you shall send me everything that you hear.’ So Hushai, David’s friend, came into the city” 2 Samuel 15:35-37 By following King David’s word, to return to Jerusalem with the ark of the covenant, Zadok was now in a position to further serve David and help restore the kingdom to him. We continue to see in Zadok’s life that king, covenant, and priesthood came first and were purposef

Zadok - Part 4 - Always Faithful To The Covenant, The King, And The Priesthood

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now behold, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him carrying the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God. The king said to Zadok, ‘Return the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then He will bring me back again and show me both it and His habitation. See, I am going to wait at the fords of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.’ Therefore Zadok and Abiathar returned the ark of God to Jerusalem and remained there” 2 Samuel 15:24-29 Once again we see faithful Zadok being simultaneously faithful to the priesthood, the covenant, and the king - even as we are called, as the body of

Zadok - Part 3 - A Faithful Priest In The Wilderness And In Jerusalem

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people. Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder. Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Seriah was secretary” 2 Samuel 8:15-17 I’ll just say, right off the top, the insight I get about Zadok in this text is this: If you are a faithful priest to your King in the wilderness, as Zadok certainly was, then you will most certainly be blessed to reign with your king in glory as a faithful priest. Beloved, be faithful in the wilderness and God will most surely bless you to be fa

Zadok - Part 2 - Bringing The Ark Of God “To The Place That I Have Prepared For It”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and said to them, ‘You are the heads of the father’s households of the Levites; consecrate yourselves both you and your relatives, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place that I have prepared for it’” 1 Chronicles 15:11-12 The next time Zadok appears in scripture is here, when now ruling king David was preparing to bring the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. And who did the king entrust this awesome privilege and responsibility to? It was Zadok and Abiathar, the faithful priests most loyal to God’s anointed king and covenant. Zadok was David’s most faithful and trus

Zadok - Part 1 - Always Loyal To God’s Anointed King And Priesthood

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me” Ezekiel 44:15 From this portion of Ezekiel, it appears that the only priestly family from the entire Levitical priesthood, who remained loyal to God, when “the sons of Israel went astray from Me,” was “the sons of Zadok.” This is not surprising to me, for when we trace the roots of this family back to Zadok himself, what we see is a never failing testimony of one man’s utterly loyal faithfulness to God’s anointed king and priesthood throughout his life. Zad

Speaking To Me From The House

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. Then I heard one speaking to me from the house” Ezekiel 43:5-6 Here is yet another great and awesome reason for all true Christians everywhere to embrace and realize their own priesthood to God - because God speaks “from the house.” If we truly desire to hear our God, then there is no better thing for us to do than to occupy our priesthood in His presence, being as near to our Lord, our Good Shepherd, as possible so that we, His sheep, may indeed hear His voice. Our Lord Jesus has declared this to us, saying “My sheep hear My voice, and I

The Glory Of The Lord Filled The House

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house” Ezekiel 43:5 What a beautiful progression the Holy Spirit unfolds for us through Ezekiel’s words here. Ezekiel, himself, was a priest of God, who subsequently received a prophetic call from God. So Ezekiel, in many ways, was the perfect prophet and spokesperson for God, to call God’s people towards a truly holy inner court priesthood unto the Lord. Step one in this passage is “The Spirit lifted me.” Step two is “and brought me into the inner court.” Step three is “and behold, the glory of the Lord.” Which brings us to step four, “the glor

The Spirit Lifted Me Up And Brought Me Into The Inner Court

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house” Ezekiel 43:5 What the prophet Ezekiel was blessed to experience, in his great vision of a restored temple and a holy priesthood to God, which fills the last eight chapters of his book, you and I are blessed to experience every single day in our priesthood to God! The Holy Spirit of God lifts us up and brings us into the inner court, the inner room within us, where we are privileged and blessed to minister to our Lord in His presence. The apostle Paul wrote to the church of the Galatians that “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into

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