“Come Near To My Table To Minister To Me”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne:

“Come Near To My Table To Minister To Me”

“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. They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge”

Ezekiel 44:15-16

Blessed and beloved priest of God, come near to the table of your Lord today, in the inner court of your inner being, and offer up your praise, which is received as a sweet incense before the Lord your God!

In the Old Testament, under the old covenant, the table of the Lord was in the inner court of the temple, next to the Holy of Holies, and this table was the altar of incense. In Ezekiel’s vision of the temple he wrote concerning the inner court, “The altar was of wood, three cubits high and it’s length two cubits; it’s corners, it’s base and it’s sides were of wood. And he said to me, ‘This is the table that is before the Lord’” (Ezekiel 41:22).

The altar of burnt offerings was different from the altar of incense in both it’s location and purpose.

The altar of burnt offerings was in the outer court, where people came to make atonement for their own sins and to receive cleansing. This is where the outer court priests ministered to people.

“The table that is before the Lord” is the altar of incense (see exodus 30:1-3, 37:25-28) and this was in the inner court, where the favored priests of the Lord were invited to “come near to Me to minister to Me.” This is where the inner court priests ministered to God.

As Christians, we are all called to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ’s atonement, of His offering Himself to atone for our sins, to all people in the outer court of this world and, by and large, most true believers accept this call.