September 19, 2019: SOAP #3577: Ezekiel 47-48; Luke 2 Scripture: Ezekiel (NIV) 47:21 “You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who have settled among you and who have children. You are to consider […]
September 19, 2019: SOAP #3577: Ezekiel 47-48; Luke 2
Scripture: Ezekiel (NIV) 47:21 “You are todistribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 Youare to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who havesettled among you and who have children. You are to consider them asnative-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritanceamong the tribes of Israel. 23 In whatever tribe the alien settles, there youare to give him his inheritance,” declares the Sovereign LORD.
Observation: It isnot clear in my mind as to when the nation of Israel should be divided andassigned as in this chapter. Some thinkthat it happens during the millennial reign of Jesus after His return toearth. However, earlier in this chapterit mentions sacrifices that were nullified by the death and resurrection ofJesus. Whenever, it is clear that God is interestedin the aliens. Those who have settledand now have children are to be treated as citizens. They are to receive an inheritance as acitizen.
Treating them as citizens would mean that they have BOTH the privileges AND theresponsibilities of citizen. They arefree to live as a citizen, but they are responsible to live up to the expectationsof citizens.
Application: The USA has absorbed many aliens from south ofour boarder. These verses give us good Godlycounsel on how to deal with the stranger who moves into our neighborhood orcity. They have great value to God! God paid the same price for their salvationas He did for mine. I need to treat allpeople as having great value to God.
Prayer: HolySpirit, lead me and use me to reach out to the strangers who have moved into myarea. May they come to know you, to loveyou, and to serve you. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!