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Are you an ox or a donkey?

Sometimes animals behave more intelligently than humans.

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:
“Children have I reared and brought up,
but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s crib,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”  (Isaiah 1:2,3)

If you feed an animal he will recognize you as being the source of his food; all of us have received blessings from God but many fail to acknowledge him as the source of those blessings.

But not all animals respond in the same way.  Under the Mosaic law the ox was considered a clean animal.  It was suitable for sacrifice and its flesh could be eaten.  The ox knows it owner.

The donkey was an unclean animal.  It was useful for farmwork and transportation, but it could not be eaten or offered as a sacrifice.  The donkey’s focus was not on the owner himself but on the food he received from his owner. Read the rest of this entry

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Acceptable offerings

Under the Law of Moses the Israelites were required to worship God by offering animal sacrifices.  There were several different kinds of sacrifices required but one thing they all had in common was that the animals had to be free of any defects.  In the time of the prophet Malachi many of the people were dishonoring God by offering imperfect animals.

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear?” says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name.

But you say, “How have we despised your name?” By offering polluted food upon my altar.

But you say, “How have we polluted you?” By saying that the LORD’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil?
Malachi 1:6-8

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Unfaithful priests

The last part of Ezekiel’s prophecy contains a description of the temple that will exist during Christ’s thousand year reign on earth.  The Levites who serve in the temple will be divided into two groups. Read the rest of this entry

Honorable use

Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.
2 Timothy 2:20

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Missed opportunities

Abishai was one of the leaders of David’s army. Second Samuel 23:18,19 says,

Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three. He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three. Read the rest of this entry

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