A Place to Worship and Eat with God

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Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 46:1-24.

Ezekiel continues to see the worship life of the new temple. The prince bears an important responsibility in the regular services of the temple; he represents the people before the LORD. In this way, the prince prefigures the work of Jesus Christ, who is a mediator for us before the throne of God. The differences between Ezekiel’s vision and the regulations of the Torah are a reminder that this text, and the entire Old Testament, is looking forward to its fulfillment in Christ. The instructions concerning the prince’s inheritance recall the jubilee regulations from Leviticus 25 and strengthen God’s promise that His people will no longer be scattered. The presence of the temple kitchens is a reminder that God desires to eat with His people, a reality that is fulfilled in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ and the ongoing celebration of His Holy Supper.

“The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

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