As I sit here slowly chomping down on the little gummy balls of tapioca in my boba tea, I’m finding it just as enjoyable and challenging to attempt to digest this interesting discussion on “the man of lawlessness”.?
Great post and comments.
This has been a sibject of major interet to me for a while.
I even got out my notes!
When Ezekiel inspected the temple Jehovah took him around to show him all the things his people were doing.
Here is what he saw in chapter8
7 Then he brought me to the entrance of the courtyard, and when I looked, I saw a hole in the wall. 8 He said to me: “Son of man, please bore through the wall.” So I bored through the wall, and I saw an entryway. 9 He said to me: “Go in and see the evil, detestable things that they are doing here.” 10 So I went in and looked, and I saw all sorts of images of creeping things and loathsome beasts+ and all the disgusting idols* of the house of Israel;+ they were carved on the wall all around. 11 And 70 of the elders of the house of Israel were standing before them, with Ja·az·a·ni′ah the son of Sha′phan+ standing among them. Each one had his censer in his hand, and the perfumed cloud of incense was ascending.+ 12 He said to me: “Son of man, do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each one in the inner rooms where his idols are displayed?* For they are saying, ‘Jehovah is not seeing us. Jehovah has left the land.’”+
Notice two things.
He had to bore out a hole to see it so it took special insight and effort to realize what was going on.
Jehovah made a point to ask him basically ‘Are you seeing this?’
Not everybody was.
Later in Ezekiel 44:10-14…..
10 “‘But the Levites who strayed far from me+ when Israel strayed from me to follow their disgusting idols* will bear the consequences of their error. 11 And they will become ministers in my sanctuary to oversee the gates of the temple+ and to minister at the temple. They will slaughter the whole burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they will stand before the people to minister to them. 12 Because they ministered to them before their disgusting idols and became a stumbling block causing the house of Israel to sin,+ that is why I have raised my hand against them in an oath,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, ‘and they will bear the consequences of their error. 13 They will not approach me to serve as my priests or approach any of my holy or most holy things, and they will bear their shame because of the detestable things that they did. 14 But I will make them caretakers of the responsibilities of the temple, to take care of its service and all the things that should be done in it.’+
Key points I see are that the Levites (anointed) strayed and became a stumbling block and because of this they were demoted!!
Vs. 13 They are no longer allowed to serve in the most holy. Only Aaronic Levites (or anointed ones) can serve in the most holy. They become only caretakers of temple, which is the lot of non Aaronic Levites.
Malach 3:1-5 bears on the Sons of Levi too.
“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will clear up* a way before me.+ And suddenly the true Lord, whom you are seeking, will come to his temple;+ and the messenger of the covenant will come, in whom you take delight. Look! He will certainly come,” says Jehovah of armies.
2 “But who will endure the day of his coming, and who will be able to stand when he appears? For he will be like the fire of a refiner and like the lye*+ of laundrymen. 3 And he will sit as a refiner and cleanser of silver+ and will cleanse the sons of Le′vi; and he will clarify* them like gold and like silver, and they will certainly become to Jehovah people presenting a gift offering in righteousness. 4 And the gift offering of Judah and of Jerusalem will actually be pleasing* to Jehovah, as in the days of long ago and as in the years of antiquity.+
5 “I will come near to you for judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers,+ against the adulterers, against those who take false oaths,+ against those who defraud the hired worker,+ the widow, and the fatherless child,*+ and against those who refuse to help* the foreigner.+ These have not feared me,” says Jehovah of armies.
Well, that’s more to chew than a glass of boba tea so I’ll leave it there.
All my boba’s gone anyway!?
I’ll be interested to get anyone’s opininion.