Sons of Zadok
“They will teach My people the difference between what is holy and what is not. And they will teach them to know what is unclean and what is clean” (Ezekiel 44.23 NLV).
In Ezekiel chapter 44, God gives Ezekiel some amazing prophecies about a certain group of people called the Sons of Zadok. While the other religious leaders had neglected the Temple of God and/or worshipped false gods with their religious duties, the Sons of Zadok maintained a pure relationship of service to the Lord. Because of their faithfulness, they were the only ones allowed to minister before the Lord at His holy place near His table. This intimacy with the Lord opened their eyes and hearts to the difference between what is holy and what is not, so they could actually teach others how to live in holiness before the Lord. This faithfulness to the Lord stemmed from the original Zadok who didn’t abandon King David, God’s anointed king, when his sons clamored to dethrone him. In fact, Zadok helped carry the Ark of the Covenant as David once again found himself wandering the wilderness, wondering if God was going to allow his kingship to end (2 Samuel 15.24). As Christians, we must endeavor to be like the Sons of Zadok. When the entire world neglects the Temple and dwelling place of God (our bodies–cumulating to the Church–are now the temples of God because of Jesus’ accomplished work on the cross), we can remain faithful to cultivating our relationship with God’s Spirit in us personally and collectively as the Body of Christ. As we remain faithful to our relationship to the Lord, He will continue His best work in us. And one day He will set us a part from the crowd, allowing us to minister to Him personally, so we can teach others everything He shares with us during our time at His table.
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons” (1 Corinthians 10.21 NIV).