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The Unblemished ExampledMarcus Sanders
Ezekiel 44:23 (HCSB) 23 They must teach My people the difference between the holy and the common, and explain to them the difference between the clean and the unclean.
God’s great plan is for the world to know Him. This knowledge is not just head knowledge but more heart living knowledge. In other words our knowledge of God would affect us enough to live our beliefs. Change would be a daily occurrence of becoming more like God. For the leaders in Ezekiel’s time it meant they were to be the unblemished example of God’s word that would teach the people between the holy and the common, the clean and the unclean. In other words, knowledge was more than words it was taught in example. God instructed the priest to be the teaching example of what following God looked like. They were to help the people distinguish between holy and unholy, clean and unclean. In the Great Commission Jesus says go, make disciples, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you… There it is again. We are called to teach what God says and what better way than the heart that lives the example we glean from the knowledge of His Word.
Without realizing it or not, we can use God’s Word as a sword and use it to take a swing to judge others by. We can use it to take a swing to correct but totally miss the concept that I may be guilty of the very same thing. There’s an old line that says, “Do what I say but don’t do what I do.” Honestly, I’m just as guilty; I’ve done that. This is a bad platform to teach from and totally ineffective. God is not looking for people to have Bible knowledge of Him; He’s looking for seekers whose knowledge of the Bible permeates their lives that they become living, teaching examples of the holy. He wants our lives to be unblemished examples of what following God looks like. People are looking for lives that are creditable and consistent with holy living. Matthew 5 says, ”We are the salt of the earth.” Our lives should be attractive enough for others to say, “I want what you have”. This is how we will teach others of what is holy and what is common, what is clean and what is not. The strength of our teaching is found in the unblemished example of a heart that lives the knowledge gleaned from the Word of God.
Father use my life to be an example of knowing You. Grow me to be the unblemished example through a heart-living-knowledge of Your Word