Honor and faithfulness rewarded…

Ezekiel 48:

1 “Now these are the names of the tribes: From the northern border along the road to Hethlon at the entrance of Hamath, to Hazar Enan, the border of Damascus northward, in the direction of Hamath, there shall be one section for Dan from its east to its west side; 2 by the border of Dan, from the east side to the west, one section for Asher; 3 by the border of Asher, from the east side to the west, one section for Naphtali; 4 by the border of Naphtali, from the east side to the west, one section for Manasseh; 5 by the border of Manasseh, from the east side to the west, one section for Ephraim; 6 by the border of Ephraim, from the east side to the west, one section for Reuben; 7 by the border of Reuben, from the east side to the west, one section for Judah; 8 by the border of Judah, from the east side to the west, shall be the district which you shall set apart, twenty-five thousand cubits in width, and in length the same as one of the other portions, from the east side to the west, with the sanctuary in the center.

9 “The district that you shall set apart for the LORD shall be twenty-five thousand cubits in length and ten thousand in width. 10 To these—to the priests—the holy district shall belong: on the north twenty-five thousand cubits in length, on the west ten thousand in width, on the east ten thousand in width, and on the south twenty-five thousand in length. The sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the center. 11 It shall be for the priests of the sons of Zadok, who are sanctified, who have kept My charge, who did not go astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray. 12 And this district of land that is set apart shall be to them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.

Pasted from <http://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/printerFriendly.cfm?b=Eze&c=48&v=1&t=NKJVP>

This is a listing of the tribes of Israel and their portion of the promised land.  In the listing is included the portion of land set aside for the temple.  Of that portion there is a special gift given to the priests who remained true to the Lord.  Their portion is called most holy. Faithfulness is of value to the Lord and He rewards it.  Another view of this could be that, of the total, a percentage is given back to the Lord.

He has made it clear how important honor is to Him, how important faithfulness is to Him.  If you love someone and want to please them, it is good to find out what they appreciate and give that or be that to them.  We can return to the Lord for what He has done for us, out of our love and gratitude to Him, the gifts of faithfulness and honor.  We do it out of love not out of gain.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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