When the Lord (or his angel) brought Ezekiel into the priests’ holy chambers (Ezekiel 46:19) and showed him the place where the priests boiled the guilt and sin offerings and baked the grain offerings, the Lord told Ezekiel that the reason these offerings were prepared in these chambers was so that the priests would not bring these offerings into the outer court and thereby “transmit holiness to the people” (Ezekiel 46:20). Why would it be wrong for the people to have holiness transmitted to them? After all, The Mosaic Law instructed the people “You shall be holy for I am holy.” (Lev 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7)
There is a correct time and place for everything the Lord instructs. Under the Law, the priests were not to transmit the holiness surrounding the sacrifice to those who were not priests. Thus, the people would understand that God had specifically designated the priests to be their intercessors and spiritual leaders when it came to dealing with sin.
Enter Jesus and His sufficient grace! The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that unlike the priests who died, Jesus continues forever and holds His priesthood permanently; and that He does not need to offer daily sacrifices for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself (Heb 7:23-27). What’s more, the Apostle Peter tells us that we are God’s holy priests who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please God because of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5).
Let us praise the Lord for what He has done for us! He is our great High Priest and we are part of the Royal Priesthood! We are victorious over sin because He took away our sin! He alone gives us eternal life because He is our life!
Thank You Lord Jesus!