17 July 2009

Sons of Zadok – 7.17.09

Ezekiel 44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:

Ezekiel 48:11 It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.

Ezekiel 40-48 deals with the glory of the future kingdom that Israel will enjoy once the nation is reborn (chapter 37) and her enemies defeated (chapters 38-39) at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Twice it is repeated that the sons of Zadok will enjoy special blessings and special privileges in that kingdom because they remained faithful to God despite the apostasy and idolatry of the nation.

Zadok was a priest who lived and served during the reigns of David and Solomon. He was of the line of Eleazer, Aaron's son (as opposed to the line of Ithamar; 1 Chronicles 24:3) and became the fulfillment of God's judgment upon the house of Eli (1 Samuel 2:35) at the outset of Solomon's reign over Israel (1 Kings 2:27, 35). As a young man, the Bible says that Zadok was mighty of valor (1 Chronicles 12:28). He remained true to the Lord and the king when others were carried away by the rebellions under Absalom (2 Samuel 15) and Adonijah (1 Kings 1). His progeny served faithfully in Judah's great revival under King Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31). Because of this steadfast commitment, the Lord will richly reward Zadok and his sons when Jesus Christ returns to rule and reign on the earth.

There's an important practical lesson for us to learn from this interesting statement in the book of Ezekiel. Just like Zadok and his sons, we find ourselves in a time when God's people on a massive scale are going astray. Despite the apostasy and the apathy and the ignorance and the lukewarm condition of today's church, God calls on us to stand fast, be faithful, and remain true to the charge He's given us. And there are ETERNAL blessings and privileges that await those who will answer the call.

Allow me to correct a common misconception. The Bible clearly teaches us that (1) all saved people will live forever in heaven (2) and heaven will be a wonderful place (3) where we'll all have a new, glorified body (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:1-3) (4) and will be forever delivered from the very presence of sin.

What the Bible never teaches is that everything will be equal for everybody in heaven. There are rewards God has promised to those who serve Him faithfully! There are crowns to be won; there is gold, silver, and precious stones to be gained; there are positions in Christ's kingdom to be filled. God wouldn't have told us about all those things and held all that out to us if it didn't matter. Fact is, it will matter, and it will matter for all eternity! God will make it worth your while THERE to obey and stand and serve and give Him all you've got while you're HERE.

Now, for the sake of those who would over correct and swerve off into the ditch on the other side of the road, the Bible also never says anything to even indicate that if you don't serve God while you're HERE He'll beat you or send you to purgatory or make you sit in a corner for 1,000 years when you get THERE.

But you might just miss out on some special blessing like the one He has reserved for the sons of Zadok.

1 Corinthians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.


  1. Praise the Lord!!! You don;t hear this taught in many so called fundamental churches today. They teach that everyone will have the same as the next person. And it is simply not TRUE!!! Don't take a chance, you will regret it!

  2. Great Brother David! You always point others toward Christ and encourage to live for THERE instead of HERE. Thanks for your steadfastness!

  3. The greatest glory for the Sons of Zadok comes in the last days, as shown by the vision of Ezekiel. Ezekiel is seeing the glory of that great Temple MADE WITHOUT HANDS, ETERNAL IN THE HEAVENS! And in this great and final oder of God, the highest realm of ministry is reserved for the Sons of Zadok...
    "It shall be for the priests that are sanctified OF THE SONS OF ZADOK: which have kept my charge, which went not asray, as the Levites went astray"
    I am confident that out there in the Cave Adullum, wandering through the wilderness with that little band of 400 men, Zadok could not have fully known what lay ahead for him. All he knew at that time was that this was the will of God for him, here was Gaod's anoint4ed, here was the one who would someday rise to the Throne, and he had to follow this course, live or die, sink or swim. Beloved, God has more planned for you that we can even comprehend at this time. There IS a HIGHER GLORY! Just trust Him and be faithful to the glorious heritage left us by Jesus, the Son of God. In the 44th chapter of Ezekiel we see a vision of the Glory of God filling the House of the Lord. Then God gives instructions concerning the ministry in that NEW Temple, a picture of the Glorious House of God [not made with hands] in the last days. WE ARE THAT TEMPLE. The Sons of Zadok kept the charge of God's sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from God - therefore the Sons of Zadok shall "Come Near TO ME" says the Lord and shall minister "UNTO ME" says the Lord. There is an anointing for some to minister to "the people" but there is a higher calling, the Zadok anointing, where we minister TO GOD. This is what Paul spoke of when he said to pursue "the prize of the HIGH CALLING OF GOD - Paul saw it and desired it. Let us lay aside every sin & weight that keeps us earthbound = so we can RISE HIGHER INTO OUR TRUE HERITAGE IN CHRIST.