EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭62‬-‭63‬ ‭‬‬

“They searched for their names in the genealogical records, but they were not found, so they were disqualified from serving as priests. The governor told them not to eat the priests’ share of food from the sacrifices until a priest could consult the Lord about the matter by using the Urim and Thummim—the sacred lots.”

Ezra‬ ‭2‬:‭62‬-‭63‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This passage contains the account of several families who came by faith to serve God. When they did this, they actually became excluded from temple service. This isn’t because they didn’t want to serve or because they lacked a willing heart. Instead, because they had a willing heart, they were allowed to be a part of the Jewish reformation without the responsibilities involved in being a priest. Nehemiah outlines for us that all the members of the culture had a profound role to play. It wasn’t just the priests. It is telling that they weren’t simply discarded but instead their names were recorded for all of history as people who came by faith, who diligently searched God’s revelation and record, and participated in his blessings, despite their intentions. When we follow by faith, we must acclimate to whatever God has in store for us. He is always faithful to those who pursue him in this way.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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