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Messages by Arthur Katz
We had prayer meetings
for ten years in the first Ben Israel community, and there were occasions
when those meetings were agonizing and painful. We sat and looked
at each other in a room face-to-face in silence. Everything was itching
for something to be said. Nobody had a prayer, nobody had a word,
nobody had a thought and we waited and we waited and we waited. Our
ears are voluptuous. Sound and sight are sensual things. They are
the senses, and our senses want to be gratified with something to
hear, something to see, something to speak or something to do. Silence
is death to the senses and asserts the primacy of the rule of God
over our senses that want to have an independent existence from Him.
Waiting is a form of dying, and we could have alleviated that because
we were clever enough. We could have said something or broken into
a chorus. It was a suffering until someone finally prayed something
or said something, but the sessions that began in that kind of painful
death frequently, if not invariably, ended in glory.
Priesthood Made Ready For The Future
I have heard estimable
men of God say, ‘No there cannot be another temple, there cannot be
a resumption of sacrifice’, because they hold so jealously the sacrifice
of Jesus as the Lamb of God. But they are forgetting that in the same
way that previous sacrifice pointed to that once and for all, resumed
sacrifice can point back to the once and for all as a memorial and
as a reminder. It will detract nothing from the efficacy of that sacrifice
but rather enhance it.
This means that there
has to be a priesthood that performs it. I am therefore directing
your attention to Ezekiel chapter 44 and to the last chapters of the
great prophet. Ezekiel is a prophet of judgment and of restoration,
like Jeremiah and Isaiah – those prophets that did not withhold themselves
from bringing the oracle of God that spoke of a future judgment of
such severity of expulsion and exile are exactly the same prophets
to whom the privilege is given to speak of restoration and return.
If you withhold yourself from the one, you will be denied the privilege
of the other. If you do not want to speak of hard things, you will
not be able to speak of glorious things.
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