Read Ezekiel 46
Focus on verse 13-14
Most people that I know have at least a few things they do in a similar fashion each day. For instance; I have a certain routine in the morning when I get ready for each weekday. That routine changes slightly on Saturday and Sunday, but it still includes many of the same events. When I get out of my routine, I forget things and end up missing important steps which results in either being late, or perhaps showing up at my 8:00 AM class half dressed. (and by half dressed I mean I forgot to shave and/or put a tie on)
Routines are typically not a bad thing unless they include harmful habits, in which case they could hopefully be adjusted. In most cases they help us remember to take care of the important details of our lives that we repeat day after day…like personal hygiene habits and such. This is not to suggest that it is not healthy to occasionally break out of our routines, it would seem to me that this is what vacations might be for.
In today’s reading, God describes an important routine that the leaders of Israel are not to neglect when the new temple is rebuilt. It is the routine of the daily burnt offerings, which include one lamb, a sixth of an ephah of grain, and one third of a hin of oil, every day. It was to be a perpetual statute, morning after morning, week after week, month after month, year after year. That would add up to a few sheep over a year. It was a reminder to the people to keep God first.
Since the death and resurrection of Jesus when the temple curtain separating the Holy of Holies from the common court was torn in two – presumably by God Himself – as a sign to us all that Jesus Christ was the last and final sacrifice for sin, we no longer have to slaughter cattle and sheep at the entrance of the temple in order to be in right standing with God. All we have to do is believe and accept that Jesus was that last sacrifice.
It continues to be helpful for us, however, to have as part of our daily routine, a time during which we remind ourselves of what God has done, and connect with God in order to keep our lives in sync with His purpose and direction for us. While we no longer have to slaughter a lamb, there is an element of sacrifice involved in this daily routine. If nothing else it is at least a sacrifice of a short amount of time that we give our undivided attention to God and to listening to Him, so that we give Him an opportunity to communicate with us. One might liken it to a daily spiritual recalibration that keeps us in tune with God and on track with His plan.