Jesus said, “which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding
cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go
and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready
wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and
drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?”: added attention to the
master himself, even after having worked for the master all day. “Doth
he thank that servant because he did those things that were commanded
him? I trow not,” He said.

In modern language, “I should say not.” And then He applies it: “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”

The second thing Ezekiel 44 shows is that, while God shouldn’t
have to make a choice, if He has to make a choice, He will put the
priority on ministry to Himself rather than the outer court. He shouldn’t
have to choose. But in this chapter where extremes are drawn, where
God places a priority, He says, “Let it suffice you of your abominations;
keep on in the outer court ministry, you who haven’t been faithful in my
charge; but the faithful ones, you come near to me.” He puts the priority
in this inner court.

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