Jesus, Our Liege Lord

by Ted Kyle

"And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession" (Ezek. 44:28).

In the Middle Ages, the age of feudalism, the barons and lesser nobility, the owners of great tracts of land, also held complete authority over the common people who worked their land. These acknowledged their master as their liege lord - one to whom they owed allegiance and service. And long before this, in ancient Palestine and all the nations surrounding it, conquered kings were made to sit at - or under! - their conqueror's table, literally eating their daily bread in recognition that they were totally dependent upon their liege lord.

In our text, God speaks through the prophet Ezekiel to remind the Hebrew priests that God Himself was their provider. They were different from other men; they were not their own. And this ought to strike a familiar chord for Christians. For we, too, are priests as well as kings (1 Pet. 2:9), and we likewise are not our own, as Paul solemnly adjures us: "...Ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a price" (1 Cor. 6:19, 20)..