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No remission without His blood

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church about 1 month ago | 898 views Link: https://goo.gl/yiy6Ss

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Exodus 19, Moses records that the people of Israel had come out of bondage in Egypt, had come through the wilderness, and had camped before Mount Sinai.  Moses went up to God and God called to him from the mountain.  He told Moses that if the people would obey Him and keep His covenant, they would be a treasured possession, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.  Moses reported those words to the people and they promised to do all the Lord had spoken.

In Exodus 20, God spoke what we call the Ten Commandments.  The people were fearful, but Moses came near to the thick darkness where God was.  Over the next two or three chapters, God gave further commandments concerning altars, slaves, violence, quarreling, responsibility for property, theft, restitution, Sabbaths, feasts, and other things.

Moses again related God’s words to the people and they promised to do all the Lord commanded.  Moses wrote down the words and built an altar.  Offerings of oxen were sacrificed and blood thrown against the altar.  Again, the people promised to be obedient.

But then, Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”  

It’s wonderful that the people made promises to keep the Lord’s commandments and no doubt they had good intentions to follow through.  But we know their history and their failure to be obedient.  In throwing the blood of the sacrificed animal on the people, Moses made a great point for us.  Despite our good intentions, we fail to live in obedience at all times just as Israel failed.  Good intentions and the sacrifices we make don’t make us right before God.  We need the blood too.

The writer of Hebrews, in chapter 9, tells us that not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. He mentions that Moses declared the words of the Lord to the people and then took the blood and sprinkled the people.  They needed to be covered by blood and so do we.  The writer goes on to say that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

We are only made right with God, justified, by the blood of Christ.  Without that perfect sacrifice, we are still in our sins.  We desire to walk in obedience but are incapable.  Only His blood can remove our sins.  Thank God that our sins were placed upon Him and His righteousness given to us on the basis of His shed blood.  Thank God that we have a new covenant in His blood.  We celebrate that together regularly at the Lord’s Table.  Believer, rejoice today that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin.  There is no remission without His blood, but with it, there is full remission.

Dale

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Mary Leadbetter

Rejoicing! Praise the Lord!

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Donna Dean

Praise God!

Jenifer Farah

I’m so thankful for all that the Lord has done for us to save us from ourselves.  What a Gracious and Merciful God!

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