Meditation for Preparation: February 25
Posted by: Zach Mullis
1 Samuel 4:12-22 --"A Tragic Day in Israel"
As we spend these next few days getting ready to contemplate a tragic moment in the history of God's people, I want us to remember the Gospel well. Here's a couple of selections from Hebrews that I find particularly encouraging, since they teach us that Jesus has brought us back into the presence of God--into His very throneroom!
Hebrews 9:11-15; 10:19-25 (emphasis added)
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
And then, a little later in 10:19-25, the writer of Hebrews says:
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
May we always be a people who delight in and hunger for God's presence, who would do anything to pursue His presence and would avoid anything which might cause us to lose sight of that presence. That is the essence of the tragedy in Israel in 1 Samuel.
See y'all Sunday!
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- Ongoing-- New Adult Sunday School Bible Study of James at 9:38 a.m in Fellowship Hall
- Ongoing-- Women's Bible Study at 4:00 p.m. (contact KB Thomas, Emillie Mullis, or Catherine Christian for more information)
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