April 12, 2018 | by: Michael Shafran | 0 comments
Drawing near to God: TBR: April 12: Lev 16; Psalm 19
Is there a wrong way to try to draw near to God? In Leviticus 16 we read the first instructions and reason for the day of atonement. The first day of atonement was because of the false worship and teaching of Nadab and Abihu (Aaron’s sons). They sought to draw near to God in the holy of holies but in an unholy way. Thus, they died. They went boldly, in their own way. Therefore, God was saying to them, you cannot draw near to me anyway you want. There is a specific way that you may come to my presence - and He gives the instructions in ch. 16. But all this could not be a final and complete atonement (covering) of sin. It would have to be repeated each year…. until Jesus came. We read of the great fulfillment of this in Hebrews 9:6-14 which are so excited I am going to quote below. Today you can “draw near to God” not because of what you have done but because of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. As they hymn writer says, “nothing in my hand I bring; simply to thy cross I cling.” The good news is, we can draw near to God because of Jesus. May the Lord be with you today!
Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation. But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb 9:6-14 NASB)
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