The Roar

Have you acknowledged your need for mercy? Although we think of the ark as one item. Scripture speaks of it as two separate items. It is the Ark and yet it is also the mercy seat. Which means a place of covering, as it is the place our sin is covered. This word even gives us Kippur, as in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The most holy day in Israel when the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle blood to cover the sin of the people at the mercy seat. (Leviticus 16:11-14) 

Nothing is taught more clearly through the Tabernacle than God’s holiness. Because God is holy, all sin is an atrocious offense to Him. Don’t waste your time trying to categorize or rank and file sin. In Isaiah God says Here I am, I reached out to a rebellious people, following their own devices, a people who provoke Him. (Isaiah 65:1-4) Isaiah 65:5~Yet they say to each other, ‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me! I am holier than you!’ These people are a stench in my nostrils, an acrid smell that never goes away. (NLT) 

That is why Paul says his own righteousness is filthy rags, compared to Christ. (Romans 3:10) Isaiah 64:6~We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (NIV) Therefore, God’s holiness and justice prover itself over and over again. (Isaiah 5:16) Demanding that sin be fully punished. However, because of God’s fathomless love. He provided a way to justify us though we are sin-cursed and fallen by making provision for forgiveness in Jesus. 

The apostle John wrote in his first epistle that we might not sin. 1 John 2:1-2~My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (NIV) Therefore, since the innocent sacrifice for our sin has been made. God can show mercy to us that in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21~God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (NIV)

I believe that all too often we fail to grasp what Jesus has done for us. Our very nature is to be children of wrath. (Ephesians 2:3) However, because God is rich in mercy, Ephesians 2:4-5~But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. (NIV) 

So, let me ask you, has Christ cleared your sin debt? I am not just talking about a sinner’s prayer. We all owe God a debt from our daily lives, our words, actions, and deeds. Some of us have killed Uriah to cover up a transgression, like David in 2 Samuel 11-12. Some have hidden things in their lives like Achan in Joshua 7. Some have defrauded others, like Zacchaeus in Luke 19. Still, others have plain old homemade sin. Have you placed your whole life, under the blood of Jesus, for Him to clear your sin debt? Before you head out into the wide world about your life, don’t waist another moment. Let Jesus be your righteous sacrifice, let Jesus be your righteous reward, and you be His hands and feet.

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