Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Psalm 81.1-7, Exodus 15.19-16.12, Hebrews 10.1-18 - Lectionary for 4/26/11

Today's readings are Psalm 81.1-7, Exodus 15.19-16.12, and Hebrews 10.1-18.

The people of Israel walked through the desert, facing challenge after challenge. Were they delivered from their captivity and bondage in Egypt? Yes, they were. But they still had the fruit of sin to deal with. They still had a life in a sin-cursed world. They were still looking for their deliverance to be complete. Even the offerings they made were insufficient. They could deal with sin through the sacrificial system, but the forgiveness was not permanent. It was substitutionary in nature, but though the sacrificial animals were unblemished, they were not of the same type as the humans who sinned.

Only in the work of Jesus do we find a sacrifice sufficient for the weight of our sin. It is only in Jesus, making his single offering, that we can be perfected permanently. Therefore we look to Jesus as we walk through the sufferings of this world. Our deliverance is complete, but we have not received it in full, as we have not been through the resurrection yet ourselves. This is the living hope we have. Jesus is risen from the dead. We also shall rise.

Dave Spotts
blogging at http://capnsaltyslongvoyage.blogspot.com

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