Jeremiah 14:11-16:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13; Psalm 80:1-19; Proverbs 25:1-5
Thank God for His grace and mercy! People often misjudge God because they see Him in the Old Testament bringing judgment on people. God is Holy and thus, He cannot tolerate any sin. This was the reason that Adam and Eve had to leave the garden. His holiness cannot accommodate sin. Sin pollutes.
In order for sinful humanity to get back to God, a price (judgment) had to be paid to satisfy humanity’s sin debt. Humans tried to correct their deficiencies, but it was still not good enough to get us back to God. At our best, we still were not sinless enough to get back to God. Because God wanted to be in relationship with us, He realized that He had to pay our sin debt.
Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the righteous requirements of the law. With this debt being paid, now we can approach God and be in relationship with Him. All of the things that Israel had to fear from God’s judgment, we no longer need to be concerned about, because all of our sins (past, present and future) have been settled. How powerful Jesus’ sacrifice was that it could handle all sin. Jesus’ Blood never loses its power!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Jeremiah 16:16-18:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3; Psalm 81:1-16; Proverbs 25:6-8