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May We Never Forget

April 25, 2007

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Reading through the Bible again this year has brought a fresh awareness of the difference in relationship between God and His people as pictured in the Old Testament and what we experience today in our walk with Him. Leviticus especially if filled with detailed instructions about not touching the ark, never going into the Holy Place where the presence of God resides, very detailed instructions on what to do and not do in worship. It is easy to forget the world that those first disciples grew up in. Worship in that day meant that something had to die. On a festival day in Jerusalem the air was filled with the bleats and cries of thousands of animals destined for the altar. The smell of burnt flesh that filled the air was only a reminder of the great divide between God and His people. The name of God would never cross the tongue of a devout Jew. Close one on one relationships with God were only for a select few like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or Moses to mention a few.

While I am reading through the Old and New Testament in the program I am using, I find myself longing to get to the Book of Acts. I long to read of those intimate gatherings of Christians who are indwelt by the Spirit of God, who pray to Abba and who are learning to develop that daily walk and talk relationship with Him. I am seeing again the power of the tearing of the Veil in the Temple when He died, and the wondrous door of fellowship that was opened to us through the death of Jesus.

It is easy to take for granted what we have as His children today. Animal sacrifices seem so foreign to us and primitive today. No long journeys to reach the presence of God. We just open our mouths, and sing and worship Him where ever we are. We enjoy immediate access to the God of heaven. How blessed we are. May we never forget!

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” Rev. 1:5b-6.

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2 comments

  1. How can you believe this? Please, I really want to know. You should check out my blog at reconstructionofdisbelief.blogspot.com.


  2. I know this is a pretty old post, but concerning it… Well Amen, I’m looking for pictures of Sacrifices for a presentation making a similar point. But the point also made in this presentation is that WE are the sacrifice in the New Testament age.

    A living sacrifice, Roman 12:1-2, 1 Peter 2:5, amongst others. May WE NEVER, forget that.

    And we’re not talking to military here either, they’re DEAD sacrifices the same as goats, it’s such a misunderstanding in modern “Christianity,” like he needs our help physically fighting!
    John 18:36

    Peter bought two swords so that Jesus could teach him to thrust them away! He wants purer, Spiritual, sacrifices today, may we NEVER fight here on earth, if we do we can’t build his Temple.
    1 Chron. 28:3 (yes, OT, seems backwards logic, but God never changed his mind, only required different things of his people to accomplish it), and again 1 Peter 2:5, and 2 Cor. 6:16. (THOSE ARE THE KEY! OT to NT switch)

    May we put down the Sword and the World for this Little Season. (yep, that includes America)

    Matthew.



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