Thursday, February 5, 2009

Law and Grace

Focus verses: Numbers 9:1-12

The rules and regulations, the details and nuances of the temple and sacrifices have consumed the book of Leviticus. The Israelites are well aware of the penalties and ramifications of ignoring God's laws and ordinances.

The celebration and offerings of the Passover are the most important commemoration of the Jewish year. But sometimes circumstances intervene with participation. And the people went to Moses with a query because they didn't want to miss Passover, nor did they want to risk offering unworthily.

God provided an alternate date - the following month - so that they could celebrate Passover worthily. God is a god of grace as well as of detail and regulations.

How often do we remember that God's grace is an answer to our frailties? We are dependent and weak. We have limitations that God does not have. So he has provided allowances for us. The most important of which is Jesus, our intercessor, our high priest, our Redeemer.

Without Jesus there is no hope. He is the way, the truth and the life. But we don't have to do without Him. He is available if we simply accept His invitation to believe in Him.

Father, God,

Thank You for paying attention to the details and granting us grace for special circumstances. Thank You most of all for Jesus, the Word incarnate.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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