Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Unclean, Unclean

Focus verses: Numbers 19:1-10

Today's reading is full of the details of purification. There are prescribed offerings for different types of uncleanness. And there are prescribed offerings for the person who is too poor to offer the prescribe offering.

It gets complicated.

Jesus simplified this for us. We can approach the throne of the Father simply by using His name. He is the offering once for all. His death on the cross atoned for our sins and uncleannesses. His blood was shed to wash us clean.

Does this mean that we can do whatever we like and still be clean, pure enough to approach the throne of God? Indeed not!

It means that we come humbly, reverently, aware of our inadequacy. It means that we work to avoid uncleanness because we love God and are fearful of grieving His Holy Spirit.

It means that we have been blessed beyond all measure. Not because we are worthy, but because He is worthy.

Father, God,

Let us approach You in all humility of spirit. Keep us from ever taking the sacrifice of Jesus for granted and save us from the arrogance of presumption.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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