Today's Daily Devotional come directly from thirty plus years of Dr. David Jones' personal study notes.
God never intended for man to be under the Old Covenant forever and in Proverbs 40:6-8 King David prophesied of Jesus’ coming to do God’s will. God’s will was that man be able to have a personal relationship with Him again as in the days of Adam, not spending all of His days in fear and in sacrifice.
Hebrews 10:8-11, 8 “Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.”
Verse 8 starts out with “Previously saying” and basically repeats the previous verses about how God is not pleased with Sacrifice and offerings for sin. And when asked what these verses truly mean the typical response is that God does not want us to sacrifice animals for our sin any longer, which is true. However, we must remember that God never intended for the Old Covenant to last forever which includes every aspect of the Old Covenant and sacrificing of animals was just a portion of the Law. Verse nine sums up the whole truth of what God did through Jesus on the cross. He has taken away the first covenant and when God removes something He does not want man to bring it back. When it comes to covenants with God, what He establishes He upholds, therefore, for Him to take away the first covenant would have only been for the purpose of establishing a better one. In your mind this makes since and most people will think they understand it, but do you?
The Old Covenant was about keeping the children of Israel conscious of their sins and in constant need for God’s mercy daily. Hebrews 9:9 tells us that even the sacrifices of animals cannot cleans our conscience, but in Hebrews 9:14 we see that Jesus’s sacrifice is not only for forgiveness of our sins, but the cleansing of our conscious. Why would God want our conscious cleansed? Romans 8:5 tells us that is we set our minds on the things of the flesh, we are in the flesh. To be focused on the flesh and the things of this world is to not be focused on God and the things of heaven which is far more important. By establishing a New Covenant where both our sins are forgiven and our conscious is cleansed we can now focus on our personal relationship with God which is why man was created in the first place. This is great news and I believe most Christians reading this would agree with it, however, are you free from being conscious of your sins? Do you feel you can boldly go to God regardless of what you may or may not have done? If you looked at your overall walk as a Christian would you say your focus is on your relationship with Him or your attendance to church and following your denomination’s requirements? These are hard questions to look at and if done so honestly you should see where there needs to be change at least in some areas of your walk. That’s good!
God gave these questions / challenges to me many years ago when I was need deep in religious works and legalism. I was miserable and in all honesty I did not have a relationship with God I was just religious and yet called myself a Christian. I want to add that during those dark legalistic times in my walk as a Christian, I was going to a non-denominational church. Just because you may not be going to a mainstream denomination, chances are you are still being taught some form of man’s doctrines, rules, or often referenced back to the Old Testament to point out faults and needs for change instead of using the Old Testament to point toward what Jesus did on the cross. Let the revelation of your works come to light so God can reveal His revelation of how much He has done for you because of the deep love He has for you. Review the last portion of verse 10 where it tells us that the offering of the body of Jesus Christ was once for all. According to verse 11 even the priests standing daily making offerings and sacrifice repeatedly cannot take away sins, so why hold so tight to laws, rules, judgments, and Old Testament ways of life when you have been given total freedom to lay “all” of that down and have a relationship with God solely on Jesus’ perfect work.
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