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Accumulated Sins

Accumulated Sins

12 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 11-14; Hebrews 9

Scripture:

Only the high priest entered the smaller, inside tent, and then only once a year, offering a blood sacrifice for his own sins and the people’s accumulated sins. (Hebrews 9:7 MSG)

In this section of the Hebrews letter, the emphasis is on comparing and contrasting the Old Contract God established with the nation of Israel through Moses and the New Contract God established through Jesus Christ with all who will believe, receive, and respond.

In the terms of the Old Contract, the Jewish high priest went into the Holiest Place only once a year, on Pay-up Day, and offered the blood of an innocent sacrifice lamb to pay for his sins and the sins of the people. The sins of the people accumulated for a year.

When Jesus went into the real Holiest Place and offered his own innocent blood one-time for all-time for all sins, it’s all done. No more waiting all year for the one Pay-up Day so that an innocent sacrifice can pay for the accumulated sins of guilty people.

The key thought for me today is “accumulated sins.” If my sins accumulate, it’s entirely because I allow them to accumulate. At the moment I acknowledge my sin – my sins – and turn from them, I can receive immediate cleansing, forgiveness, a fully fresh start. If I allow my sins to put distance between God and me – I know sin separates – it’s simply because I don’t choose to “16 …walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” (Hebrews 4:16 MSG)

Sin doesn’t have to accumulate any more. Unless I am too proud or self-righteous to acknowledge my sins, or unless I prefer to continue in my sins, my sins don’t have to accumulate at all. It’s up to me to simply respond and receive what it was up to him to provide, one-time for all time. No more accumulated sins! His provision! My choice! Amazing Grace!

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for loving me so much that you devised a plan – made a way so that my sins don’t have to accumulate. I gladly and gratefully receive what you so graciously have given. May others hear this great good news from me and see its good fruit in me. Thanks.

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