You know those moments when your child incessantly calls your name over and over and over and over and over and… you know what I’m talking about right?! And it’s in the tone of voice you know its to ask something like, can I wear shorts tomorrow I have PE (no, its February and snowing and I love you too much to have you catch phenomenon). They are upstairs and they KNOW you are in the kitchen just a few steps down but calling your name on repeat for 10 minutes seems like the better choice then to walk the ten steps to meet you face to face. So in your tough loving parent heart you are set in teaching them a lesson in pro-activity and decide that you can hold out longer and eventually if it’s important enough they will come to you rather than you giving in to having a shouting conversation across the house (after all you are making THEIR dinner right?!) Luckly, just before parent guilt sets in and you go to them they saunter on down to find you and you engage in normal conversation and lo and behold they even offer to help with dinner!! Praise the Lord! The distance between us got me thinking as I read Lev. 16:2 The Lord said to Moses: Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die…
The curtain separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place yet in Matt. 27:51 (When Jesus was crucified) At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
“The Septuagint (the pre-Christian Greek translation of the OT) the word for “atonement cover” is the same one used of Christ and translated “sacrifice of atonement”.” -Romans 3:23-25 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. WOW! The tearing of the curtain signifies that Jesus made it possible for all people to enter into His presence!! Romans 3:25 speaks of a sacrifice that turns away the righteous wrath of God and with out it we are all justly condemned in our sin to suffer eternal punishment. BUT there is saving faith that looks to Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross on which His blood was shed for all! John 3:16 for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever would believe in Him would have eternal life. That promise is for ANYONE who would believe!!! Lev. 17:11, and twice in verse 14 says that the life is in the blood! 1 John 2:1-2 Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. Jesus came to give us life abundantly (John 10:10) and He did it through the shedding of His life giving blood for us, that we might believe on Him and live, truly live! He did this because He is love. 1 John 4:8 God is love.
He loves you with a jealous kind of love wanting only the very best for you. Lev. 18:3-4 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God. Just like we long for our children to draw near to us in heart, in open communication and we lay down tough love and laws at times for one reason only, because we want only the very best for them and we see potential they themselves may not even see yet. We believe in who we know God made them to be and we would lay down our lives to make sure they have every opportunity to fulfill all God has created them for… how much more our heavenly Father for all of us, His children Who loves beyond what human love can even comprehend?!
“God doesn’t love us because of who we are. God loves us because of who He is. When we succeed, God says, “I love you.” When we fail, God says, “I love you.” When we have faith, God says, “I love you.” When we doubt, God says, “I love you.” Love is His answer to everything. Why? Because He is love. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you any more or any less. God loves you perfectly. He loves you eternally.” Exert from Mark Batterson’s book Whisper.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
What better day than today (Valentines Day) to draw near to Jesus and allow Him to come into your heart and lavish no greater love on you now and forever!
Independent Read: Numbers 6:24