Final sacrifice

Sacrifices of the law – even if we talk about the Day of Atonement which is the highest sacrificial act of the law – do not remove sins but they do remind us of our sin. Hebrews does a great job in nullifying the work of ongoing sacrifices and encourages us to put our hope and trust in the final sacrifice by Jesus Christ.

By believing that a sacrifice needs to be made over and over again pours contempt on the finished work of God when He raised Jesus from the dead and giving Him glory so that our faith and hope might be in Him.

I am not too sure why we like things we can touch and do to earn our way into heaven.  Why would we want to reject Christ’s sacrifice as sufficient for our sins and go back to a way that depends and relies on law for our salvation?  Our hope is in the life, death, resurrection and High Priestly ministry of Jesus.

When Jesus appears for the second time, He will not be coming to take care of sin, He will be coming for those who eagerly wait for Him and to welcome them into His presence for all eternity – that is our blessed hope!

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,”  and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.”  For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.  And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,  “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”  Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. – Hebrews 10:12-18

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Wait expectantly

Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, Seek ye my face; but we must apply it to ourselves, I will seek it. The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God’s time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer. – Matthew Henry

The word most often translated “wait” in the sense of waiting on the Lord is the Hebrew qavah. Qavah means (1) “to bind together” (perhaps by twisting strands as in making a rope), (2) “look patiently,” (3) “tarry or wait,” and (4) “hope, expect, look eagerly.”

The second most frequently used word translated “wait” is yachal. Yachalmeans “to wait,” or “hope, wait expectantly,” and is so translated in our English Bibles. The KJV sometimes translates yachal as “trust” as in Isaiah 51:5, but the NASB has “wait expectantly” and the NIV “wait in hope.”

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope – Psalm 130:5

The act of waiting is an act of trust.  The real art to waiting becomes the ability to stop trusting in anyone or anything and rest in Him alone.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
    for my hope is from him. – Psalm 62:5

If we do not separate ourselves from the things that separate ourselves from God, He sometimes will help us do that.  He does not like to share His glory with something else.

What if my mind is telling me that my hope is only a vain hope – what if I absolutely do not see or feel any possibility at all in my present situation that would expect a special expectation. My spirit responds – it is God getting involved who is the possibility for me to expect great things.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! – Psalm 27:14

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