Ezekiel 23: 1-49
What a horribly beautiful parable today of the two sisters. It is true that Samaria and Jerusalem used their giftings to worship idols and there by “cheated” on God. The part that stuck with me today is if you turn away from God you are also turning away from His power to save you. (23: 35) We have concluded as we have journeyed through the OT that the Salvation comes from God alone. So, if you are denying God, then you are responsible for the cup of sin fill up over your lifetime. When you die, you will stand before God and give an account for your sin. If you have denied God scripture says that you will then be responsible for your sin and trust me, you have sinned. But if you have thrown your lot in with God and on earth you cried out for Him to save you from your sin, then when you stand before God, Jesus will say, “Hey, they are with me, I drank their cup for them.” Salvation has always come from God. Jesus had not yet be revealed in the OT except through prophecy, but it was always the faith in God that saved.
Hebrews 10: 18-39
Hebrews 10: 19-21 is one of my most favorite concepts in the Bible. Get this, the author of Hebrews has just spent several chapters explaining that the OT system was a shadow of what was actually to come. Now the Jesus has come the NT is in play. Therefore, you know that veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle? Well, yeah, Jesus just tore that veil in half during the crucifixion. You know what the means? When we throw our lot in with Jesus we can walk boldly into the presence of God. We don’t have to worry about being struck down because we are not righteous. We are covered by Jesus’ righteousness, so God welcomes us in. He is not mad at you, He is not holding the cup of wrath, we talked about above, just waiting to shove it down your throat. If we have learned anything in the OT it’s that God keeps His promises. And because we have taken Jesus’ hand and walked right through that veil? Well, we can’t go back to being like those sisters we read about today in Ezekiel. We cannot know what Jesus did for us on the cross and then deliberately keep sinning by refusing to take Jesus’ hand and walk through the veil!