July 10, 2018: SOAP #3141: Micah 5-7; Hebrews 7
Scripture: Hebrews (NIV) 7:18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Observation: When Jesus died on the cross, the law given through Moses was set aside. The required animal sacrifices could never pay for the sins of a man. So, they had to be repeated year after year. The sacrifice was a way man could acknowledge that he had sinner, but the sacrifice did nothing to help him do better. What a wonderful difference—the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Application: That one sacrifice truly covered the debt of my sin. With my sins properly forgiven, I stand before God and God, by His Holy Spirit, comes to live inside me!!! The presence of the Holy Spirit convicts me when I do something wrong and helps me resist temptation. This is so much better!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, how blest I am to be living after the cross instead of before the cross. How blest I am to have your Holy Spirit sharing my life, teaching me, warning me, pointing out when I sin, leading me to repent, and helping me to walk in victory. What a fellowship we enjoy. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!