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You’re clean and acceptable – trust me!

Many centuries,

many books,

many interpretations,

separate this passage from the reading we looked at yesterday (Psalm 119: 1-8)

but the message is the same.

 

God isn’t looking for blood sacrifices,

or elaborate rituals –

just our willingness to trust and obey – 

to love God and love our neighbour.

 

Why do we make it so difficult?

 

 

Faithful God,

take us, 

just as we are, 

and use us,

just as we are, 

for your love

and your strength

can overcome all our weakness,

our hesitancy,

our diffidence –

your strength is enough, 

and we can trust you to the end.

Hebrews 9: 11-14

11 But Christ has already come as the High Priest of the good things that are already here. The tent in which he serves is greater and more perfect; it is not a tent made by human hands, that is, it is not a part of this created world. 12 When Christ went through the tent and entered once and for all into the Most Holy Place, he did not take the blood of goats and bulls to offer as a sacrifice; rather, he took his own blood and obtained eternal salvation for us. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a burnt calf are sprinkled on the people who are ritually unclean, and this purifies them by taking away their ritual impurity. 14 Since this is true, how much more is accomplished by the blood of Christ! Through the eternal Spirit he offered himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will purify our consciences from useless rituals, so that we may serve the living God.

 
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