“So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.’ The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip. Because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.” (Exodus 30:30-32)
After Jacob wrestled with a strange man, he understood he was in the presences of God. He marveled that he had seen the face of God and yet had lived. This was Jacob’s understanding of he holiness of God. Holiness is that awesome boundary between what is human and what is divine. God, and only God, is holy. The basic meaning of the word holy was “separate.” To call God holy is to say that God is separate from all else. Jacob was saying that it was a sheer miracle for a sinful man to look upon the holy God and live.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, often the mere word “holy” is used commonly, when in fact it is an expression of You separate from us. You are holy and we are in awe of Your desire to be in a relationship with us. We thank You too little, Abba, but we are honored to be in Your presence, when we come to bring You our prayers of thanksgiving; our hurts; our need for Your forgiveness; and especially when You forgive us of our sins. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Decisions can take you out of God’s will, but never out of His reach.”
“Will the Lord be please with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn form my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:7-8)
Micah saw that it took more to please God than farm, barn, orchard, or human sacrifices. More than external, God wants persons o have fellowship with Him and with one another. We see here the futility of ritualistic worship which thinks divine favor can be obtained by offering sacrifices to God. Spiritual change and moral transformation mark the atonement of God’s people.
“But we see Jesus who was made but a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:9, 17)
Jesus, as the merciful and faithful High Priest of God’s people, made atonement for our sins. He offered Himself as that atonement on the cross. His atonement had all people in view.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“‘Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for man.’” (Matthew 20:28)
Jesus knew His mission centered on providing salvation for all who would accept it in faith. To do this He had to die as the ransom price to redeem us from slavery to sin and death. Service and salvation , not power and prestige were His goals. Jesus Christ came to give His life to make an atonement for many. His ransom is for all willing to accept it. Do you?