Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2012 August 15 - Morning Manna

But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. (Hebrews 9:11-23)
Today's Morsel: Scripture says that we are fearfully and wonderful made. When we consider that we each have our own unique blood profile, finger prints, and eye pupils, it is intriguing. From both a natural and a spiritual standpoint, without blood we can't live. If a person's body is depleted of its blood or their blood becomes infected they can die. The Bible says that life is in the blood. T his is one reason why we are not to be a part of the world. Our blood can get tainted and we can die. God made us with this special fluid that without it we can't live. The Lord told Moses in preparation for the children of Israel to depart Egypt, "And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it... And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you" (Exodus 12:7;22-23). The blood was used to remit their sins. As long as they remained under the blood, they were safe. This is why baptism in Jesus name is so important to the new birth process. The blood of Jesus Christ remits us of our sins. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one" John said (1 John 5:8). Not only is Acts 2:38 a fulfillment of the Gospel of John 3:3-5, it also fulfills 1 John 5:8 and puts the blood of Jesus upon your life. Are you under the blood?
Sing: In sin I wandered sore and sad with bleeding heart and aching head, till Jesus came and sweetly said, "I'll take your sins away."
Thank God for the blood! Thank God for the blood! Thank God for the blood, that washes white as snow.

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