Lamentations 1-2 Hebrews 10:1-18
“The law is only an unclear picture of the good things coming in the future; it is not the real thing. The people under the law offer the same sacrifices every year, but these sacrifices can never make perfect those who come near to worship God.” (Hebrews 10:1 NCV)
The message of Christians from the beginning of the Church has been the Grace has overtaken the Law. While that issue caused a number of disputes as Paul traveled around the known world, the resolution of all those disputes was that Grace was the way that God dealt with people now. The author of Hebrews described the Law as an “unclear picture” of the good things to come with God’s grace. Paul described it as a teacher that will lead us to grace. The Law, according to Hebrews, dealt with sin under a series of sacrifices that was the same things every year that can’t make people complete or perfect to stand before God. We are made righteous NOT by our yearly sacrifices as dictated by the Law, but by God’s Grace that cleanses us and makes us able to enter into a relationship with God.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to fix something when you didn’t have the proper tools or materials? You use spit and baling wire – maybe some chewing gum if you have some. The Law, even though it was God’s perfect gift to the Hebrews as they left Egypt and prepared to enter the Promised Land, was more like spiritual spit and baling wire – an imperfect fix for people that told them how to live, showed them when they were wrong, and offered a temporary fix for sins. With the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we now have a permanent solution to our problem of separation from God. The Law reminds us of our sins. Grace forgives those sins and brings us into a good relationship with God. The Law involves us trying to reach up to God and never getting completely there; Grace is God reaching down to us in love and compassion so that we can be with God. Our efforts can never make us perfect. Only God can forgive us perfectly and empower us to fellowship with Him.
Lord God, Your Law shows me my failings and it shows me that no matte what I do to fix things, I’ll never be able to fix anything permanently. Thank You for Your Grace which forgives me and makes me complete in Your eyes.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.