Biblical History is Not Just for Information: Devotional for February 2, 2022

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Today’s Bible reading from the Five Day Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 7-9; Psalm 105; Ephesians 1

Yes, history is our friend! For some, looking back on ancient dates, places, and people is as interesting as watching the grass grow. What possible benefit could looking back benefit us in the here and now and help us for the future? Much!

Psalm 105 takes the reader through many of the wonderful works of God in history as a reminder of his goodness, ability, and faithfulness–specifically in forming them as a people and delivering them from the tyranny of Egypt. While the Israelites dealt with these trials and struggles, they could not see the hand of God working, readying to deliver. This passage reminds the readers that God was working and that He did deliver.

Reading this along with the Exodus story of Moses’ arrival in Egypt (Exodus 5) through the plagues until the rescue and accompanying song (Exodus 12-15), God worked out the plan He had all along. Why?

Psalm 105:43-45 notes:

So he brought his people out with joy,
His chosen ones with singing.
And He gave them the lands of the nations,
and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil
that they might keep his status and observe his laws.
Praise the LORD!

Biblical history is not merely for our information–it is for our transformation, for our hearts must lean toward a desire and a disciple to keep God’s Word.

So take time to read the Word to see how God works. As you see how God works, you’ll long more to keep His Word!

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Good Morning Devo for 9.15.2021: What Does God Covering Our Sins Mean?

Good morning! How wonderful to know that God will cover all of our sins based on the atoning work of Christ. This motif originates from the understanding of the Ark of the Covenant mentioned several times in the Old Testament.

The ark contained two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments inscribed upon them. Its located was eventually placed in the Holy of Holies. Along with the tablets were a golden pot of manna (food that God provided in the wilderness–see Exodus 16) and Aaron’s almost rod (Numbers 17). The ark possessed a lid that laid on top called the mercy seat. Here was a visible symbol of God’s divine presence. Here also was where God was to be seated and to give mercy to His people when the blood of the atoning sacrifice was sprinkled there. Thus, this is where we get this covenant understanding of our sins being covered by His blood.

Jesus’ blood from His sacrifice covers our sins as a propitiation, in which the wrath and penalty of our sin was removed and put upon Himself. Jesus is also the Great High Priest who offers the sacrifice and provides that priestly intercession. Romans 3:24-25 gives the needed insight for our New Testament perspective:

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

The Apostle Paul, Romans 3:21-26

Are you relying on the mercy of God to cover your sins? This is the only way to find forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration. It’s only through Christ.

Matthew Perry, Ph.D. is Lead Pastor of Arapahoe Road Baptist Church, Centennial, CO