Give Me That Mountain

A Different Focus

The Law and Grace. Day twenty-two...

I taught each of my three children to ride a bike. Let me rephrase that: I attempted to teach each of my children to ride a bike.

We started off with the training wheels of course, but they came off quickly—more trouble than they were worth. Then we graduated to my hand on their backs, with lots of coaching about body position, focus, and other pointers.

no training wheels

But at some point each of my children abandoned their instructor with something like, “Just leave me alone, Dad. I'll figure it out myself.” And off each of them went—with not a worry about falling over, but every thought focused on riding.

Sure they took plenty of spills, but they were so focused on what they were doing and where they were heading that the occasional crash didn't set them back at all.

My kids did not have a conscience of falling down. They had a conscience of riding.

The exhilaration of being able to move at speeds impossible on foot simply overwhelmed their focus on avoiding a fall.

What if we lived our lives as kids just learning to ride our bikes?

What if the exhilaration of being so focused on where God has us headed simply overwhelmed our focus on sin?

Now that we've studied sin for a few days, I want to skip ahead and show you where we're headed. (We can then go back and fill in the all‐important details in the middle.)

When Adam listened to a voice other than God's voice, sin entered the world.

And with sin comes death.

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12 NKJV)

Adam tried to cover his sin with plant life.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (Genesis 3:7 NKJV)

But there is no remission (pardon, forgiveness) of sin without the shedding of blood.

And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22 NKJV)

So God covered them with the skin of an animal whose blood, obviously, had been shed.

This act pointed to the law—with its animal sacrifices to temporarily cover our sin. But more importantly this act pointed to Christ who, with His own blood, provided the permanent fix for our sin.

Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21 NKJV)

From the time of Adam until God gave the law to Moses, sin was in full bloom with all its stealing, killing, and destroying (see John 10:10). Even though there was no law against sin from Adam until Moses, sin was still taking its toll on mankind.

When God gave Moses the law, man now had a way to get right with God again through obedience.

But since no one could keep all of the law, God allowed for the blood of sacrificed animals to serve as a covering for man's disobedience. But the law was only a shadow of what Jesus would do on the Cross, and could not make perfect those who practiced the law.

For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. (Hebrews 10:1 NASB)

Otherwise these sacrifices would have removed the people's conscience of sins.

For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (Hebrews 10:2 KJV)

But those under the law did still have a conscience of sins.

And we still have a conscience of sins, even though Christ's blood shed on the Cross was, unlike the blood of animal sacrifices, a permanent payment for sin.

We still have a conscience of sins because we continue to have a remembrance of sins.

But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. (Hebrews 10:3–6 KJV)

Today, I want to leave you with this thought:

In the KJV, the Greek word translated “remembrance” in this passage is used only three other places in the New Testament. And all three of those instances occur when Jesus tells His disciples at the Last Supper to “Do this in remembrance of me.”

We have a choice to make—a continued remembrance of sin, or a remembrance of Jesus.

Have a good day,
Mike

Image credit: chaim zvi

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