Blood, Guts and Thunder! Sun 19th February 17

Whenever I read the books of Moses, I am again surprised by the frequent mentions of blood, guts and thunder. How then should we deal with such horror in an age where some simply focus on the love, mercy and kindness of our Heavenly Father? Should we be embarrassed and simply overlook these passages? Should we see them as an expression of ancient ignorance and rejoice that God has now given us a new revelation in Jesus? Alternatively, is there something we have to learn that God wants to teach us through them?

This morning I read about the story of Passover in Exodus 12. While reading, I remembered the incredible statement from the book of Hebrews where the writer reflects: “For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). Then I rejoiced at how, twelve hundred years before Christ, God gave a glimpse of his eternal plan and purpose.  Just as the Israelites were captive in Egypt, so people today remain bound by sin. In the same way that through the blood of the sacrificial lamb, the Israelites were released from captivity, so we are made free by the self-substitution of God upon the cross at Calvary. It is little wonder then that Paul rejoices as he says, Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7).

I encourage you to read and delight in the full revelation of God (Old and New Testament) and in doing so, allow God to give you a fresh understanding of the seriousness of sin, of his eternal plan and of his outrageous grace!

Yours, Gareth