2011-03-06 - Fulfilling God's
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 69
Tenth Commandment ~ Part 11
The Decalogue Conclusion ~ Continued
The unbeliever doesn't want to accept that there is a God who would send
men to eternal damnation for not being perfect, but again what is God's standard?
That you may not sin. Christ had to die because we can't meet God's standards.
God, by His very nature, cannot excuse us from His standards, but loving
us, He was willing to take on human form, to pay the price for mankind's
failure to meet the level of perfection necessary to be saved.
So the people stand back away from the front lines, leaving Moses to face
God alone. Again this was really consistent with the role given to Moses,
and so he approaches the cloud that signifies the presence of God.
In the context of the giving of the Law, Moses makes it quite clear that
God is providing the Law as the legislation by which they are expected to
live. One may wonder how they felt at this time - hearing what was expected
of them - and probably realizing that there was no way that they could do
it. How do you react to the idea that God expects us not to sin? What is
our advantage over these people, at the time we are looking at? If we are
truly called to not sin, then what do we need to do, to at least attempt
to meet this standard?
As far the these people go, I suspect that the Hebrews were already aware
of the need for a sacrifice for sin, though there was not the elaborate system
that God was to provide in conjunction with the construction of the Tabernacle.
Remember that all who are saved, including the Old Testament saints, are
saved through the Sacrifice, that is the Lamb of God, through the death of
"Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the
world!" (John 1:29).
To be continued.
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