The Sin Factor
In June I completed the reading of the entire Bible and started over again for one cannot possibly absorb enough of the Word of God. Every reading of it should be fresh and most of the time for me, that is true. The Word of God is a living thing. We know that by verification in Hebrews 4:12 “. . .the Word of God is quick. . .” Quick there is referring to the portion of nerve ending under our finger and toe nails. We also know on the living Word as it meets our spiritual needs when we read it.
Two days ago I started Leviticus with a sigh. “Here we go again. . .” passed through my mind. All those laws, all those ceremonies, all those sacrifices, and this morning it occurred to me, all those sins! We human creatures sure can find complex ways in which to sin. Since God knows the “heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9) God also developed a system of sacrifice for all of those categories of sin. The remedy for sin(s) are laid out in Leviticus.
There had to have been some in the wilderness where Moses received these laws who like me would have thought, “Sin, Sin, everywhere lies the possibility of sin. I am engulfed in the possibilities: so many ways to sin, so many sacrifices! Help us all!”
Since mankind did not allow his conscience to guide him, God issued rules to keep. Then, God issued a way to pay for the broken rules. Then, at last, when the “fullness of time had come” (Galatians 4:4) God sent His Son. Jesus came, Jesus lives a sinless life, Jesus gave His life on Calvary, Jesus rose again, Jesus is now the answer for all that sin factor.
Are you now singing “Jesus Paid It All”? My heart is singing. Still, there is the sin factor, but only one sacrifice and it is done. It is finished.
The songwriter, goes on to write, “all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” The third verse, which is seldom sung is precious: “For nothing good have I, whereby Thy grace to claim, I’ll wash my garments white, in the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.”
Take that sin problem to Jesus, the soul’s shepherd.