Feb 22nd 2021 · Day 53
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Journeying through the first five books of the Bible can be a real challenge, and we may at times feel like giving up. The first time I read them through, I was twenty-one years of age and I struggled to get my head around the meaning of these challenging chapters! I found myself wondering if I was taking anything in; it all seemed so alien to me, and still does in many ways. Sometime later I heard a statement that I believe originates from St Augustine that helped me to understand why the unfolding plan of God through both Old Testament and New Testament were so important to my faith: ‘The Old (Testament) is in the New (Testament) revealed, the New is in the Old concealed.’
In our Levitical readings we find specific Old Testament laws and patterns that were required of people in their daily lives. These laws needed to be followed if the people were to honour and approach God. Do you notice how complex and difficult it was? Fortunately, because we are reading the Bible chronologically, we also get a glimpse of the New Testament parallel: ‘Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need’ (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Isn’t that wonderful? Because of the sacrifice of Christ, we can approach God with confidence and we can come close to Him, finding grace – God’s free favour – on the way. The former ways were just a foreshadowing of the perfect, sinless, spotless Lamb of God: Jesus Christ. The way is now open and we can approach God in full confidence and assurance because of our high priest, Jesus.
Pause and reflect: How would your prayers change if you remained aware of the truth that the way to God has been opened up by Christ’s finished work?
Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT
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