Thursday, July 12, 2012
Welcome to Day 193 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Isaiah 11; Isaiah 12; Isaiah 13; Isaiah 14; Hebrews 9 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Isaiah 11:1, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” (Jesus)
Isaiah 12:2, “The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
“Great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” (Jesus)
Isaiah 13:19, [Prophecy against] Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians,
will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Isaiah 14, Babylon had become the crown jewel of the Assyrian Empire. Babylon represents the kingdoms of this world… Both Peter (1 Peter 5) and John (Revelation 14, 16-18) used Babylon as a symbol of ungodly nations.
Hebrews 9:13, “The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,
so that we may serve the living God!”
27 “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
Once again, Hebrews delivers the goods! Amazing, deep scripture regarding Jesus’ sacrifice.
Yet again we are reminded of the amazing sacrifice of Jesus. He offered himself, unblemished, to take away our sins.
(Remember back to Leviticus and all the sacrifices and their requirements? A lamb without spot or wrinkle?)
No need for ongoing sacrifices, offered by men, through men. Jesus did it. Once for all.
How does that apply? (This is the “Application” portion of my SOAP…)
I don’t have to strive. I don’t have to earn anything. I don’t have to be good enough. He paid my debt. In full.
It’s not about my serving, my giving, or even this Life Journal…
“So I… stand… in awe… of you…”
All I can say, over and over and over, is thank you.