Yesterday my husband gave blood.
Judah, Tamar’s father-in-law, had promised his youngest son to her since her first two husbands had died.
But then his youngest reached adulthood and he didn’t follow through with his promise to Tamar.
In retaliation Tamar dressed as a harlot, seduced her father-in-law and then made herself known to him while she carried his babies in her womb.
Her father-in-law’s reaction: “yeh, well I had it coming.”
But sin is never justifiable. Tamar was wrong for her actions. Just the same as her father-in-law was his.
Sin never cancels out other sin. It is never justifiable. It is never the right choice.
Only the blood of Jesus has the power to negate sin. Rely only on it and the guidance of the Word to resolve unsettled situations.
Sin is sin.
Society puts varying degrees on sinful acts. Through fleshly eyes we judge that murder is more sinful than disobedience to one’s parents. It’s easy to fall in that way of thinking. But breaking either commandment is sin. The varying part comes when the consequences are reaped.
Jesus’ blood is the only way to heaven.
Being a supremely moral person or a constant do-good worker is a great thing. But Jesus’ blood alone is what covers all sin. Without His blood the good works and the morally sound way of living is in vain.
Do not be deceived. Live your life based on the Truth.
I Peter 5:3
Every human is in need of a sacrifice to cleanse themselves from sin.
Jesus’ blood is the pure, unblemished and holy sacrifice that is capable of doing that.
Only Jesus’ blood.
So if we, as Christians, are covered by the same exact blood why do some perceive that they are more righteous than others?
All of our righteousness was as filthy rags. Jesus blood is the only washing that can take care of our sinful filth.
Your righteousness comes from Christ alone.
Don’t be proud, boastful, or haughty…without the blood you are lost.
Humble yourselves before The Lord and your fellow Christians. We’re in this together.
The children of Israel were given strict directions when choosing a sacrifice for the Passover. They had to choose a first year male goat or sheep, without blemish on the tenth day of the month. Then they had to keep it until the fourteenth day before they were to kill it that evening. Next they were told how to apply it to their doorframe. Strict orders were also given on how to eat and dispose of the sacrifice. Even their dress code and speed at which they ate were dictated to them.
Today a sacrifice for sin is still needed.
Unlike the Israelites, none of the pressure of securing a perfect sacrifice is laid on us. Jesus was the perfect Lamb chosen by God. Jesus came to this earth as the firstborn Son of God and of Mary. He came without spot or blemish and died after living a perfect and sinless life. He met all of the requirements of a perfect sacrifice. God’s choice was perfect.
But, just like the Israelites, we are responsible for what we do with the sacrifice once it has been offered. We have to choose to apply the blood of Jesus to our life. After that He will gladly lead and guide us in every detail of our life if we surrender it to Him.
How grateful we should be that our perfect Lamb has already been chosen and sacrificed. All we had to do was accept it.