The scripture for today, September 21 (9/21), is Hebrews 9:21f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“In the same way, he [Moses] sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
We may not murder or steal, but do we omit going to see someone who is sick or needs our help? Do we sin by attitude with impatience on the highway or grocery store line, or jealousy? Sin in the Bible is always associated with blood. When we sin, Satan celebrates by paying us all that he is and has ~ death.
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). This is what we earn for sinning. This is what we deserve for sinning. Death means separation. In a physical sense, we are separated from people living on earth. In a spiritual sense, we are separated from God in heaven. God is life, and cannot dwell with death. It is not in his nature.
When we sin, Satan holds us hostage and dares anyone to redeem us from our slavery to him. He wants blood. Satan was not bargaining for anyone to be stronger than him. God sent his own Son to do the job. Jesus gave Satan what he wanted ~ his blood, and collected the death wage. Then he tricked Satan. Jesus broke free. He came back to life. He destroyed Satan’s power over us! He not only broke free of death, he was willing to take us with him if we will follow him out.
What power! What a mighty God we have! On Sundays, do we even care?
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