Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017


2 Chronicles 30:18-20

Most of the people from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun had not cleansed themselves, but they ate the Passover contrary to what was written.

But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord provide atonement for everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, even though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.” And the Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people.

Encouraging Words

So, what is more important, keeping a bunch of rules or having a heart that is prepared for God? Throughout our Holy Scriptures and the teachings of our church fathers, the answer is always a resounding claim that God desires our heart more than our actions. Then one might ask why we were given the laws, to begin with. The laws are there to point us to God, to remind us how inadequate our works are before the awesome and Holy God, and to lead us to the fulfillment of the Law, Jesus Christ because it is only His works that can bring us back into communion with God. Jesus is our intermediary and our intercessor. He is our salvation, our refuge, and our hope. What more can we ask for than this? Glory be to God!

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