Read & Consider
Read Exodus 30:10
God chose Israel to both have His presence and be His special representatives in the world. But to be in the presence of the “Consuming Fire” is no trifling thing. In order for God’s presence to be with them, God provided Israel with the sacrificial law. A part of that law was the annual Day of Atonement. It was the only time when the high priest could enter into the inner sanctum of the tabernacle where God’s presence dwelt.
On that day, Israel’s sin would be atoned for by the high priest making both a burnt offering and by the laying on the hand upon a goat that carried away their sin into a solitary place. The book of Hebrews tells us that the day of Atonement was simply a foreshadowing of what was to come in Christ. The final and complete DAY of ATONEMENT occurred when Jesus gave himself on the cross. He did this so that we could not only have God’s presence with us but also within us.
Over to you
- A grateful heart that is thankful for the fierce love of God towards us as shown in Jesus
- The Holy Spirit to shine a light on any sins or ungodly habits that are affecting the quality of our relationship with God, with ourselves and with others
- An increasing sense of the gift and power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us
If God has now atoned for our sins through Jesus death on the cross, why do you think God still wants us to confess our sins before Him and to one another?
Consider asking someone you trust to be your prayer/accountability partner and commit yourselves to asking each other, ‘How have you been going at recovering from sin this week? How can I pray for you in your recovery? Where have you lived “set apart” for yourself instead of being “set apart” for God this week? What things could you do that will encourage you to be “set apart” for God this coming week?’
Optional extra Family activity
Write down on a piece of paper anything that you have done that has broken God’s heart today. Say sorry to Jesus for breaking his heart and get mummy or daddy to place it in a ceramic bowl and set it on fire. And as you do this say thank you to Jesus that his death and resurrection means that we are forgiven and are free to live in His presence. Ask Him for his help tomorrow in loving Him and loving others.
Today’s Pray Today was prepared by Tash
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