Welcome once again dear readers! As I work on this, it is Ash Wednesday. Visiting with an Episcopal priest a few days ago, she said they can’t say Hallelujah from today until the Lenten season is over. This is news to me, which shows I’ve not been in a church that observes Lent from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. I truly DO learn something new every day – do you?
Our first 10:10 verse today is in the book of Acts.
Acts 10:10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance.
In this part of Acts, the Lord lowers a sheet down before Peter filled with unclean animals and God says: “Take and eat.” Peter testifies to God that he’s a “good Jewish boy” and has never eaten any unclean thing in his life. The sheet was taken up and came down three times before Peter understood God was showing that the gospel is for the gentiles as well as the Jew. This vision prepared Peter to accept the invite to go to Cornelius’ house, where he preached the good news and Cornelius’ entire household was saved. Not only that, a whole church was planted from this event!
Romans 10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
This passage is explaining to the Israelites how to accept the free grace of Jesus and the next passage shows how they can’t rely on keeping the Law to save themselves; even their ancestors in the wilderness could not keep from following the lusts of the flesh.
1 Corinthians 10:6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul is attesting to his Spiritual authority and integrity in Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.
Hebrews chapter 10 brings all the verses above together:
Hebrews 10:8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
God’s Old Covenant in the Law has been fulfilled and the New Covenant is established in Christ Jesus. If we walk in the Old Covenant; the Law, we must keep every dot and tittle to the ‘T’ or we break the whole Law and there is no reconciliation. The last Passover Christ ate with His disciples was the New Covenant being set forth. The final Matzo that was hidden, found by the children at the end of the meal, redeemed from the child, then broken and passed around as the ‘dessert’. This is that which Jesus took, broke, then said “Take, eat. this is My body broken for you.” Then He took the cup of wine that was the Cup of the New Covenant in His blood, the fourth cup passed around at the Seder. So with the celebration of Passover starting the Old Covenant, this celebration of Passover started the New Covenant. The cup of Christ’s blood covered ALL our sins, which the blood of animals never could do. This cup also created One New Man out of Jew and Gentile and reconciled both to the Father. All the Scriptures I’ve shared today are the Apostles and Disciples reaching out to share the New Covenant in Jesus Christ with first the Jew, then the Gentile. It’s a little glimpse into the New Testament writings that explain the Christ and how we can be brought into fellowship with Him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May we all learn to live in the light of this great covenant of love from Father God, through Christ Jesus, activated by Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Bless you all as we head into the Lenten season which leads to the Greatest Day of all: the day we celebrate with “Christ the Lord has risen today, Alleluia!”