“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and
forever.” (Heb 13:8)
I love to read the story of Jesus recorded in the four Gospels of the New Testament Bible. The story of Jesus is very real and dear to me. When Jesus spoke, it is as if He is speaking to me. His teachings are true and unchanging, for He said that “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt 24:35). I also imagine that I was physically with Him, witnessing Him taking actions on various events and performing miracles on many occasions. I have firmly believed what happened then can also take place now, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
“So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.” (Exo 33:22)
After facing the crisis of God’s wrath for worshipping the golden calf, Moses asked the Lord to show him His presence to know whether He was still with the Israelites in the wilderness. God graciously granted Moses’ request and assured him, “I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand.” It shows God’s tender love and intimate relationship with Moses.
As the unfaithful kingdom of Judah neared her end, God instructed Jeremiah to visit the Rechabites, who were to serve as an example for the people of Judah. The Rechabites kept their forefather Jonadab’s command not to drink wine, build a house, or sow seeds. Such a lifestyle seemed impossible with the given circumstances, but they persevered even when their determination seemed insignificant to others. The Babylonians were devouring their nation and most of the Israelites had forsaken God.
But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Pet 1:15-16)
God is holy and we should also be holy in all our conduct. The basic idea of holiness in the Bible is separation from all that is profane. In Leviticus, God was concerned with the ritual of the sacrificial system as well as with ethical requirements. The biblical distinction between “clean” and “unclean” is the way God designated the difference between what He could receive into His presence and what must remain apart from Him. Only people, animals, and objects designated as clean could enter the tabernacle, and later the temple, as part of the worship of God. Specific rituals were instituted by God for making an “unclean” person or object “clean”. The designation of “clean” and “unclean” also implies a distinction between ethical character and behavior that is acceptable to God from that which is unacceptable.
I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” (Ps 41:4)
God is the one who rules over the affairs of our lives. He meets us in our downcast state and pours out grace upon us. A crushed spirit is the shortcut to the throne of grace.