Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 4, 2012

It Takes Blood

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Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Adam and Eve knew they sinned; they knew they disoeyed God.  They tried to hide their sin behind a fig leaf.  The fig tree was a symbol of peace, protection and security.  It was big and wide spread and offered shelter and shade.  They took off some leaves trying to hide their shame.  They knew God would soon be walking through the garden looking for them to fellowship with them.

God found them and said the fig tree could not cover their sin.  Their sin could only be covered by the blood of a lamb.  God killed a lamb and covered them with the hide of the lamb.  Their sin was covered by the slain blood of the lamb but they would still bear the consequences of their sin even though they were forgiven by the lamb’s blood.  Lambs had to be continually sacrificed for man’s continual sins.  Finally God sent His only Son, Jesus, God’s Lamb without sin, spot or blemish, to be the one time blood sacrifice for all our sins.  We still must carry out the consequence of our sins but we are forgiven and restored to fellowship with God each time we confess.

Our question is are we just going to complain about the consequences of our own sins as we walk them out or are we going to confess our sins to God, receive His forgiveness and be able to walk in fellowship with Him as we walk out the consequences of our sins?

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August 30, 2012

Lamb

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John 1:29 On the next day John a saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Revelation 12:11 But a they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

A lamb is described as a dumb animal.  It doesn’t know safety or where to go without a guide.  Lambs must have shepherds to care for them and shepherds will use trained dogs to help them keep the lambs together.  At the same time lambs represent meekness.  They have no sence of pride.  They are content with grazing and drinking from calm waters.  They are content with just being.  Jesus was represented as a lamb.  He was a lamb in His willingness to follow the Father’s lead.  He said He could only do what the Father did and say what the Father says.  He was also a lamb in His humility.  Though He was the very nature of God and a very real part of God, He humbled Himself to a baby of a poor family and walked in submission to them as He grew into a man.  He was also a lamb in that He became the blood sacrifice for our sins – each and every one of us for all time.  It is through His blood we receive forgiveness of our sins, our separation from God and are adopted as His chidren – more than just His creation.  As His children we are to follow the example of Jesus and be as lambs.  We have a lot of spots and blemishes Jesus never had but they are covered in His blood.  Our question is, as lambs, do we know the voice of our Master?  Are we true to the nature of a lamb and follow the call of His voice?  When we don’t we get lost and He will come find us but we could get pretty hurt in the process.  Let’s choose to keep our ears open for our Shepherd’s voice and stay in the safety of His watchful eyes and bountiful love

August 3, 2012

The Dove

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Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; b in you I take great delight.” 

The dove is an international symbol of peace.  Jesus said He came to give us peace, but not the peace of the world   He came to give us God’s peace.  We cannot experience this peace, the dove cannot come on us, if we are not a lamb.  To receive the Holy Spirit we must humble ourselves before God.  We must admit we are sinners and through His Son, Jesus, ask for forgiveness and accept the cleansing of the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus.  Jesus humbled Himself by taking on the form of a man and substituting Himself on the cross for our sins  He didn not have to do this but chose to out of love for the Father and love and cmpassion for us.  The question is are we willing to give up our false sence of independance and our pride and walk humbly with our God? 

August 2, 2012

Lamb of God

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John 1:29 On the next day John a saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God b who takes away the sin of the world!

Jesus is presented as the “Lamb of God.”  One reason is lambs were used as sacrifices for sin offerings to God.  Another is what the lamb represents.  A lamb is a meek, humble animal.  It is very submissive. It goes where it’s master tells it to go.  It listens for it’s master’s voice, recognizeing it from all other voices.  Jesus not only gave Himself over the the cross as a sis offering for all mankind, He knew and listened for His Fathere’s voice.  He did all His Father asked Him to do and sought no credit or glory on His own.  All glory and thanksgiving and praise went to the Father.  If we are to be like Jesus we mustt be like a lamb.  Our question is are we willing to be humble as a lamb?  Are we willing to learn to recognized the voice of our “Master” over and above all other voices, listen to Him and obey Him?  Once again we have a choice.  God loves us so much He wants our love and obedience to be voluntary on our part.  He wants us to give ourselves to Him like Jesus did.  Are we willing?  His Holy Spirit will make us able. 

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