Renewal Reading—May 16

by mjongsma on May 16, 2013

Grace Beyond the Veil

Read

Exodus 15:10–22

Focus

Verse 22: I will meet with you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark of the Covenant. From there I will give you my commands for the people of Israel.

Consider

The Ark was one piece of furniture with two parts—the container, and the atonement cover or mercy seat. The ark contained three items from Israel’s history that symbolized their inability to keep God’s covenant—manna, Aaron’s budding rod, and the Ten Commandments. These items represented Israel’s greatest failures—the rejection of God’s provision, authority, and standard for righteous living. The ark is a symbol of God’s amazing grace! God remains faithful to terms of the covenant because it is in keeping with his character: “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.” (2 Timothy 2:13) God does not invite us into relationship with him because of our ability to do the right thing, but in spite of our inability to do so. We are not saved because of our works, but because of Christ’s work. (Titus 3:5-6) God does not hide, ignore, or dismiss our weaknesses, but instead sees them from different perspective. His mercy covers our shame in the redemptive garment of his grace.

Reflect

Have you come to a place in your relationship with God where you can relax in his grace—or do you still find yourself trying to earn his favor?

Pray

Lord, I accept your gift of grace. I will not continue to seek to win your approval through my efforts to please you. Thank you for your mercy, forgiveness, love, and total acceptance.

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