Not about rules
It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. Hebrews 9:9 & 10
How different God’s relationship with people was before Jesus came. In the wilderness, God set up structure for how to worship and how to give offerings. It became all about the rules and regulations because they needed structure and governed as a nation. God gave them laws and ordinances to keep, so that they could live together as a nation of people. He made provision for their sin and breaking the laws by offering up a payment/sacrifice for their transgressions. This was a good thing for them and established the boundaries they needed for coming together to form the nation of God. Without God’s laws, they would not have been able to live together as one nation that has lasted for thousands of years.
However, this is not what God had planned for His family. The nation of God became God’s people when God made a covenant with Abraham, but it wasn’t until His Son came to pay the debt of sin that God was able to have His family back.
Now, in Christ Jesus, our salvation brings us back into God’s family. He becomes our Father and we become His children! This is hard to get my head around. Yes, I can say I’m a child of God and I believe it, but I don’t actually get it! I am part of the family of God. I have been adopted in, but I have to remind myself that I was created by Him first. Rather than adoption, I think a better description would be ransomed. Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 He didn’t come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. I was created by God to be in His family, but I was stolen away from Him when sin entered into the world. Satan deceived people out of the dominion and authority in the world and thereby people became subject even prisoners of a thief and God’s enemy. As devastating as that was, God was determined to rescue us and get us back. No price was too high and no cost was too great. God gave His best, His One and only Son to get back many. Such a beautiful picture of the great love that He has for us, yet how many of those around us have no idea?
Today, I want to encourage you to tell someone about this great love our Creator and Father has, not only for those who have come back to Him, but also for those still to come. We have rules and laws to follow for our safety and protection and they are good for us, but beyond that is a personal relationship with the loving God and Father who created a family to love and hold forever. Think about Him today and meditate His promises and the great love that He has for you. Then share it with someone in your life. We are God’s greatest creation and He wants us all back safe in His arms of love.
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 9:7-15