Friday 16 September, 2016

1 Samuel 2:22-26

22 Eli was very old. He kept hearing about everything his sons were doing to all the Israelites. He also heard how his sons were sleeping with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 23 So Eli said to his sons, “Why are you doing these things? All the people are telling me about the evil things you are doing. 24 No, my sons. The report I hear isn’t good. And it’s spreading among the Lord’s people. 25 If a person sins against someone else, God can help that sinner. But if anyone sins against the Lord, who can help them?” In spite of what their father Eli said, his sons didn’t pay any attention to his warning. That’s because the Lord had already decided to put them to death. 26 The boy Samuel continued to grow stronger. He also became more and more pleasing to the Lord and to people.

Verse 25 says “if one man wrongs another then God will intercede, but if a man wrongs God, who will intercede for him?”

I don’t like to think for too long on the number of times where I have wronged God. I know I do. Multiple times a day. On a good day, another person (if they were gracious) might even describe me as being a “good man.” But if the requirement for acceptance of God was to never wrong Him, I would be in a lot of trouble according to Samuel (even though I am hopefully more obedient than Samuel’s sons!)

Fortunately there is a direct answer elsewhere in the Bible to Samuel’s question of “who will intercede.” 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that “… there is hope! There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”

Wow that is a relief.

Lord, thankyou that your justice is full and complete, so that no evil person can on their own merit, just be OK with you. You desire to destroy all wrong and wrongdoing because it is unacceptable to you. I am imperfect in so many ways and next to Your goodness, there is no way I can measure up to the perfect standard that you rightfully need. But You have made a way for someone like me in that Jesus, your Son, lived the perfect life that I couldn’t, and died the death that I deserve, took all the punishment that was meant for me. Then He gave me his perfection to put on, so that I am now able to be perfect in Your eyes and in relationship with you, so that You are now completely working in my favour!

Amen

Written by Ps Justin Ware

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