Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Scripture to Meditate On

Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant; I formed you; you are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me. I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you. Isaiah 44:21-22

This bit of Scripture has some familiar language.

Our transgressions are blotted out. But what does that mean? How about completely obliterated. Our sins no longer exist and thus can never be found for someone to accuse us with them. That's what God has done with our sins, obliterated them out of existence, never to be seen again.

We have been redeemed. And what is this? Boaz was the redeemer of Ruth. Remember that she was a widow in great need. Boaz rescued her from what would have been a very hard life and made it possible for her to be honored as a mother of Jesus. The law in Leviticus allowed an Israelite to redeem a relative who had sold himself into slavery because of his debt. Jesus is our Redeemer. He paid the price to rescue us from our slavery to sin, from what would have been a very hard life.

But there is another word that needs some attention: remember. Our sins are obliterated out of existence. We have been redeemed out of our slavery to sin.  But what good are these things if we don't remember them but rather live as if our sins were still around to accuse us and as if we were still enslaved instead of free? Satan does his best to distract us from these facts of the Gospel to make us forget them so that we would be discouraged and even despairing. He doesn't want us to be rejoicing in the Gospel and living well. Don't be fooled by him. Remember these facts of the Gospel so that you can enjoy them.