Mercy on a Mountain 2

Today's Bible reading: Exodus 20:1-17

At this point I'd like to share with you Hebrews 9:19-22, as it beautifully ties together the old covenant and the new.  It reads: “Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.  For when every commandment in the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.’  And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship.  Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”  These verses remind us that the Sinai or Mosaic covenant was sealed with the blood of sacrifice.  The new covenant was also sealed with blood: that of Christ on Calvary for us for the forgiveness of our sins.

And here I'd like to once again reiterate together the basis of Israel’s right to be God's special people.  It is not based on their natural rights … on their natural power … or they're great number.  Instead it is based on two simple gospel reasons stated in Deuteronomy 7:8: “It is because the Lord loves you … and is keeping the oath that He swore to your fathers …”  Though Israel is called to be a holy people, it will always be God's faithfulness that preserves the covenant.

Prayer: "You have this Law to see therein That you have not been free from sin But also that you clearly see How pure toward God life should be.  Have mercy, lord!"  Amen . (LSB 581:11)