Proverbs 21 2-21-19

Is God angry at us because of sin? NO! It breaks His heart. Why? Because sin hurts us and eventually destroys us. God loves us!!!

3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

This verse is from the Old Testament and, thus, from the covenant God had with the Jews. Even so, it points to God’s real feelings about us. All the animal sacrifices in the world cannot redeem us. They couldn’t redeem the Jews, either (Isaiah 1:11, Jer. 6:20, Heb. 10:4-5). It took Jesus and His sacrifice. So, why was God so hung up on “doing what is right and just?” Here’s a story to help us grasp this new (testament) concept:

You are walking along a path with your dad. He tells you to stay close and stay on the path. You see a pretty flower (or anything shiny) just a few feet away from the path, and so you start toward it, stepping off into the grass. All of a sudden, you realize that you have walked into a patch of sand burrs. You are several feet from the path and cannot move. You cry out to Daddy, and he comes over, picks you up and takes you back to the path. There, he sits you on his knee and pulls out each burr. You cry and struggle, but he just keeps pulling. THAT is a picture of sin and the love of our heavenly father.

Some may say that the flower was worth it; what they don’t realize is that the flower they want is just one of many-some even more beautiful- that our heavenly Father has in store for us at the end of the path. God, indeed, knows best and has our best interests and welfare in mind and at heart.

Our sin debt was paid by Jesus on the Cross. Now, in Christ, there is no condemnation for any sin (Romans 8:1-2), but it still hurts us. Let’s stay next to Jesus on the path as we learn from Him, enjoy His fellowship, and avoid those sand burrs.

1 Therefore, [there is now] NO CONDEMNATION!!! for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me [us] free from the law of sin and death. Ro 8:1-2

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