Proverbs 1 2-1-20

Through the lens of the New Testament, the Old Testament comes to life! Learning about Jesus never gets old.

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
    and a chain to adorn your neck.

The teaching that the parents taught their children began like this:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

All of the laws of Moses were learned as the parents taught the children. One of the laws was about uncleanness:

“‘If anyone becomes aware that they are guilty—if they unwittingly touch anything ceremonially unclean (whether the carcass of an unclean animal, wild or domestic, or of any unclean creature that moves along the ground) and they are unaware that they have become unclean, but then they come to realize their guilt; or if they touch human uncleanness (anything that would make them unclean) even though they are unaware of it, but then they learn of it and realize their guilt; when anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned. As a penalty for the sin they have committed, they must bring to the Lord a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for them for their sin.

According to the Law, when the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and when Jesus took the hand of Jairus’ daughter, He should have been defiled and become unclean, thus having to make atonement for his sin through sacrifice. INSTEAD, let’s read what happened:

20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.26 News of this spread through all that region.

IF Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), THEN this passage would have been applicable:

25 The sin offering is to be slaughtered before the Lord in the place the burnt offering is slaughtered; it is most holy. 26 The priest who offers it shall eat it; it is to be eaten in the sanctuary area, in the courtyard of the tent of meeting. 27 Whatever touches any of the flesh will become holy… Leviticus 6:25b-27a

THEREFORE, when the woman touched the hem of His cloak and Jesus took the girl by the hand, instead of being defiled, they became holy! THEY RECEIVED LIFE! This process is what happened to us when we received Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. He took us by the hand and raised us from the dead, thus making us holy in His sight!

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin [sacrifice] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Let us thank God for so great a salvation through the redeeming work of His Son, Jesus Christ. He has made us holy! He has set us free from the bonds of sin and death, “so if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36).”

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for saving me! You have made me holy. You have also made me blameless as I am obedient to You; if I am following Your guidance and direction, then whatever problem someone has with me must be taken up with You. May I take the righteousness imparted to me very seriously. Help me to live for You today as we walk together and fellowship together. I love You, Lord. Amen.

 

 

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