Have you ever broken the law? Have you ever told a lie? If so then you a re a liar. Have you ever stolen something, even something small? If so then you are a thief. Have you ever looked at someone of the opposite sex with lust? If so, the Lord Jesus said that you have committed adultery in your heart.
The Bible says in Revelation 21:8, But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
So if you have broken any one of the Ten Commandments, you are going to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire!
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Remember in John chapter 8, the Lord was confronted with a mob poised and ready to stone to death a woman caught in the act of adultery? Do you remember what He did?
John 8:6, This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
He wrote on the ground with His finger. I have heard many different theories on what He may have written that caused the men to drop their rocks and walk away. Also, He didn’t utter a word, in fact He ignored them as though He didn’t even hear what they were saying.
Exodus 31:18, And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
I believe He began writing the Ten Commandments. What else would make these men drop their rocks and their heads and walk away? The law of God is what makes men realize their own sin. The Lord Jesus didn’t have to say anything to them because the law of God speaks for itself. Until we are broken over the realization of our own sin, there is no repentance.
I pray that you have used these past few days of Rosh Hashanah to examine yourself in the light of God’s law. I pray that it has revealed to you things in your life that are not right before God. Why? So that you can GET right before God. We serve a Holy and Righteous God. His judgments are just. The Bible is clear, the wages of sin is death. Real death, eternal death, separated from God and from our loved ones for all eternity in the very real torments of Hell. He is just. He cannot simply overlook our breaking of His law.
Thank God the Day of Atonement is at hand! I urge you to reflect on what Jesus has done for you and me. He has made a way to have our sins cleansed and all our iniquities purged. How can we ignore so great salvation?!!! The fast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins tomorrow (Friday) evening (6:43p.m.) and continues through Saturday evening (7:37p.m.).
Hebrews 9:11-14, But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Will you make the commitment to fast and pray before God Saturday, thanking Him for the forgiveness of your sins, the washing clean from all your iniquities? Will you seek His face through fasting and prayer on Yom Kippur for a stronger, more committed walk with Him, for His will to be done in your life, in your family’s lives, and in your church? Is one 24-hour fast before God so high a price for us to pay?
The price for us was high. The charges against us, serious. And just like the woman in John chapter 8, let us remember what the Lord told her…
“…go, and sin no more” John 8:11.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?
p.s. Nelda Rhodes sent me this. I thought I’d share…
Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing
to move your feet.