This is what God gave me today in his word:
“You who have escaped from the sword, go, do not stand still! Remember the LORD from far away, and let Jerusalem come into your mind: (Jeremiah 51:50)
Remember the Lord from afar. I think that sums up the Old Testament fairly well, don’t you? Barely escaping destruction, and remembering the Lord from afar.
18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” (Exodus 20:18-19)
So this is what we should still do today, right? After all, if the Israelites, God’s chosen people, were afraid of even hearing his voice, should we be any different today?
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split (Matthew 27:50-51)
Yes we are different today, and the reason is simply because we don’t have to remember the Lord from afar anymore, the veil has been broken! Our savior, Jesus Christ, died for us; ripping the veil that kept everyone but the High Priest (and him only once a year) from seeing and talking with God. But now we see a new question has God somehow changed between back then and now? Well we know that is impossible according to Hebrews 13:8. So why does it appear he has suddenly become more merciful then back then in Jeremiah’s time?
No, he hasn’t changed, just the way we worship him has:
4For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (Hebrews 10:4)
Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. (Hebrews 7:27)
So what’s the conclusion? We don’t have to remember God from afar, or make sacrifices to him anymore. Though he (God) himself hasn’t changed, we now can come into his presence and not die, because Jesus Christ has covered us in his own blood!
You are loved!