Butch LaBauve

Pastor,

River Ministries International

The Ark of the Covenant of the Bible did not contain strange, mysterious creatures as the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” portrayed.

But it did contain three articles: The Ten Commandments, which God had written on stone (Hebrews 9:4) a golden bowl of manna and Aaron’s Staff that was capable of sprouting buds.

These specific items represented man’s rebellion to God’s standard of holiness, man’s repulsive attitude toward our sufficiency and provision being in God alone and man’s rejection of God’s life giving, authoritative leadership.

Due to God’s grace and mercy, He had these items locked away in a sealed box and put behind a curtain (Hebrews 9:5).

Only once a year, the Old Testament high priest could go behind this curtain and stand before this sacred chest full of rebellion. The priest would sprinkle the blood of a perfectly formed sacrificial lamb on this sacred chest. This was done so God would not see the rebellious sin of his creation, but only the blood of the innocent lamb. Interestingly, the priest would sprinkle the lamb’s blood seven times to cover the sin of man’s rebellion.

We see in the crucifixion that Jesus, the lamb of God, our high priest, also shed his blood in seven areas of his body: “He sweat drops of blood,” “stripes on his back,” “a crown of thorns,” “nails” in his hands, “nails” in his feet, “pierced his side with a spear,” and “he was wounded . . . and bruised.”

The crucifixion of Jesus is the reality and consummation of this Old Testament religious procedure for man to be complete, whole and free from the penalty, power and once we enter heaven, the very presence of sin.

God absolutely determines not to remember our sins once we receive forgiveness “according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord”   on the cross (Ephesians 3:11). God doesn’t live in time past or time future…. HE IS!

He sees us presently in sin or in Jesus without sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

Once washed in the blood of Jesus and forgiven, only the carnal you, past associates and the devil can see and bring to your remembrance your past lawlessness.

This biblical revelation illustrates God’s perfect plan, to give a perfect sacrifice, by a perfect person, to perfect imperfect people. Sinless in Christ, I’m forever thankful.

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