Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Psalm 79:9
By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles nor incense altars will be left standing. Isaiah 27:9
Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it. Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.’ ” Numbers 35:33-34
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1John 5:11
God had Israel set up cities of refuge to avoid needless bloodshed. Yet it was the sacrifice of an innocent, Jesus, that atoned for the sins of the world. We needed a Savior. In 70 AD the temple was destroyed and the altars crushed. There was no further need for sacrifice. Christ died once for all.
Lord, sometimes I feel like my behavior doesn’t always reflect the truth of your sacrifice for me, especially when I’m interacting with the world. The natural tendencies of my flesh start showing themselves. I regret things that I’ve said. Put a guard over my lips. Help me to only speak words that give glory to your Name. By your grace and power may I blossom fully bear spotless fruit as you intended. In Jesus Name I pray.