Ezekiel 4-6; Hebrews 10:1-23

God wants a relationship.

“They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols.” Ezekiel 6:9b, NLT.

He will go to great lengths to have this relationship.

If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God,

“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings.
    But you have given me a body to offer.
You were not pleased with burnt offerings
    or other offerings for sin.
Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God—
    as is written about me in the Scriptures.'” Hebrews 10:2-7, NLT.

When he makes a promise, he keeps it.

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23, NLT.

When he says I’m forgiven, I am.

18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. Hebrews 10:18, NLT.

This is my Father God. My Father who pursues me, desires relationship, and loves with a love that won’t end.

Holidays are hard. In the face of feeling unwanted, unseen, unloved, unforgiven, I remind myself of truth–the very opposite of those wounds is healing truth that I am wanted, seen, loved and forgiven. And this is reason for giving thanks–thanksgiving every day.

Courtney (66books365)

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