July 30, 2020
Make An Atonement For Israel
2 Chronicles 29:20-24 (KJB) Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD. 21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD. 22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. 23 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them: 24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.
Yesterday we looked at the word atonement as is found in the New Testament in Romans 5:11, as is applicable today on an individual level.
Here in these verses above, the word atonement is working in the Old Testament through burnt offerings of the priests. These sacrifices are applied by the priests with a broader brush stroke to include the entire nation of Israel for their collective foolish behavior. Perhaps today, this kind of general notion encompassing a country’s action is not as commonly spoken of as is one’s responsibility before God.
However, in either case, whether it be in the Old Testament or the New Testament, collectively, or individual responsibility, genuine atonement always points a soul to a right relationship with God. Certainly, you would agree that the spiritual state of many nations has continued to crumble over the years, leading to a greater and greater distance between the people and God, allowing evil to flourish through the state of unrepentant hearts.
Still, today, God’s she-blood sacrifice through His Only Son on Calvary is the ultimate triumph removing the presence of sin and death among regenerated souls.
In these verses above and other scripture throughout the cannon scripture, we can read about the collective actions and choices of a people group or nation and how it affects their land and people jointly as well as individually. God defeated sin and death once-for-all through Jesus Christ; however, consequences for unrepentant sin remain.
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