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Separation of Man From God

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Isaiah 59:1-4 KJV
(1) Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
(2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
(3) For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
(4) None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

The hardest concept from a sinful world is the idea that even with faith in a God or Creator there is separation until you receive Godís truth of salvation, and turn from sin. The concept we can live as we please, go to church and go to heaven based on all we need to do is worship God is far from the truth. In fact Adam and Eves sin separated God from man. Israel a holy priesthood separated from dining with God, because of the killing because of the creation of Baal. The law of God is true, though shalt not kill. Yet the act of killing separated Israel in the wilderness from God. God at one point dine with Moses and the elders.

The time of Isaiah though there had been times of faith in God in Israel history, the time of Isaiah there was a need of prophet and high priest. The sin being great caused separation from God. Yet faith and repentance was intercession action on the human part to be granted forgiveness for sin. Godís word was the intercessor. God declared repentance lead to forgiveness. Adam, Cain and Lamech never repented for their sin, instead faced punishment for sin.

Moses became a type of intercessor for the people, speaking to God for the tribe of Israel. Moses last request before he left the tribe of Israel to God was that He set a godly man to rule over his people. Two days ago we saw were the need of intercessor because the people of Israel feared God. They feared God because they broke one of the comments do not kill. One would not know this without reading Exodus, Leviticus and Deutronomy account of golden calf and the first tablet of stone with Godís handwritting on it got broken in Moses anger. This story was told several times in the Old Testament in the book of law. Israel fear did not bring them to repentance. The separation between Israel and God was caused by sin. And Moses still interceded on their behalf.

Isaiah as priest would of talked of the legacy of Israel as well as current events. The need for the intercessor was something man would need early in history, but the intercessor was about believing the intercessor, and following after the ways of God. Coming to a place of asking for forgiveness and desiring the ways of God and doing them. As Jesus walked the earth he taught the ways of God. He is our intercessor. Yet he more then intercessor, He also the Savior to the world. He laid down His life to come and tell us how to live, and show us how to live. Yet on the cross He said forgive them for they know not what they do.

Our Bible teachers and leaders our the instructors of how we should live in a physical example, but no one does it perfectly. Many understand not the importance of living a holy life. A holy life means turning from sin, but not the enjoyment of life. Not everything in life is sin. Yet the need for the intercessor is hope for Israel at the time of Isaiah. Jesus had not come, but would come, first by being the word, then the word would come in the flesh as Jesus. Jesus always being long before sin, before the law, before the time of Christ in the flesh.

The need for the intercessor in a sinful person life was great. However the issue is what you consider sin, sin? Only what God calls sin is sin. Has homosexual minister continue to justify their life style of the law of the land, it does not change the fact it goes against Godís law. Yet if we read the whole law how many of us should still be alive? Just because Israel sinned did not mean God did not love them. In fact He still called them His people. They were a nation of battle of overcoming sin and focusing on following God in the ways of righteousness. Each generation falling only to repent. Yet the generation failing to repent is a lost generation. The generation failing to turn from wickedness. Homosexual can be saved if they turn from that life style. It is like any sin, if we turn away from doing it and ask for forgiveness God is just to do so. Man slipping and falling is just a normal way of human life. But to remain and continue when you understand consequences of sin is ludicrous. To have no respect for the need of Godís word is to deny the right and purify of healthy life style.

If one steals and turns not away from it and continue, one will face longer sentence in jail. In ancient world one would loose their hands. Today in America what do we do about sin, but punish people giving them tv, and radio in the jail system. A social interaction of a peer group. There is a reason why people were put on a chain gang and taught to work while in prison, hoping to make them responsible citizens.

Enough commentary. Fact is we need Jesus our intercessor to remind us of Godís ways and the cost of sin. Jesus knew no sin but paid the price for our sin. Talking our sin on his shoulders. Let us remember Godís way verses man, but remember as long as our laws inflict both good and bad of society, those things must be except not as the way to live, but except in the way of tolerance. Our need of Godís word is great, if we want our life to change for God.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the reminder of the need for the intercessor to teach us the way to live and to be our burden bearer. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1 John 2:1-3 KJV
(1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
(2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
(3) And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

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