February 22, 2019 Daily Devotional
Read: Deuteronomy 5
“At that time I stood between Adonai and you in order to tell you what Adonai was saying; because, on account of the fire, you were afraid and wouldn’t go up onto the mountain.” (Deuteronomy 5:5 CJSB)
Moses is not needed to stand between God and God’s people. Fire always bring fear, but we have an Advocate before the Father. The prophet, Joel speaks of advocacy, saying, “Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not make Your inheritance a reproach, a byword among the nations.’” (Joel 2:17 NASB) Job also offers cries of advocacy, saying, “Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest! Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.” (Job 16:18-21 NIV) Joel and Job may not have fully understood Who humanity’s Advocate is, but the writer of Hebrews points to the Son of God, saying, “Jesus…holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:24, 25 NASB) Jesus of Nazareth is our, “Through Him.” Jesus of Nazareth is humanity’s Advocate before God. Through Jesus we access the divine Author’s perfect writing of life. Our Advocate is the Door, the Gate to perfect Life, Who is God. Do not limit the Door to a definition of excluding means to institutional entry. No, the Advocate is purer than a simpleton’s definition. Jesus is the Way to Life, Life more abundant.
Today's Meditation: Advocacy
Look to the East,