Saved and Sustained by Grace

When our first parents sinned, God showed His grace directly to them by making them long coats of skin to clothe them. Under the mercy of God, Adam and Eve found themselves forgiven and provided for, in spite of their sinning against Him. This was an act of mercy of God toward Adam and Eve. He did not let them suffer the shame of nudity for long, although they deserved it, but He covered them in mercy and by His grace. If a coat of skin was used to cover their nudity, perhaps an animal had to be killed. We see in this, a picture of YAHSHUA’S death as the Lamb of God, covering our sins with His blood by forgiving us. That was a demonstration of love and an act of grace applied to men when they were crucifying Him. For every hammered nail in His hand and feet, for the crown of thorns, for the spear that penetrate His side, a prayer: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Those Roman soldiers, together with their centurion seeing how nature responded to their Creator’s death by thunder, lightning, darkness, earthquake, they acknowledged the fact that YAHSHUA was the Son of God. Matthew reports: When the centurion and those who were with him keeping watch over YAHSHUA observed the earthquake and all that was happening, they were terribly frightened and filled with awe, and said, Truly, this was God’s Son! (Matt. 27:54).  That was God’s love covering men’s act of hatred for Him with His grace. He did not retaliate the evil done to Him, but for them He prayed. God’s grace steps over every difficult obstacle to save us. Only men’s rejection of God will hinder grace to be applied to them. God so loved the world- every human being, to the extent to offer His only Son as a sacrifice to pay the penalty of sin do to them. It was God’s grace that acted fueled by His love. Where God’s love abounds, God’s grace superabounds. John Baptist’s testimony of Him, was that out of His fullness we have all received one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift upon gift (John 1:16).

Mount Zion vs. Mount Sinai

(Exodus 19:1-20; Hebrews 12: 18-29)

“For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched, that is ablaze with fire, and to gloom and darkness and a raging storm, and to the blast of a trumpet and a voice whose words make the listeners beg that nothing more be said to them” (Hebrews 12:18-19); “but rather, you have come to Mount Zion, even to the city of the living YAHWEH, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless multitudes of angels in festal gathering, to the assembly of the first born whose names have been written in heaven, to YAHWEH, who is the judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect, to YAHSHUA, and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things that the blood of Abel” (Vs.22-24).

The difference between the experience at Mount Zion and Mount Sinai is worth noting for us to realize the wonderful grace of God toward us.  When God came down to Mount Sinai to meet the people of Israel, He came expressing vehemently His holiness through fire, in a dense and black cloud that enveloped the mountain. At that time, He declared His covenant with the people and gave them the Ten Commandments. At that time, Israel had a glimpse of the extent of the holiness of God; and not being able to bear it, they begged Moses to speak to them, instead.