Touches by Ofer Amitai

Jun 9, 2020

Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre

 

 

Touches: Small Thoughts on a Very Big God

 

“For I will appear in the cloud over the Atonement Seat….”” Leviticus 16:2

There is nothing more desirable in the entire universe than the glory of God; His nearness and Presence.

But it requires atonement. There and there alone, can man meet God and survive.

The centre of the Pentateuch is the Atonement — Lev. 16
The centre of the prophets is Messiah who is the atonement — Isaiah 53
The centre of the gospels is the crucifixion of Yeshua
The centre of all the teaching in the NT epistles is Christ crucified 1Cor. 1:23
By the crucifixion of the Son of God, God has achieved the most unimaginable and impossible thing. He has made it possible for a fallen, sinful human to be so transformed, as to be able to live in the Glory and Presence of God in eternity.

Compared with the work of atonement, the whole work of creation is as nothing. Compared with the work of atonement on the cross, all the miracles, provisions, and graces, are as nothing. The atonement is the greatest of all provisions; it is the greatest of all graces.

But atonement requires confession and repentance. Yeshua died for specific sins, not just generally. There is no atonement for unconfessed known sin. (And whatever is not known, will eventually be made known, one way or another.)

To be covered by God, then, one must uncover oneself, or allow the Holy Spirit to do so.

Lev. 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat.

The greatest surprise to the one who so comes is the nearness of God; HIs Presence. There is nothing to compare with the taste of God’s forgiveness, the sense of God’s actual Presence, and the sense of peace that comes on the one who so comes to God.

In Israel, all life in the desert and the land had its meaning and centre in the atonement. It is, therefore, astounding to realize that this is not so in much of the Church.

Was Paul a fanatic when he wrote:

Phil. 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. And again in 1Cor. 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Let us draw near to the Lord, to our precious crucified Messiah, and let us hide in God rather than hide from God. Let us let Him find us, and draw us. Let us turn to Him again and rediscover the wonder of the atonement.

So many believers are asking these days, “”Lord, where are you?””

But actually, it is He who is asking, as he did Adam: “.. Where are you?”” Gen. 3:9

Title: Touches by Ofer Amitai
Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre
Date: 09.06.20

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