He makes intercession for the transgressors

Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:11-12

One of the ways that first century Christianity differed from first century Judaism is the lack of a priestly class to intercede between the person and God. It was the priests who made the actual sacrifices to atone for the people’s sins. Only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies in the temple and then only once a year. With Jesus’ resurrection we no longer needed someone to intercede for us with God. Now people could go directly to God and confess their sins and ask for His forgiveness.

When people are dependent on someone else to take their prayers before God we run the risk of nothing being done. People get busy and forget. I know I find that I am forgetful when someone asks me to pray for them. We get caught up in life and just forget. We don’t need someone else to take our prayers before God. Jesus gave us a direct link to God. The great think is our prayers are not dependent on our own eloquence. When we are at a loss for words the Holy Spirit will take over.

This is not to say we do not need or want others to pray for us. The power of prayer is great and there can never be enough. When the resurrection happened and the veil to the Holy of Holies was split there was no longer a need for an intermediary to God. God had come down to us and he never leaves us.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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