I’m not sure what it is about little boys, but they really don’t like to get cleaned up. I will include myself in this category. I can remember coming home from a baseball game or from playing ball out back and Mom struggling to get me into the bathroom to shower up before bed. I played hard all day and was dirty and sweaty and where the sweat had dried, it was crusty. Yea, it was that bad. I think I’d go a couple days if my Mom would have let me.
Thanks Mom that you didn’t!
I was reminded of this childhood memory as I read Hebrews 9:1-10 this morning. I encourage you to read this passage! The author intricately reminds the readers of how the regulations were in the Tabernacle. He reminds them of the daily tasks that had to be taken care of inside such as the bread being replaced, lighting the lamps, burning incense, and the once a year occasion of bringing in sacrificial blood for both the priest and the people. This continued year after year, indicating that this was temporary, and yet, foreshadowed the permanent work that Christ has now completed through His shed blood.
There are no regulations that we can follow that will clear our conscience. Although these regulations in the Old Testament regarding the Tabernacle made the people ceremonially clean, the conscience was still plagued with guilt. John MacArthur says of our conscience :
“The conscience is a divinely given warning device that reacts to sin and produces accusation and guilt that cannot be relieved apart from the work of Christ”
No regulation can clean that dirt up. Only the continual work of Christ and our obedience does that. It’s a lot like having a shower follow us around all day long, leaving us never needing to take a shower on a daily basis. We are made clean through His permanent work, not through any regulation we can follow.
Can we get dirty again (sin)? Sure. God doesn’t force that shower on us. We have free will to either stay inside the shower of His grace or stray out of it and roll around in the filth. But the take-home is this: While we daily need to take a shower to keep our physical bodies clean, we don’t have to go through the same regulations to keep our conscience clean and guilt free. God continually provides the shower of His grace and mercy, through His Son, from the time we get up to the time we lay down, all without regulation. We simply have to claim it.
A little note before I sign off here. The devil likes to steal this from you by bringing up your past. Remind him rather promptly, that God said,
“For I will be merciful to their iniquities (their sins) And I will remember their sins no more” Hebrews 8:12 NASB
I remembered to turn (claiming it) on my shower of Grace and Mercy this morning…did you?