24
Aug
11

How To Obtain A Godly Pardon

When I read the Law, I sometimes stop and wonder how anyone could ever keep all of it.  We know that only one man was ever faithful to the Law completely – Jesus Christ.  Fortunately, God’s grace overcomes the rule of Law, as we see in a very clear example.

A very large crowd of people assembled in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month.  They removed the altars in Jerusalem and cleared away the incense altars and threw them into the Kidron Valley.

They slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed and consecrated themselves and brought burnt offerings to the temple of the LORD.  Then they took up their regular positions as prescribed in the Law of Moses the man of God. The priests sprinkled the blood handed to them by the Levites.  Since many in the crowd had not consecrated themselves, the Levites had to kill the Passover lambs for all those who were not ceremonially clean and could not consecrate their lambs to the LORD.  Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone who sets his heart on seeking God—the LORD, the God of his fathers—even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.”  And the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.  — 2 Chronicles 30:13-20

Though the Bible was clear on the rules of cleanness and purification for Passover (Exodus 12), Hezekiah’s appeal to the Lord to overlook this rule was granted by God.  The lesson here – the way to obtain pardon from God is to seek Him in prayer.  I wonder – does this example answer the old question, “If you are on your way to the church to get baptized for forgiveness of sins, and you are killed in an accident, will you still be saved?”  We should remember that God is ultimately in control, not the Law – and He can grant grace whenever he wishes.

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