“The Great Exchange”: We get to exchange our failures for His perfect obedience, our sin for His righteousness. If we have accepted Christ as our Savior and He lives in us, then God’s faithfulness, mercy and righteousness are ours!
Nehemiah 10 & 11
The Great Exchange
Nehemiah 10 & 11:
Not by Our Righteousness
As I read chapter 10 and all that the people covenanted to do, I was wondering how often we stop to think about and praise God for the fact that we are now under grace!
28 Now the rest of the people—the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding— 29 these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes.
Notice “a curse and an oath.” They didn’t just expect God to bless them if they kept the covenant, but they accepted the curses of disobedience.
They went on to list all their responsibilities to not intermarry or allow their children to intermarry, to keep all the feasts and religious holidays, to tithe, pay the temple taxes, and give other offerings, to serve God, and to obey all the law.
Paul said the law was “… our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Gal. 3.24). The law, which was impossible to keep completely, pointed to the fact that we can’t be saved by our own righteousness and law keeping and helped us see our need for a Savior.
Jesus Christ who was tempted in all ways as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4.15), was the only one who kept the law perfectly. When we accept Him as our Savior we take part in a “Great Exchange.” Continue reading