#586 – A Substitute Sacrifice (Exodus 24:8) - Radical

#586 – A Substitute Sacrifice (Exodus 24:8)

Hi. This is David Platt. I want to thank you for praying God’s Word with us through this podcast. I want to let you know that this next series of Pray the Word is going to be a little different from what you may be used to as far as just taking a book of the Bible and going chapter by chapter successively, one after the other. I want to give you a little context about what this next 10 months or so of Pray the Word is going to look like.

The church that I have the privilege of pastoring, McLean Bible Church in greater Washington DC, is going to be reading and studying through the story of scripture together this year. We’re going to start in Genesis 1 and we’re going to walk through a Bible reading plan that’s six days a week where we will cover the story of scripture chronologically. We’ll go from Genesis to Revelation, but along the way we will be looking at different parts of the Bible as they appear in time to try to see how the story of scripture fits together.

The Bible reading plan has about one or two chapters a day. For Pray the Word, what I’m going to do is take one verse from that day’s reading and let it lead us to pray accordingly, and the next day do the same, and the next day. What that means is we won’t hit every chapter in the Bible, so over the course of this Bible reading plan we won’t read every single chapter in scripture. We will be hitting select texts and they will be in chronological order, so not necessarily in the order in which we see them in our Bible for example in the table of contents.

I hope it’ll be helpful for you as you track along. You’re obviously welcome to join in the Bible reading plan that we’re walking through if you’d like. I certainly don’t want to pull you away from anything you and your local church are doing. But if you don’t have a Bible reading plan, you can download this one at Radical.net/Biblereadingplan. Again, that’s Radical.net/Biblereadingplan. You can journey with us through the story of scripture.

Six days a week, Pray the Word will be on a different part of this story of scripture as we walk through it together. Then on the seventh day, what I’ll do is take a proverb and we’ll just word successively through different proverbs for that seventh day over the course of this 10 months. My hope is after walking through this kind of series in Pray the Word over 10 months, we will have literally prayed through the story of scripture in a way that I hope will help serve the church I pastor, for those of you who are part of McLean Bible Church, as we walk through the story of scripture or for those who want to join in. Then even if you’re not reading through this Bible reading plan together, I hope this will be an encouragement for you to pray through the story of scripture.

That’s the plan over the next 10 months or so of Pray the Word. Six days a week, we’ll be walking through the story of scripture, and seventh day will be letting a proverb drive us to prayer. I look forward to seeing what God does in and through our hearts as we pray through his story of redemption from cover to cover in the Bible.

“And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, Behold, the blood of the covenant the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
(Exodus 24:8)

It’s quite a picture. When you think about it, you put yourself in the audience so to speak at Moses throws out this blood over the people as a picture of how this covenant with God, the holy God of the universe making a covenant with sinful people, is only possible because of the sacrifice of another.

The blood of Christ has sealed the New Covenant. Thanks be to God that we are made clean in Christ and are united to Him forever.

Blood shed. Now, why is that? Well, think about it. The payment for sin is what? Death. In order to be saved from the payment for sin, someone has to die. In order for the justice of God to be shown, death must be doled out. This is a picture that we see all throughout the Old Testament that’s obviously setting the stage for Jesus to come in the New Testament, because we deserve death for our sin, yet Jesus died as a substitute sacrifice for us, and it’s his blood that makes covenant with God, relationship with God. All his good promises toward us possible. It’s only possible through blood.

That’s why then when it comes to the celebration of the new covenant in our worship gatherings as a church, what do we do? We take bread and a cup, and we remember when his body was given, when Jesus’s blood was shed. Thankfully, as a pastor and as a people on Sunday morning, we don’t throw blood on each other, but we do remind each other that it’s only by the blood of Jesus that we are in covenant relationship with God, meaning all of his promises to us are a reality. All of his promises of salvation, and goodness, and grace, and love, and provision, and protection, and on and on and on, his covenant with us is totally based on the blood that Jesus shed. Jesus has given us a picture of that week after week after week in our worship when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Jesus, right now we bow our hearts before you and we praise you for your blood. We praise you for paying the price of sin that we deserve to pay. We praise you for taking our payment upon yourself. We praise you for dying on the cross as our substitute sacrifice. We will not forget. We will remember as we worship that we are worshiping, O God, only because of the blood of Jesus, only because of his blood. We will praise you constantly for the blood of Jesus. We will praise you as we sin and we confess our sins, because we know we have forgiveness from you through the blood of Jesus. All glory be to your name, Jesus, for shedding your blood for our sins.

We pray that you would help us to make this good news known. Help us to tell others about your blood, about your payment for sin on their behalf, others right around us, others around the world. God, we pray today for the North Hausa in Nigeria. I think about people I know, friends I have who are working among the Hausa in Nigeria. God, please bless their work for the spread of the gospel to the Hausa in Nigeria, Muslim people who right now have little to no knowledge of the gospel, but there’s a few believers there and there’s missionaries working there. God, please, please, please bring more and more and more people into covenant relationship with you among the Hausa in Nigeria through the blood of Jesus.

God, we praise you for the blood of Jesus. We pray that you would help us to spread the good news of his sacrifice right around us and around the world among people like the Hausa for your glory in covenant relationship with sinners saved by Jesus’s blood. In his name we pray, amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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