Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 23, 2014

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, And whose sins have been covered.”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 26:1-14. Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote the following verses from it.

“1 Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman. …

14 You shall make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red and a covering of porpoise skins above.” Exodus Chapter 26: Verses 1 and 14.


If we read the whole Scripture for today (all of Exodus 26:1-14), then our eyes glaze over as we are likely bored by the precise details of God’s commands for the construction of the curtains of the tabernacle. But, we later read that Moses did the work “just as the LORD commanded”):

“19 He (Moses) spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent on top of it, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.” Exodus 40:19.

And, Moses also did the other work on the tabernacle commanded in the surrounding Scripture with all of its details. “… Thus Moses finished the work.” Exodus 40:33.

“34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:34.

Yes, Moses did the work. But, the blessing occurs not because of the work, but because the red blood of Christ (symbolized in today’s Scripture by the covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red) covers our sins.

“But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,

And whose sins have been covered.

“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.” Romans 4:5-8.


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