“Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” (Proverbs 20:9). Each of us knows, that, however well we may do when compared to our own defective standards, when compared to the standard of absolute perfection, we fall woefully and willfully short. And would it not be absurd to suppose that a perfect God would not hold all His creation to a perfect standard? How could He do otherwise? But does that mean that there is no hope for rebellious humanity? Thank God, that is not the case! Instead, He has provided a solution!
Last week we saw the demand God makes of all mankind: perfect righteousness, perfect obedience to His holy law. This demand is hardly surprising, since a perfectly holy God could not be expected to tolerate imperfection in His creatures, much less the high treason that takes place when any human being decides that he knows better than God and chooses to go his own way. The question then follows: does mankind fulfill this demand? Or does he daily, even hourly, break the law of God and act as a law unto himself?
A perfect God can require nothing less from His creatures than perfect obedience. Were they to fail even in the slightest degree, God’s perfection would demand that He punish them! What then, will be the punishment for mankind, who has repeatedly offended God’s majesty to His face? How could God possibly pardon man? How could he reconcile a people to Himself? Is there any solution to this dilemma? In this three part series we will look at the Old Testament, where we see God’s demand set forth as He commands righteousness and justice, man’s dilemma explained as He fails to obey, and God’s solution presented as He calls upon His people to base their trust on Him and His glorious plan.
First of all, God’s demand is set forth.