Arise, My Soul: Your Sin Is Blotted Out (2016-0911)

ROOTS: The Hymns of Charles Wesley
09/11/2016 Christ Mountain Top
Hebrews 10.12-22 (Message)
Isaiah 6.1-8 (Kids)
Psalm 65, p 789-790, with sung response

ROOTS: The Hymns of Charles Wesley
      one of the great writers (lyricist) of sacred songs in history
      not because of great poetry, but
            sheer volume of output
            powerful use of biblical themes

      Purpose of ROOTS series, and this in particular
            staying connected to our tradition
Jaroslav Pelikan: Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living; tradition is the living faith of the dead.
            growing as worshipers

First published in the 1742 as “Behold the Man”
      Focus on the cross of Christ, particularly the blood of Jesus
      With the original title, Pilate’s presentation of Jesus, John 19.5

First encountered in an 1883 Baptist Hymnal

My Scripture associations with this hymn:
      Isaiah 6.1-8
            In the temple for worship
            Vision of the LORD’s glory
                  John 12.41 – Isaiah has a vision of JESUS!
            Undone: “I’m melting”
            Unclean – pardon from the altar

      Hebrews 10.12-22
            How can we approach God, enter the sanctuary?
            Worship – eligible? Safe?
            “with confidence I now draw nigh”
            Because of the altar/cross, the veil/his flesh

Both passages deal with the same problem: How can we, imperfect as we are, approach the perfect God and both live and be heard and known and loved? That is, are we truly forgiven? Because we all know what it is like to want to be forgiven, but to have that gift withheld.

“Spitting” on my friend (blowing raspberries)
      I’m sorry! Can’t say it enough
      Isaiah: Oy! Woe is me!
      Lady MacBeth: “Out, out damn spot!”
Next time we meet: can I look her in the eye without fear?

Two metaphors in the Bible:
Thrones of ancient rulers:
      Pilate sits on his “throne”, a “judgment seat”
      Our God’s throne is, instead, a “mercy seat”
      Blood that speaks:
            To Cain: Your brother’s blood cries out to me …
            Lady MacBeth: Blood was speaking!
            Hebrews 12.24,
“the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel”

“I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more” (10.17)
“by a single offering, he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” (10.14)
“your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out” (Isaiah 6.7)

Hebrews 10:22  let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
      “Shake off thy guilty fears”

            Charles Wesley (lyrics), Lewis Edson (music)
Arise, my soul, arise;
shake off thy guilty fears:
The bleeding Sacrifice
in my behalf appears.
Before the throne my Surety stands,
Before the throne my Surety stands,
my name is written on his hands.

He ever lives above,
for me to intercede;
his all-redeeming love,
his precious blood to plead.
His blood atoned for all our race,
His blood atoned for all our race,
and sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds he bears,
received on Calvary;
they pour effectual prayers,
they strongly plead for me.
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

The Father hears him pray,
his dear Anointed One;
he cannot turn away
the presence of his Son.
His Spirit answers to the blood,
His Spirit answers to the blood,
and tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled;
his pardoning voice I hear;
he owns me for his child,
I can no longer fear.
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And, “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.


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