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Jesus: Great High Priest!

Scripture reading for October 19th:  Hebrews 4

The Old Testament Jews failed to enter the rest of faith because of unbelief.  They hardened their hearts and disobeyed God and did not enter the promised land by resting in faith in God’s promises.  They tried to achieve favor with God through works of their own and keeping the Law.  They did not simply trust in the promise of God.

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God:  for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.  Let us , therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”  (Hebrews 4:9-11)  Jesus Christ is our Sabbath-rest.  He finished the work necessary for salvation and offered His blood, once for all.  All who believe in Him will be saved and enter His rest.

“Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who had been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:14-16)  We can rest in confidence that Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, will give us the mercy and grace we need to find rest in His promises!  We can ask boldly and receive!

 

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Sin’s deceitfulness

Scripture reading for November 1st: Hebrews 3:1-19

“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.  He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was faithful in all of God’s house.  … Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future.  But Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s house.” (Hebrews 3:1-2, 5-6a)

Jesus is the focus of all true believers.  When we put our faith in Jesus Christ to save us, we are adopted into God’s family and become ‘holy brothers’ with Jesus, the Son of God.  (Romans 8:14-15)  (Galatians 3:26)  Jesus was appointed by His Father to the roles He obediently assumed.  The Son of God was obedient and faithful to His calling.  In fixing our thoughts on Jesus, we can grow in our worship and understanding of who He is and who we are in Him!

The writer to the Hebrews was contrasting Jesus with Moses.  Moses, being picked by God, was faithful to lead God’s people out of slavery and through the desert for forty years. This journey should not have taken forty years.  The sin of unbelief caused the people to turn back and die in the desert!  Jesus Christ was and is God’s Son, holding a position of greater honor than Moses!  Jesus is leading us to Father’s house!

“So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert,. . See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at the first.” (Hebrews 3:7, 12-14)  The Hebrews had not listened to God speaking through Moses during the Exodus.  They had let their flesh turn their hearts back to Egypt and this kept them from entering the promised land.  The sin was failure to trust God to bring them into their land!  Jesus promises to take us in–Today!   We must continue to pay close attention and follow Him to Glory!

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