Scripture reading for August 16th: Hebrews 7
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 7:22-28 “This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever. Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for His own sins and then for the people, since He did this once for all when He offered up Himself.“
God appointed Jesus as our high priest forever. He made an oath and swore by Himself, because there was no one greater. The Father raised His Son from the dead because of His perfect obedience and holy, separated and innocent life. Jesus offered His own body and blood as the final sacrifice for our sins. He had no need Himself as He never sinned. Jesus now lives forever and is able as our permanent high priest to make intercession for us. He is able to save us completely and keep us for God and eternal life. Jesus is seated at God’s right Hand, a place of eternal honor as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, having all power and all authority and ability to save completely all who come to Him in faith in all ages. He is worthy of all honor, glory and praise forever and ever! Amen!
Hebrews 7:21 “. . .but this One was made a priest with an oath by the One Who said to Him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever.'”
Faith confession and prayer: Father, I thank You that Your oath and Word stand true forever concerning Your Son, Jesus Christ. He is my high priest and the guarantor of the New Covenant through His resurrection from the dead. Lord, fill me with Your Spirit of holiness, innocence, separation to God and perfect obedience to the Father’s will and Word.
Hebrews 7:28 “For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priest, but the word of oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son Who has been made perfect forever.“
Scripture reading for September 30th: 1 Timothy 5, Psalm 45, Proverbs 10
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 5:17-21 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.”
Paul gave practical and scriptural advice to Timothy concerning church discipline. Elders must be properly taken care of and if accused of wrong, it must be established by two or three witnesses. Persistent sin in the life of an elder must be dealt with publicly to teach holy fear. God is impartial and church leaders must be also.
Faith Confession: I will not be partial and will seek to conduct myself in the fear of God and honor of His Holy Name. Let God be known and exalted among the nations!
Psalm 45:17 “I will cause Your Name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.”