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Our faithful High Priest!

Scripture reading for October 31st: Hebrews 2:1-18

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1)   The writer of Hebrews is addressing those Jews who have suffered great persecution and are being tempted to return to their old ways of Judaism.   God spoke in the past to the nation of Israel through the prophets, but now He is speaking to this generation and during these last days to us all through His Son.  If we don’t listen carefully and hear the truth of what He is saying, we will surely drift away into darkness!

“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?  This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.  God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” (Hebrews 2:3-4)  We can learn about this salvation by listening to the Lord and those who actually heard Him in person.  God is also speaking now confirming their word with signs, miracles and spiritual gifts.  God will hold us accountable for what we have heard and seen.

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9)  Jesus created the world and all that the universe contained.  God sent Him to become a man and share in man’s suffering and death.  Because of Jesus’ perfect obedience, He tasted death for all men and was raised in glory.  He delivered us from our fear of death by taking our punishment for sin.   He is our brother and calls us who trust in Him ‘brothers’.

“For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)  Jesus’ death destroyed the devil’s power to hold men in fear!  Now Jesus has offered His blood as our faithful High Priest  to atone for our sins.  He is a man who has suffered and can intercede for us.  We must not drift away from these truths!

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Sunday Rest and Reflection–Patience

As I read this book of Joshua and think about what he faced in his lifetime, I am reminded of my need for patience.  Patience takes strength and courage.  When you know what the Lord has said and nobody around you is listening or walking in faith it is hard to have patience.  When all around you grumble and complain and see only the problems, it’s hard to be positive and not loose your temper.

Joshua had to wait 40 years to enter his inheritance.  He saw it as one of the spies and understood from God’s Word that He it belonged to them.  He knew that God would help them with the walled cities and the giants.  He had a good attitude and a good confession.  He tore his clothes and pleaded with the people when they rebelled at Kadesh. (Numbers 14:5-9) He faithfully served Moses for the 40 years of wandering.  He was a good second man to Moses.   You never see him trying to usurp authority or grab anything for himself.  He walked with those who were destined to die in the wilderness and kept his focus.  He was so faithful that he was chosen by God to lead Israel after Moses’s departure.  The Bible tells us that the first requirement of a steward is that they be found faithful!  (1st Corinthians 4:2)  Joshua was faithful through the hard times and patient to wait until God’s time came for him to enter and possess his inheritance.

As you take time to rest and pray today, thank God for his faithfulness in sending His son Jesus Christ!  He is our Joshua.  He keeps a good attitude even when we whine and complain.  He walks with us faithfully.  He kept God’s Word perfectly and is the only one who can take us into the “promised land’!  He took the lowest place of a servant and God exhalted Him to the hightest place of authority.  His patience with us is amazing!  What courage and strength it took for Him to save us!  Are you letting patience have it’s perfect work in your life today?  Have a great day of rest and refreshing!  Remember to gather with others of faith and worship the Lord!  God bless you!  Pastor John

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