Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! Hebrews 7:25, “He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them,” has long been one of my favorite verses. The verse has always spoke to the sufficiency of the Holy, Righteous, Pure and Perfect God. Today, we are blessed to read the Word and quotes regarding this blessed verse. May you be blessed indeed as you give glory to the One who paid it all, our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ!Uttermost3Uttermost 13Uttermost 8Uttermost 11Uttermost 12uttermost-2.jpguttermost-1.jpgUttermost 2Uttermost 9Uttermost 5Uttermost 15Uttermost 16Uttermost 6

 

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the high priest

Hebrews 5.1

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
Hebrews 5:1-4

We continue in the Book of Hebrews to know that Jesus is the Superior One. Superior to angels, prophets, Moses, and now the priesthood of the Old Testament including Aaron, the high priest. Can  you imagine what shock and righteous indignation some of the Jews was experiencing that Jesus would be declared to be greater than Moses, Aaron and the Old Covenant? First, Moses and now you want us to believe that Jesus is greater than the Levitical Priesthood and Aaron?

In the Old Testament, it was the role of the high priest to represent God before man and man before God. For many of the Jews Hebrews 4:14, Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession” needed a little more explanation.

As I have stated before, I am no theologian or Christian apologetist but I have read that the Levitical priesthood had 24 different ranks of priests. The writer of Hebrews will use Hebrews 5:1 through 10:39 to give that explanation so the Jews [and us] will receive the Truth of Jesus being the Holy, Righteous, Pure and Prefect Mediator between God and man. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5-6a).”

The Holy Spirit begins with helping us to understand that the Old Testament priest were men who although chosen and called by God were sinners in need of mediation themselves.  The priests had to make sacrifice for their own sin before they could offer sacrifices on the behalf of the people.

I believe these Scriptures to be so very important for us…we take so much for granted including the access we enjoy to God. Just pause and give it thought…just suppose you were not able to call out to the Father right now and have the blessed assurance that He heard your cry, that you had to take your cause to another man who would take it to the Lord for you after he makes sacrtifice for his own sin…how alarming that would be!

Our access to the Father was paid for by the blood of Jesus and may the Lord forgive us for taking His amazing grace and gift for granted, for not spending time to meditate upon the perfect sacrifice given by our Loving High Priest, for not bowing before the Living God with a heart overflowing with love and thanks, for choosing gods of our own making instead of the One True and Living God who has chosen us and paid our sin debt so we could enter in the Presence of the Holy God!

Isn’t it amazing grace that Jesus would be both the sacrifice and the Mediator!?! Oh, what a Savior!

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A High Priesthood

Hebrews 5

We are moving forward in the Book of Hebrews and I pray you will join me in reading Hebrews 5. I am asking the LORD to open His Word to our hearts  and our hearts to His Word. Thank you for joining me!

Qualifications for High Priesthood

For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.

A Priest Forever

So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:

“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”

As He also says in another place:

“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Spiritual Immaturity

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

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The Precious Word of God! Thank You, Jesus!
May you be blessed today!

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Living and powerful

Hebrews 4.12a

For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13

I am praising the Lord today for His Word…that The Living Word of God is able to cut right through the mess in my heart to defeat the enemy and I can walk in the victory in Jesus died to give me. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10″.

And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. John 17:3 AMPC

So thankful that the Word of God is not dead but lives and has the power to change the heart, to turn the heart of stone into the heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). This truth is so important because as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” The LORD is the One who knows every man’s heart and His Word is able to change it. The Word is able to penetrate the heart of man more than any two edged, sharp sword…deep into the innermost being and it exposes the heart of man.

The Word judges the thoughts, attitudes, motive, and intent of a man. This is why I often pray from Psalm 139, search me and know my heart…lay it bare. Show me the ‘Pat’ You know.  Let there me no evil unbelief in my heart. Let me not cherish sin. Give me a clean heart that loves You with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength…that I might serve You and display Your glory!

Only the Word of God teamed with the Spirit of God can pierce even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow” to reveal to man the true inner workings of his soul and spirit. There is no hiding or room for getting it twisted, verse 13 assures us that God sees us all, every heart, through and through, nothing is hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  The LORD is the Great Reveal-er  and is no respecter of persons. No one will be excluded.

What a blessing it is that God loves us so much that He deals with our hearts in this way. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:10-12}.”

The Word of God leads us in the way of repentance, renewal, and refreshment as our loving Father washes us by His Word and causes us to walk in obedient faith and claim His promises.  The Day of accounting is coming, what a joy to know that because of the Living and Powerful Word of God that transforms and keeps hearts, it is possible for us to hear the LORD say, Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master (Matthew 25:21).”

So looking forward to that Day when we will bow before the Almighty, Holy, and Righteous God and proclaim

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory,
because of Your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1

 

 

Hebrews 4.12

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Today

Hebrews 3.8Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
    on the day of testing in the wilderness,
where your fathers put me to the test
    and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
    they have not known My ways.’
11 As I swore in My wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”

On yesterday, the Lord established that when we read the Holy Bible that it is God Himself who is speaking and that every man must make a choice to believe this truth or not. Now, He speaks to tell us when that choice should be made- TODAY!

It was a Word in due season when Hebrews was written and it is a Word in due season today. As we look around our country and world we realize that  this is another “don’t rush by it Word. TODAY is the day of grace and salvation.

The Lord draws man unto Himself, His Word speaks:

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
    call on Him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for He will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:6-7

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

For He says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, NOW is the time of God’s favor, NOW is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-14

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21

“Come NOW, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Revelation 22:17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Salvation

O Heavenly Father, Hallow be Your Name! May Your Spirit fall fresh, usher in repentance, remove blinders, loose shackles, tear down strongholds, set the captive free, bring increase. Glory to Your Name! In the Name of the One Who gave His life that it would be so, Jesus the Christ! Amen!

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Hope for today: overcomers

HopeAnd they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Revelation 12:11

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Hope for today: He humbled himself

HopeIn your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage;
rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    He humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

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Consider Jesus

Hebrews3.1

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. Hebrews 3:1-2

So here we are again, looking at that word “therefore” that tells us to go back and see what the “therefore” is there for. The writer of Hebrews has just used two chapters telling his readers that Jesus is the Superior One, that Jesus is the Supreme One, and the One Sufficient for their/our need including our greatest enemies of satan, sin, and death.

The writer encourages his readers to “consider” Jesus. Give thought, gaze intently, look closely, examine what I have shared with you and come to the right conclusion. In order for us to understand what the writer was saying, we have to understand to whom he was speaking. Just like the writer of the Book of Hebrews is not known because the Lord did not include it in this Book (although most of us have our thoughts), He did not give any specifics as to the exact location of this group of people but it is generally agreed that the book is written primarily to Jews who fall into 3 groups.

  • Jewish believers – true Christians who have left Judaism and received Christ as Lord and Savior
  • Jews who have intellectual agreement but have never committed their lives to Christ, never acted on what they know
  • Jews who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ but made absolutely no response at all

When you look at these three groups, we can very quickly remove “Jewish/Jews” and but the word “People” and understand that today’s churches are filled with this same audience. Those who believe, those who have intellectual agreement without a heart change, and those who come, hear, and make no response.

Surely, this realization also causes us to pray for an intellectual only response and non-response to the Gospel is a response, it is called rejection. May they answer the Lord’s call before it is everlasting too late.

As we look at verse 1, I am just so blessed and thankful for how the Lord (He is the true writer) describes his audience, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling.” These are the people in the first group above, true believers who have repented, confessed their sins, and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior…prayerfully you and me. What joy to know that the Lord sees us as “holy,” as those who share in a “heavenly calling!” Aw come on now, that is a shout now – “Hallelujah!”

Not holy by our own works but holy by our position in Christ. Again, holy not because of our practice but because of the work Jesus did at the cross and… holy because of our position in Christ and now able to live holy to the glory of God.

And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

  • For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14
  • Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17
  • As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16

What a delight to my soul! My sins and lawless acts remembered no more for God has said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He has made those with the heavenly calling to be holy! Shout now – Hallelujah!

  • Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:3-4
  •  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

O Father, how I thank You for the grace of holiness made possible in Christ! Never, never, never would this be possible aside from Your love, grace, and mercy but in Christ all things are possible! Blessed is Your Holy Name!
In Jesus Name, we pray! Amen!

Hebrews 10.14

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Hope for today: free indeed

Hope

32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
36 Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.

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The sun and THE SON!

The Lamb of God

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

Today is the day of the total solar eclipse. The event has been described as the “Great American Eclipse” as it will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire  United States. I don’t remember the total eclipse of 1979 so I am excited to behold this great work of God.

I was planning to see this wonder and then the news reports began to talk about all the fake glasses for viewing that were being sold. It made me a little nervous because we live in such a world of deceit. A company stating that their glasses are certified really doesn’t mean much. Can you trust what they say…and so we waffled back and forth as to if we would purchase them or not. We just didn’t want to take the risk because my husband experienced retina tears and multiple lasers last year and the doc says they have done all they can do . The next step is surgery. I have some dry spots. We decided to go with caution and safety and not get the glasses.

Well…we did until a few days ago when I began to say “we should have gotten the glasses just in case we changed our minds.” My husband was firm, he isn’t looking. On Friday, I moved from ‘we should have them just in case’ to I think I want to see the eclipse. By this time, there are people all over Facebook looking for them so I resolved myself to know that I am going to miss it.

Several media outlets gave instructions on how to make your own viewer out of a cereal box but I have to work and to be honest pride got in the way of my making one to take to work with me. 🙂 I am just going to miss the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

Our Pastor included in his observations on yesterday, the dangers of looking at the eclipse without the proper glasses with a warning that the damage could be irreversible. I am sitting there thinking, “not me, I am going to miss it.” BUT GOD…when our Pastor finished, his wife spoke up and said, “we have one extra pair if anyone wants them.”  My husband spoke right behind her and said “we will take them.” My husband told me right after church, “I got them for you as I know you want to see it.” Praise God! YAY!!!

How great is our God to grant this desire of my heart to behold His glory through this eclipse. But even greater, I am reminded of HIS GREAT GLORY at another time when there was darkness in the land…

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” Luke 23:44-47

Hallelujah and Amen! The darkest day ever as the Father and Son was separated as the Holy, Righteous Son of God and Son of Man was slain to make atonement for our sins.  Three days later the greatest victory ever came forth as Jesus resurrected from the grave with all power in His hand. The veil was torn from top to bottom by God opening the way of access into His presence for whosoever will come.

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry when He was coming toward him John the Baptist declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)!”

Surely, this eclipse should cause each of us to pause in the midst of the awe and wonder to give our God praise and thanks for the day the sun was darkened when Jesus shed His blood as our Sacrificial Lamb and our access was opened to the Holy Presence of the one True and Living God.
May we just not think of ourselves as we pray but also ask the Father to draw our love ones and all who do not know Him to enter into eternal life through Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).

There is another day coming when the sun will not shine. This one I absolutely will not miss because of Jesus’ “it is finished” work at the cross. Such amazing love, grace, and mercy and I bow before Him to give praise, honor, and thanks that I have entered in. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain but Jesus washed it white as snow!

The New Jerusalem

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” Revelation 21:9-11,22-23

The directions that come with the glasses state, “Limited to 3 minutes continuous use, intermittently for several hours.” So very blessed as the Lord writes this post as I know that I have so many things to whisper to my God as I behold His glorious majesty this day! Blessed is His Holy Name! How about you?

Revelation 21.23

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