Hope for today: do not repay evil

HopeFinally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,

“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  1 Peter 3:10-12


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Hope for today: give

Hope In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35

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Hope for today: consider others


Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Romans 12 14:16

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THE High Priest!

Hebrews 5.8

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. Hebrews 5:5-11

The Holy Spirit wants us to understand that Jesus did not begin His priestly role on His own but that He was in fact called by God. We find two quotes from Scripture to support this truth:

I will tell of the decree: the Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Psalm 2:7

The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever  after the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4

Jesus is a Priest forever and of a special order. Why is Jesus greater than the the Old Testament Levitical priest which God ordained? Because Aaron and every priest after him died and someone succeeded them. Jesus was not a priest of Aaron’s order for He died but resurrected. His sacrifice of Himself was acceptable to the Father.

Jesus was not of the order of Aaron but of the order of Melchizedek. We will learn more of Melchizedek in chapter 7 but he was both priest and King and was a picture of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is High Priest and King forever.

The Holy Spirit gives witness that Jesus offered Himself as the Lamb sacrificed for man’s sin, defeating every enemy as He resurrected from the dead. Despite being God’s Son  Jesus was called to suffer and learned the meaning of obedience to the fullest degree through that suffering. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” 

“The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever. 25 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.
26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a High Priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, since He did this once for all when He offered up Himself.
28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever (Hebrews 7:23-28).”

I wanted to highlight some key words and phrases in the Scripture above but every word of it is important and gives the blessing of joy with thanksgiving…so I just encourage you to read it slowly and talk to THE High Priest as you do! O what a Savior!

Hebrews 7.24Hebrews 7.25Hebrews 7.28

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Be diligent

Hebrews 4.11
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
12 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. Hebrews 4:11-12

The writer once again gives instruction with a warning…be diligent: pay close attention to entering the rest of the Lord…take earnest heed and drift not away.

Pay attention to the Word of God, believe it and enter into the rest of the Lord by faith.

This is one of those, “don’t get it confused” warnings. The Lord warns that His Word has the power to penetrate the heart of man. The Word will let us know if we are people of faith. Why pay attention to the Word? Because “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).” This is why 2 Corinthians 13:5 warns us, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”

The test is administered by the Spirit of God according to the Word of God. The Word reveals sin and unbelief. The Psalmists cried out to the Lord:

Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

The following verses from Matthew’s Gospel comes to my mind and heart:

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23

Every man breathing has reason to be diligent to enter the rest of the Lord as He hears, applies, and obeys the Word of God. Trust in not automatic. It must be properly fed, cared for, and lived out. Let us not neglect our salvation, our Savior, His Word or His Spirit.

Psalm 139.23-24

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Hope for today: wisdom and understanding

HopeBy wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Proverbs 24:3-6

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Hope for today: a Friend

HopeOne who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
John 15:15

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Hope for today: FORGIVE

Hope…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

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Hope for today: run with perseverance

HopeTherefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

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Hope for today: serving others

HopeBut among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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