Hope for today: Blessed and rejoice

HopeBlessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:10-12

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milk or solid food

Hebrews 5.11-14

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14

As we continue to seek God’s face as we read the Book of Hebrews, we come to the instruction and warning above. I thought I would go ahead and post the Scriptures and give you opportunity to read and make comment if so led by the Lord.

I apologize for my sudden absence…it is kind of hard to cough, sneeze, feel like a wet dish rag and type. 🙂  I will have a comment or two just as soon as the Lord permits.

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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 5.8

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!

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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.
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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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Hope for today: worship the Lord

HopeThen Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Matthew 4:10

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Hope for today: sow and reap

HopeBut this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

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The throne of grace

Hebrews 4.16

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. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16

These verses are so refreshing, so encouraging, and so very hopeful. They are like a breath of fresh air in the midst of so much turmoil and pain. There is hope…promised hope guaranteed by God Himself.

The hope of a High Priest who is able to identify with our weaknesses and struggles, who  has been tempted in every respect as we are and yet without sin. Do you see it?

The blessing, the benefit of holding fast to our confession and confidence (3:6)? There is a Throne of Grace and our Loving Savior sits on that Throne to minister mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. You just have to excuse me because this is a “Shout-now, Hallelujah!”

Tell me who is it that does not mercy (not giving us what we deserve) and grace (giving us what we don’t deserve) as we work out our salvation in fear and trembling? As true believers, we are given the great privilege of running to Jesus without fear of rejection or judgment but with confidence in His compassion for His own. He says bring it all right here, every weight, every sin, every trial, every hurt, every need, every care…cast it all right here for I care for you (1 Peter 5:12). Be still and know that I Am God (Psalm 46:10)!

It is a promise not to reject or chastise us but to pour out grace upon grace (John 1:16). “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace (John 1:16).” God is able. Nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 18:27). He has promised to meet our need, And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).”

The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in His love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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Hope for today: help comes from the Lord

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I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

 

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Wisdom Wednesday

2 Peter 2.10

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today’s focus is “diligence.” Hebrews 4 encourages us, “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.” I pray that today’s Scriptures and images will encourage us to practice diligence in every aspect of our lives to the glory of God and our blessing and benefit.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

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The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
But diligence is man’s precious possession. Proverbs 12:27

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Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

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Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless… 2 Peter 3:14

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He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich. Proverbs 10:4

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Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord…Romans 12:10-11

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Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.”

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