Hebrews 6:13-20 God’s Promise

One of God’s visual reminders of His covenant promise.

Today’s reading focuses on God’s promises. What He says, you can believe. He cannot lie and there is none higher than Him.

Being our author it writing to Jewish believers, he uses one of their greatest faith examples; that of Abraham. All of his readers can recount this story but they may not have thought of it in the same terms he presents it to them now. He focuses on surety of God’s promise.

We all make promises but not all of them are created equal. Some of the examples that come to my mind are the “pinky swear”, “pie crust promises”, “solemn promise”, “vows”, “covenants” and “contracts.” I’m sure I missed a few. The point is this; with each of these promises there is an understanding of strength of commitment between the two parties. To a child, you can’t get more serious that the “pinky swear” or “cross your heart” promise. But even that ultimate childhood promise is only as good as the persons making it. Read more »

Hebrews 5:11-6:12 If God Permits

Start with the basics but move on from there to maturity. Then you can instruct others in the basics too.

Today our author scolds his audience for not moving beyond the basics of the faith. He wants to take them further in the word but he has to follow God’s leading and timetable. They will get to the “solid food” of the word, if God permits.

How many times have you heard, or even said yourself, “You ought to be big enough to know…”? We all learn concepts sequentially. I remember watching as my children learned to dress themselves. It was comical at times when items of clothing were worn incorrectly, but at least they were trying. At some point though they all learned how to fully dress themselves, including putting their shoes on the right feet and tying them.

Barring any extreme illness or mental status change, once learned, you don’t have to relearn how to dress yourself. They have the basics and they can go on building on that foundation. They can even help their younger brothers and sisters learn the basics too. Read more »

Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Our High Priest

Because He willingly did one He was appointed the other.

Today we see just why Jesus is called our High Priest. He didn’t appoint Himself to this position, God did. And He is able to identify with our struggles because He also went through those struggles Himself.

When God first set the nation of Israel up with rules and regulations He inaugurated the priesthood. The first priest and high priest was Aaron; Moses’ brother. Aaron didn’t seek out this position, God told Moses who to choose. Aaron had been serving beside Moses as they spoke to Pharaoh. They stood together, Moses and Aaron, and proclaimed each of the coming judgements on Egypt.

Aaron and his sons were called by God to serve in the new position of priesthood once the Israelites had crossed into the wilderness. I’m really not sure why God chose this group/family for this purpose. When Jacob blesses his sons right before his death he made Read more »

Hebrews 3:7-4:13 A Matter of The Heart

Relationship over rules ANY day!

Our author compares the Hebrew children who left Egypt with the new believers. Where were their hearts pointed?

I have often wondered how the people who witnessed so MANY miraculous works of God could still not follow Him. The group of people I am specifically pointing out are those who left Egypt with Moses. They were present for all ten of the plagues God sent. They watched as Pharaoh’s armies were drowned in the Red Sea. They themselves had just walked across that sea ON DRY LAND! Read more »

Hebrews 3:1-6 Moses Outdone

EVERY knee shall bow to Jesus. Even the heroes of old.

Our author is going to rock some Jewish minds! The Jewish faith puts Moses on a pedestal for his contributions to their history and faith. Now our author tells this group that Jesus is higher than Moses.

Moses was one of the most revered men in Jewish history and in the Jewish faith. Our author is not disputing that fact but is putting Moses in his proper place; UNDER Jesus. “Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant… but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a Son” (verses 5a, 6a). Read more »