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12/5 Hebrews 13

The writer finishes up the book of Hebrews today with many instructions in chapter 13.  Verse 5 reminds us to be content with what we have.  Just like the sermon series we just finished.  We all have been blessed so much by God.  Be content.  Also in the same verse we read some very comforting words.  Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.

5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”

7Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

9Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.

Verse 8 is a important verse to memorize.  Jesus doesn’t change.  Just like God.

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12/4 Hebrews 10-12

Chapter 11 is considered the faith chapter of the Bible.  Verse 1 should be considered the definition of faith.  Many times we only have faith in ourselves and what we can do.  We don’t have the necessary faith to believe that God will hear our prayers and answer them.

1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Chapter 11 is full of instances where people demonstrated great faith in trusting God.

7By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

17By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.

24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

30By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.

When we depart from this earth, how wonderful it would be for someone to say that we lived by faith and trusted God each and every day.

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12/3 Hebrews 7-9

The writer of Hebrews starts in chapter 7 talking about Melchizedek the High Priest of Abraham’s time.  All the high priests since Aaron were from the tribe of Levi.  But prior to Aaron there was no linage for the high priests.  In Genesis, Melchizedek was also known as the King of Salem.  A possible ancient reference to the King of Jerusalem.  Also the reference in verse 3 is very confusing.  Without beginning or end and like the Son of God he remains a priest forever

3Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.

So Jesus is the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.  Different from the linage of Aaron.

11If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. 13He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

It appears that David is talking about a future king in Psalms 110:4 when he writes:

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

Chapter 8 brings home the point that while Aaron served the tabernacle set up by man, that Jesus serves the true tabernacle set up by God.

1The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.

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12/2 Hebrews 4-6

The writer of Hebrews in chapter declares Jesus as the High Priest.  Our high priest is able to identify with our weaknesses and temptations since he also walked this earth and had to deal with the very same things we do.  He reacted much differently than we do, he did not sin during his time on earth.  We on the other hand can hardly claim that.

14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Because Jesus was without sin and because of his sacrifice, we can then do what it says in verse 16.  Approach the throne of grace and receive God’s mercy and eternal life.

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12/1 Hebrews 1-3

The writer starts the book of Hebrews with his theme of Jesus is greater than the angels.   Jesus is the heir of all things.   Jesus was with God when He created the universe and Jesus reflects the glory of God.  Jesus is greater that the angels for these reasons along plus he now sits at the right hand of God.

1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

In chapter 3 the theme is continued with Jesus is greater than Moses.  This would be a very weighty issue with the Hebrews of that time.  While Moses was declared faithful in God’s creation, Jesus is greater because he was with God during creation.

1Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 2He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. 6But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

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