Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 35 Day 5

Our reading challenge for the day is Hebrews 6-10. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Hebrews 6 - We leave ‘elementary doctrine” and push on. The author observes that it is horrible to consider those who know the Gospel and fall away. We do want to read verses 4-6 in light of Jesus’ frequent calls to all who would hear that they should turn to him. This maturity we seek is life in the promises of God.

Hebrews 7 - Jesus is himself the priest like Melchizedek, the one greater than Abraham, the king of peace and righteousness forever. Jesus is the one who makes us able to approach God.

Hebrews 8 - Jesus is our priest, at the right hand of God. He is the one who makes the faultless new covenant with Israel, putting God’s law into their hearts.

Hebrews 9 - The old Holy Place in the tabernacle and temple was replaced by Jesus, the new Holy Place, able to enter by his own blood and purify sins eternally. All the worship prior to Jesus was symbolic of him, pointing to Jesus’ full and final redemption for mankind.

Hebrews 10 - The Law cannot make permanent forgiveness. If it could we would not have made offerings after offerings. Jesus gave himself once for all, permanently. This gives us confidence that we have complete forgiveness. As a result, we strive to avoid sin. After all, forgiven people should walk in that forgiveness.

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