Posts Tagged ‘Hebrews’


Hebrews 8:8-12
But God found something wrong with his people and said to them, “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new promise to Israel and Judah. It will not be like the promise that I made to their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of Egypt. They rejected that promise, so I ignored them, says the Lord. But this is the promise that I will make to Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my teachings inside them, and I will write those teachings on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will each person teach his neighbors or his relatives by saying, ‘Know the Lord.’ All of them from the least important to the most important will all know me because I will forgive their wickedness and I will no longer hold their sins against them.”

Being a Jew, it must be really hard to believe that the God who made them a promise would make a different promise. For those who are taught to revere Moses and their forefathers and worship the God of Moses, changing their belief from one written on stone to one that is unseen would be a real challenge. God the Father justifies the new covenant by the acts of the people who received the first covenant stating that because they rejected the promise and therefore ignored God word. How are we who are not Jews by birth affected by God’s new promise to the Jews? Is this all just for literary purpose?

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Hebrews 7:26-28
We need a chief priest who is holy, innocent, pure, set apart from sinners, and who has the highest position in heaven. We need a priest who doesn’t have to bring daily sacrifices as those chief priests did. First they brought sacrifices for their own sins, and then they brought sacrifices for the sins of the people. Jesus brought the sacrifice for the sins of the people once and for all when he sacrificed himself. Moses’ Teachings designated mortals as chief priests even though they had weaknesses. But God’s promise, which came after Moses’ Teachings, designated the Son who forever accomplished everything that God required.

Sometimes the word of God puts us in challenging positions in terms of understanding and applying what God speaks to us through it. Today’s chapter is one of those where the concept of priesthood is challenged because God puts the ultimate test to the role. Priests existed in the Bible from the time of Aaron and continues even today in different denominations of Christianity. They had a role of being the bridge between man and God as their lives were dedicated to serving God and interceding for man to God. They communicated with God, performed sacrifices to God and did everything required as intercessors. What then is God saying to us through this passage and chapter and how does it apply to us? (more…)


Hebrews 6:17-20
God wouldn’t change his plan. He wanted to make this perfectly clear to those who would receive his promise, so he took an oath. God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot lie when he takes an oath or makes a promise. These two things can never be changed. Those of us who have taken refuge in him hold on to the confidence we have been given. We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives. This confidence goes into the [holy] place behind the curtain where Jesus went before us on our behalf. He has become the chief priest forever in the way Melchizedek was a priest.

I’ve always wondered why courts around the world ask people to promise to speak the truth and then judge them based on what they speak. Someone or the other lies when in the paddock after taking an oath and therefore the exercise of making the person promise to tell the truth seems futile. Corruption and brokenness is a reality in our world and as much as we would like to deny its existence and live in a bubble, we cannot because the truth eventually comes out in the open and it is hard to deal with. People who make promises should be able to keep them and I for one am a failure in that area. I have made a billion promises and doubt that I managed to keep any but worse still is the fact that I don’t remember any that I have made. How can we then believe that God keeps promises He made and will continue to keep them? (more…)


Hebrews 5:7-10
During his life on earth, Jesus prayed to God, who could save him from death. He prayed and pleaded with loud crying and tears, and he was heard because of his devotion to God. Although Jesus was the Son of God, he learned to be obedient through his sufferings. After he had finished his work, he became the source of eternal salvation for everyone who obeys him. God appointed him chief priest in the way Melchizedek was a priest.

Is it not shocking and outrageous that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, would actually have to bow down, plead, cry and pray to His father? Why would God bow to himself if we are to consider the Father, Son and Holy Spirit one but in 3 different forms? This humility Jesus shows is a bit too hard for most of us to comprehend and if He was as powerful as to be called God himself, why would he need to plead and cry? Couldn’t He just command and change things to suit the situation like He did with the water into wine or the blind man to whom he gave sight? What does God mean by all this and what are we expected to do? (more…)


Hebrews 3:4-6, 16-19
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. But 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… Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

Moses is considered the father of all prophets by the Jews because of the role he played in freeing the 2.5 million enslaved Israelites from the clutches of the Egyptian pharaoh and leading them to the promised land, Israel. This has brought him the love and respect of Israelites till this day and the blessing ‘may you live to be 120′ is what the Jews use till today to bless each other, a reflection of Moses’ age and accomplishments. The second aspect is the followers of Moses who were ungrateful and hard hearted. They complained from the moment they left Egypt, rebelled continually as they journeyed with Moses, were punished by God to death and still some fell away. What do these stories have for us today and what is God saying to us? (more…)


Hebrews 2:14-18
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

I’ve been a loud participant of the debate that fought against the concept of God, our need for a God and the futility of our backward minds in falling prey to historic myths quoted in the Bible. In this dark world where survival of the fittest is the theme, the need for God was accounted for as equal to holding a lucky charm and hoping for hope’s sake that it worked. Being good, doing good and feeling good were fictions of fertile imagination because no one really cared and therefore I preached self-reliance and making a future for one’s self rather than being told what to do. One day in the not so distant past, I was met by this very God who changed my heart and mind forever and suddenly everything made sense and life had a purpose and I had a goal. I found that I was not alone and that many like me were riveted by this great God who was not a myth but a reality, more real than I am as a human. Are you like me one who wonders if any of this is true or are you one of us who found the truth? (more…)