Category: Hebrews

The Crown of Life

Scripture reading for October 31st:  Jeremiah 27-29, James 1

Key Scriptures:  James 1:12-13  “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”  

James was the pastor of the church of Jesus in Jerusalem.  Most of his congregation were of Jewish background.  He encouraged them to maintain their faith during trials.  The trails may have included family members enticing them to come back to Judaism.  Paul warned them that God tempted no man, but desires come from within and sin is acting on the desires.  Sin would lead to death, contrary to God’s good plan of salvation through faith.

Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”    

Prayer:  Thank You Lord for Your good plans and encouragement from Your Word and promise of eternal reward.  Deliver me from evil, for Yours is the Kingdom, power and glory forever!  Amen.

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Strengthened through Grace!

Scripture reading for October 30th:  Jeremiah 23-26, Hebrews 13

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 13:7-9  “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God.  Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.”  

The writer of Hebrews concludes his letter with an encouragement to the believers to remember and obey and imitate their leaders.  Their main Leader, Jesus Christ, was unchangeable!  Godly living was through the grace found in Jesus Christ, not in what a person ate or in strange teachings.

Jeremiah 23:18  “For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord to see and to hear His Word, or who has paid attention to His Word and listened?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for godly leaders who stand in the council of the Lord and teach His Word.  May I pay attention and listen.  Amen.

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His Unshakable Kingdom!

Scripture reading for October 29th:  Jeremiah 20-22, Hebrews 12

Scripture reading:  Hebrews 12:25-29  “See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.  For if they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject Him who warns from heaven.  At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”  . . .”Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”  

God spoke to His people in the Old Testament from the cloud and the fire of Mt. Sinai and in the New Testament through Jesus Christ, God’s Son and final Word from God in Heaven.  The earth shook at Mt. Sinai and God promises that He will shake the earth once more at the return of Jesus Christ for His Church.  His people receive an “unshakable Kingdom,” but those who have rejected His Word will be shaken out!

Jeremiah 20:13  “Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord!  For He has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me to proclaim Your Word to those in the world who have not heard His voice.  I worship You with reverence and awe for Your great mercy and deliverance!  Amen.

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Faith’s vision!

Scripture reading for October 26th:  Jeremiah 16-19, Hebrews 11

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 11:13-16  “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  . . .But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.”  

All the great men and women of faith from the Old Testament saw in their spirits the fulfillment of God’s promises.  They never experienced the fulfillment while on earth, but died in anticipation of a heavenly country where God was King.  God, seeing their faith, has prepared a Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem, just for these faithful, and all who trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 17:12-13  “A glorious throne set on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.  O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You shall be put to shame; those who turn away from You shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of Living Water.”  

Prayer:  Lord, my soul sees Your promises and truth and longs for the coming of Jesus Christ and His righteous rule.  Come, Lord Jesus!  Amen.

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God’s Faithful Word!

Scripture reading for October 25th:  Jeremiah 13-15, Hebrews 10

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 10:23-27 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  For if we go on sinning deliberately, after receiving a knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.”

God honors faithfulness and application of truth revealed.  Christians have a great responsibility to live in obedience and hold Christ’s return in their thinking and actions.   God is faithful and also just!  Willful sinning when the knowledge of God’s truth has been received will bring judgment and eternal loss.  What a joy to delight in His Word!

Jeremiah 15:16  “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words  became to me a joy and delight of my heart, for I am called by Your Name, O Lord, God of Hosts.” 

 Prayer:  Lord, Thank You for Your faithfulness and Holy Word of encouragement and warning.  May I always delight in Your Word and be called by Your great Name!  Amen.

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Steadfast Love and Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 24th:  Jeremiah 9-12, Hebrews 9

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 9:24, 27-28  “For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. . . “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.”

Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, entered the actual Holy of Holies in heaven.  He took the ultimate sacrifice, His own blood to atone for our sins.  He is coming back to earth again a second time, not to deal with sin again, but to save completely those who are trusting in Him!  What wisdom God and Christ have revealed to all who will hear!

Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says the Lord:  “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your mercy to me to personally pay for my sins with Your own blood.  Thank You for revealing Your mercy to me!  Amen.

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Jesus enthroned!

Scripture reading for October 23rd:  Jeremiah 6-8, Hebrews 8

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 8:1-2 “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a High Priest, One who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a Minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.”

Hebrews was written to Jewish believers who understood the Old Testament and God’s law.  They were used to going through the priesthood of Aaron to cover sins with a sacrifice of animal blood.  But Jesus Christ shed His own blood and offered it in the true “Holy of Holies” in heaven on our behalf.  His work done, He is enthroned with the Father at His right hand.  Hallelujah!  Because He intercedes for us, we can stand before His throne!

Jeremiah 7:9-10  “Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’–only to go on doing all these abominations?” 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for delivering me from sins and their penalty.  Now I am free to worship and serve You alone, the enthroned King of Kings! Amen!

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The Perfect Mediator!

Scripture reading for October 22nd: Jeremiah 2-5, Hebrews 7

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 7:23-25  “The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever.  Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” 

The writer of Hebrews shows that Jesus is the perfect High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek.  His priesthood is eternal and He always lives to make intercession for those who come to God through Him.  In fact, He is the only Mediator between God and man!  We are thankful, because all of us humans need a Mediator because we have all sinned!  Our Mediator, Jesus, will keep us safe when the end comes!

Jeremiah 5:30-31  “An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:  the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; My people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your eternal intercession for me.  Help me to share Your love with those opposed to You so they won’t be condemned in the coming judgment.  Amen.

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Steadfast Confidence!

Scripture reading for October 19th:  Isaiah 64-66, Jeremiah 1, Hebrews 6

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 6:10-12  “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in service to the saints, as you still do.  And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”  

After warning them again of the dangers of falling away from Christ, the writer of Hebrews encourages them to steadfast service and full confidence in Christ and His promises.  They were to guard against sluggishness (spiritual laziness) by imitating those who set a good example of faith and patience.  God’s promises are awaiting their faithful perseverance.

Isaiah 64:8  “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You are our Potter; we are all the work of Your hand.”  

Prayer:  Lord, help me to keep my confidence in You and Your promises firm and growing.  As clay, I need You as the Potter in my daily life.  Amen.

 

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Jesus: Reverent and Obedient!

Scripture reading for October 18th:  Isaiah 60-63, Hebrews 5

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5:7-9 “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.  Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.  And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”   

Jesus Christ, our High Priest, was a man of prayer during His time on the earth.  He was reverent before His Father, learning obedience through what He suffered.  His total obedience to His Father made Him perfect as our source of eternal salvation.  He lives forever to intercede for us.

Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth as light from the Father and showing us Your glory.  Thank You for Your reverence and perfect obedience.  Help me to follow Your example.  Amen.

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