Hebrews, chapter 3

11/30/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 2, 5.780

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

Jesus’ apostles encountered those attempting to be their equals, as did Moses when Jesus was doing miracles through him, softening Pharaoh’s will for letting the Israelites go. Likened to Satan’s magic through the likes of Simon Magus who’s likely Gnosticism’s founder. Many taught demonic Gnostic theories, did demonic magic and presented themselves as teachers of righteousness through out Egypt and all over, deceiving if possible even The Elect. Satan hasn’t changed, he’s the one who led Pharaoh’s Egyptian priest and the one manifesting himself and followers as angels of light.

When God sent Moses to tell the people about His deliverance they groaned and God heard them. (Exodus 6:5- have also heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. Therefore, tell the Israelites, ‘I am the LORD. I will bring you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. (7) I will take you to Myself for a people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob — and I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD!’ Moses told this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and hard labor. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt that he must release the Israelites from his land.”) When Pharaoh wouldn’t listen.

God told Moses, have Aaron throw his staff in front of Pharaoh, his staff became a snake. Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants and it became a snake. (Exodus 7:11-13; “Then Pharaoh also summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the magicians of Egypt by their secret arts did the same thing. Each man threw down his staff, and the staffs became snakes. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had predicted.”) Satan partially duplicated God’s miracles through Moses and Aaron until that Passover night when God had His death angel kill the first born of all who didn’t have saving blood on their door. Satan is still manifesting himself and his followers as angels of light. (See 2Cor 11:12-14)

Jesus’ gifted faith in believers is likened to this earth’s soaking moisture and producing.

(Heb 6:7-8; “For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God. (8) But if it ’the ground’ produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; its fate is to be burned.) Referencing the second death. See Rev 2:11, 20:6, 20:14 and 21:8.

(Heb 6:9-12; “But in your case, dear friends, even though we speak like this, we are convinced of better things relating to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love you have demonstrated for His name, ’practices, characteristics, attributes’ in having served and continuing to serve the Saints. (11) But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.”) Consider how promise of salvation is obtained.

Salvation parallels Abraham promises.

(Heb 6:13-20; “Now when God made His promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly.” (15) And so by persevering, Abraham inherited the promise.) ’By holding to his gifted faith in God unwaveringly, Abraham inherited the promises for all the faithful.”

(16) For people swear by something greater than themselves, and the oath serves as a confirmation to end all dispute. (17) In the same way God wanted to demonstrate more clearly to the heirs of the promise that His purpose was unchangeable, and so He intervened with an oath, so that we who have found refuge in Him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, (20) where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since He became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”)

Jesus, “our Forerunner - the Pioneer of our salvation, is our priest forever and will be “serving as King of Peace.” Remember the holy of holiness was behind the curtain where priest only went once a year: God’s purpose was and is unchangeable. Christendom has a similar problem as did the Israelites in Joshua and Samuel’s day. However through God’s imputed energizing spirit we understand the mystery of “God’s in us” knowledge the Israelites didn’t have.

Nature of Melchizedek’s Priesthood

(Heb 7:1-10; “Now this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him. To Him also Abraham apportioned a tithe of everything. (’Melchizedek’s’ name first means king of righteousness, then king of Salem, that is, king of peace. (3) Without father, without mother, without genealogy, He has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the Son of God, and He remains a priest for all time.”) We believe Melchizedek was Jesus presenting Himself in human form. Remember Jesus presented Himself in various ways. As a rock for example. See also Deut 8:15, 32:13-18.

(Exodus 33:19-23; And the Lord said, “I will make all My goodness pass before your face, and I will proclaim the Lord by name before you; I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.” But He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.” The Lord said, “Here is a place by Me; you will station yourself on a rock. When My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you will see My back, but My face must not be seen.”) Take time to observe Job’s understanding.

Job 19:23-29; “O that my words were written down, O that they were written on a scroll, that with an iron chisel and with lead they were engraved in a rock forever! As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God, whom I will see for myself, and whom my own eyes will behold, and not another. My heart grows faint within me. If you say, ‘How we will pursue Him, since the root of the trouble is found in Him!’ (29) Fear the sword yourselves, for wrath brings the punishment by the sword, so that you may know that there is judgment.”) Job believed his body would be resurrected, that he’d see God and judgment was coming.

(Hebrews 7:4-10; “But see how great He ‘Melchizedek’ must be, if Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of his plunder. And those of the sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have authorization according to the law to collect a tithe from the people, that is, from their fellow countrymen, although they too are descendants of Abraham. (6) But Melchizedek who does not share their ancestry collected a tithe from Abraham and blessed the one, ‘Abraham’ who possessed the promise. Now without dispute the inferior is blessed by the superior, and in one case tithes are received by mortal men, while in the other by Him who is affirmed to be alive. And it could be said that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid a tithe through Abraham. For he was still in his ancestor Abraham’s loins when Melchizedek met him.”)

Tithing was instituted in Abraham and through Samuel’s time for people of God, “the governing authority was God as He administered through His called out ones.” Only gentile populations were taxed according to the whims of Emperor and King types. What we have here is Jesus’ revelations through Paul that fits perfectly with His prophetic Word through His prophets, apostles and His direct revelations to His apostle John as recorded in, “Revelations of Jesus to John.”

Jesus said His followers would be in the world but not of the world. However worldwide modern Christendom is very much in the world and their practices weigh much heavier toward pagan tradition than to principles Jesus and His apostles taught. To followers Jesus we must grow to the mindset David expressed.

Psalms 28:1-2; “To you, O Lord, I cry out! My protector, ’Rock’ do not ignore me! If you do not respond to me, I will join those who are descending into the grave. Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to You for help, when I lift my hands toward Your holy temple! (Hebrew: My rocky summit? David compares our Lord to a rocky summit where one can fine protection from enemies.

(Psalms 18:2; “The Lord is my high ridge, my Stronghold, my Deliverer. My God is my rocky summit where I take shelter, my shield, the horn that saves me, and my refuge.) Looking to Jesus as the Psalmist did, is the only way we’re able to call Him Lord.

Jesus and the Priesthood of Melchizedek

(Hebrews 7:11; “So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levite priesthood – for on that basis the people received the law – what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order?”) (Aaron’s priestly order was by appointment and looked forward to Jesus’ Melchizedek permanent order. Was a schoolmaster in comparison to the “mystery of God being in us.” Like circumcision being right for followers of Jesus but looks forward to spiritual circumcision of the heart.

(Gal 3:3:23-29; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian ‘schoolmaster’ until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ’His’ faith. (25) But now that ‘Jesus’’  faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (That is like with David, Jesus is our rocky summit - our stronghold.) There is neither Jew nor Greek, that  is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are One in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

God’s gifted spirit in us “gives the desire to be obedient, so Believers IN Him don’t need the law in order to be righteous in His view. However the law still defines sin in His view.

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