Hebrews, chapter 5

12/4/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 6,      

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

It goes against our inherited nature to think in terms of doing for others as we’d have them do unto us, we’re prone to judge. To followers, Jesus said, (Luke 6:37-38; Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.; forgive, and you will be forgiven.) Worshiping in spirit and truth includes responding to Godly attributes.

Our English dictionary defines worship; “treating something or somebody as deity, time spent perhaps excessively, unquestioningly, taking part or loving something perhaps excessively. “We should ask ourselves, “which consumes more of our time and effort, “the winter equinox season ‘Christmas’ or the Passover season with it’s two annual Sabbaths?” Which would be Jesus’ choice? Ask, do we put more effort into sports than bible study? Our English dictionary defines God as, ‘one dominating, something important, taking over someone‘s life.’ So Who’s our God?

Quotes in Hebrews 8: are primarily from Exodus 25:40 and Jeremiah 31: After Jesus had Jeremiah prophecy about another complete deliverance for Israel during His millennium reign and His prophecy backs up in part; God’s imputing His spirit in people in this age and more so after scattered Israelites are delivered back to their home land, as referred to in this New Testament book of Hebrews.

Called out Believers in this age are forerunners of the deliverance yet to come. (Jeremiah 31:29-34; “When that time comes, people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, but the children’s teeth have grown numb.’ Rather, each person will die for his own sins. The teeth of the person who eats the sour grapes will themselves grow numb. (31) “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a New Covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord. (33) “But I will make a New Covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put My law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people. “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”) (All because of promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.)

King David, Moses, Jesus’ apostles and all Believers IN Jesus will be in God’s first resurrection and Jesus’ apostles were promised rule over the twelve tribes.

(Matthew 19:26-30; Jesus looked at them and replied, “This “salvation” is impossible for mere humans, but for God all things are possible.” Then Peter said to Him, “Look, we “apostles” have left everything to follow You! What then will there be for us?” (28) Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”)

Jesus was looking forward to His return with power, the first spiritual resurrection and when all Israel will be delivered back to their ancestral home and saved.

Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted

(Hebrews 10:1-7; “For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? (3) But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins. So when He came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body you prepared for Me. (6) “Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you took no delight in. “Then I said, ‘Here I am: I have come – it is written of Me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.’”) Quote from Psalms 40:6-8.

(Heb 10:8-18; “When He says above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You did not desire nor did You take delight in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He says, “Here I am: I have come to do Your will.” He does away with the first to establish the second. By His will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

(Heb 10:11-18; And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when this Priest had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, He sat down at the right hand of God, where He is now waiting until his enemies are made a footstool for His feet. (14) For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are made holy. And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then He says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” (18) Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”) Allusion to Psalms 110:1, & quotes from Jeremiah 31:33 and 24.

When people are truly given to understand that God puts His laws in their hearts and inscribing them in their minds there’s no division.

God gives Enduring Faith

(Heb 10:19-25; “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have “gifted” confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the fresh and living way that He inaugurated for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that ‘Jesus’’ faith brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. (23) And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the One who made the promise is trustworthy. And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.”)

Having meetings with other Believers is giving of one’s self. Perhaps some feel they don’t need encouragement, but we should know most do. Fellow Believers are our family.

(Heb 10:26-27; “For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us, but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume God’s enemies.”) In His millennial kingdom, all who don’t ultimately become Believers IN Jesus will become His enemies and die a second death. See Rev 21:8)

(Heb 10:28-31; Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes the blood of the covenant that made Him holy, and insults the Spirit of grace? For we know the One who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”) Quote from Deut 32:35-36.

Enlightened people in former days and today, do endure conflict with the world at large. Many love their status quo life more than Jesus, prefer hurting Jesus than society.

(Heb 10:32-39; “But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way. (34) For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly had a better and lasting possession. So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised. (37) For just a little longer and He who is coming will arrive and not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, I take no pleasure in him. But we are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls.”) In this latter age love has waxed cold and people giving themselves to Jesus’ way altruistically are few. People with spiritual courage, need to restudy this paragraph and examine themselves.

Now our Hebrews writer teaches Godly gifted faith.

(Heb 11:1-4; “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. For by faith the people of old received God’s commendation. By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith he was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his ‘Abel’s’ faith he still speaks, though he is dead.”)

Abel like Abraham, believed God; didn’t assume God would be pleased with doing as seemed right to their fleshly minds. Cain assumed because he worked hard growing vegetables God would be please with his sacrifice.

(Heb 11:5-6; “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”)

Allowing scripture explain scripture we know Enoch was not resurrected, but removed. (Gen 5:23-24; “The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared because God took him away.”)

The Hebrew word for disappeared? construction has the negative particle אֵין (’en, “there is not,” “there was not”) with a pronominal suffix, “he was not.” Instead of saying that Enoch died, the text says he no longer was present. The text simply states that God took Enoch. Similar language is used of Elijah’s departure from this world (see 2 Kings 2:10). The text implies that God overruled death for this man who walked with him.” In both cases “removed” seems to be more accurate. )

(Heb 11:7; “By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”) (When obedient we too condemn the disobedient.) Our intent is to look at Abraham’s faith in the next chapter. Believing IN, is key. Godly gifted faith is knowing He is; being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. “By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.” It is impossible to worship God in spirit and truth, until convinced of His truth, as is recorded at John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:3-12 and Genesis 1:1-2.

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