Hebrews, chapter 4

12/2/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 4, 5780

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

When people are told about God’s deliverance, most groan much like the Israelites in Moses‘ day. Not so much because of bondage to hard labor but bondage to loving self serving pursuits. The whole world is in bondage to sin likened to Israel’s bondage to Egypt. Jesus and His apostles showed the way to everlasting freedom and explained to us.

(Eph 3:4-6; “When reading this, you ‘gentiles’ will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.”)

The spiritual order of Jesus as Melchizedek.

(Colossians 1:27-29; “God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to His power that powerfully works in me.”) Here the Holy Spirit is identified. The Holy Spirit is God’s glorious energizing power. That spirit power is God’s to use as He desires.

(Heb 7:12-19; “For when the priesthood changes, a change in the law must come as well. Yet the One these things are spoken about belongs to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever officiated at the altar. (14) For it is clear that our Lord is descended from Judah, yet Moses said nothing about priests in connection with that tribe. And this is even clearer if another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, (16) who has become a priest not by a legal regulation about physical descent ‘as the Levitical Priest’ but by the power of an indestructible life. For here is the testimony about Him ‘Jesus‘: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” (18) On the one hand a former command is set aside because it is weak and useless, for the law made nothing perfect. On the other hand a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.”) Now God’s spirit in us does not make us perfect, but gives us a desire to be like Him.”)

See Phil 2:12-13; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.

(Heb 7:20-28; “And since this was not done without a sworn affirmation – for the others have become priests without a sworn affirmation, but Jesus did so with a sworn affirmation by the One who said to Him, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever’” - accordingly Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. (23) And the others ‘in Aaron’s order’ who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them from continuing in office, but He ‘Jesus’ holds His priesthood permanently since He lives forever. So He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. (26) For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a High Priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since He did this in offering Himself once for all. For the law appoints as high priests men subject to weakness, but the word of solemn affirmation that came after the law appoints a Son made perfect forever.”)

Jesus didn’t come to do away with the law. Unconverted people are under the law and their deeds in the flesh will be judged accordingly. Recipients of God’s Holy energizing Spirit enjoy ‘the power that helps overcome the pulls of the flesh and sin in God’s view.”

Jesus High Priest of a Better Covenant

(Heb 8:1-6; “Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a High Priest, One who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. So this One too had to have something to offer. (4) Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. The place where they serve is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For He says, “See that you make everything according to the design shown to you on the mountain.” (6) But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that He mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises.”) Eternal life like Jesus’ own is promised to recipients of His Spirit.

(Heb 8:7-13; “For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a second one. But showing its fault, God says to them, “Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will complete a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. (9) “It will not be like the covenant that I made with their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant and I had no regard for them, says the Lord. “For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be My people. (See Jeremiah 21:) “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ since they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest. “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.” (13) When He speaks of a new covenant, He makes the first obsolete. Now what is growing obsolete and aging is about to disappear.”) Expect that disappearing to be during Jesus’ millennial reign.

Earthly Sanctuary practiced rituals looked forward to the Heavenly.

(Heb 9:1-10; “Now the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place. (3) And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark was the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. (5) And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail. So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties. (7) But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. (8) The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. (This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the New Order came.”)

Christ’s Service in the Heavenly Sanctuary always planned.

(Heb 9:11-14; “But now Christ has come as the High Priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, and He entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, and so He Himself secured eternal redemption. (13) For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.”

(Heb9:15-28; “And so He is the Mediator of a New Covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the One who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the One who made it is alive. So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” (21) And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (25) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not His own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

Jesus is the Lord and law giver that spoke to Moses and His death made way for a “new and eternal will.”

Quotes in Hebrews chapter eight were 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.

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