Hebrews, chapter 8 of 8

12/8/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 10, 5,780    

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

Be thankful of God’s giving people over to a stupor of mind, because without a stupor of mind there’d be no excuse for disobedience, “no excuse for sins of ignorance.” From the beginning, God knew people would yield to the inherited from Adam nature, “to what seemed right to their fleshly minds and Satan’s manifestations as an angel of light. Remember God’s Word is preserved for our learning about Abraham’s faith, Israel’s successes when they trusted and bondage to the world when they didn’t. (Bondage to the world is bondage to Satan.) God purposely gave the Israelites over to a stupor of mind because of perpetual promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deliverance promises, take away sins promises, “I’ll be your God you’ll be My people promises.” (Gal 3:26-29; “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. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female — for all of you ’followers of Jesus’ are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

God’s believing IN Jesus people are spiritual Israelites. God’s people by promise, “pre-chosen as was Isaac and Jacob.” NOT because of any goodness etc. These promises were also made through Moses and other prophets like Samuel.

All previous Believers IN, are witnesses to this age.

Hebrews 12:1-5; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfector of our faith. For the joy set out for Him He endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) Think of Him who endured such opposition against Himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. You ‘we’ have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. (5) And have you ‘followers of Jesus’ forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as Sons?) “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when He corrects you. “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and chastises every Son He accepts.” (Quote from Proverbs 3:11-12)

(Heb 12:6-13; “Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as Sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not Sons. (9) Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but He does so for our benefit, that we may share His holiness. (11) Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.”)

There is work to be done ’self discipline if you please’ in overcoming after God’s fathering with spiritual desire. (For the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of his good pleasure — is God.” Phil 2:13)

Phil 3:18-21; “For many live, about whom I have often told you, and now, with tears, I tell you that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, they exult in their shame, and they think about earthly things. Our ‘we followers of Jesus’ citizenship is in heaven — and we also await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of His glorious body by means of that ‘Holy Spirit’ power by which He is able to subject all things to Himself.”)

After God reveals Himself and His Son we see His benefit. (Let’s look back to chapter 2:1-11; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. (5) You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross! (9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth - and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

Called Overseers, help called people not to reject God’s warning.

(Hebrews 12:14-19; “Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. (16) And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. (Alluding to Genesis 27:34-41) (17) For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing with tears. (18) For you ‘followers of Jesus’ have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. (“Describing the nation of Israel approaching God on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19: Here is a clear contrast with the reference to Mount Zion in v. 22, so this could be translated “a mountain that can be touched.” But the word “mountain” does not occur here and the more vague description seems to be deliberate.”)

(Heb 12:20-21; “For they ‘the Israelites’ could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.” (Quote from Deut 9:19) NOW TO FOLLOWERS OF JESUS IT’S WRITTEN.

(Hebrews 12:22-24; But you ‘followers of Jesus’ have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.”)

(In prayer we need to exercise our spirit of truth and imagine being before this heavenly throne.)

(Hebrews 12:25-29; “Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” (27) Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we are receiving an unshakable ‘spiritual’ kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. (29) For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”)

(Mediator in this context does not imply that Jesus was a mediator in the contemporary sense of the word, as working for compromise between opposing parties. NO; here the term describes Jesus’ function as the One who was used by God to enact a New Covenant which established a new relationship between God and His people, but entirely on God’s terms.)

Respectfully consider, 1Corinthians 13: “the love chapter”

“greatest of all is love.”

(Hebrews 13:1-7; “Brotherly love must continue. Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them, and those ill-treated as though you too felt their torment. Marriage must be honored among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers (5) Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (7) Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith.”)

(Heb 12:8-16; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them. (10) We have an ‘heavenly’ altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from. For the bodies of those animals whose blood the high priest brings into the sanctuary as an offering for sin are burned outside the camp. (12) Therefore, to sanctify the people by His own blood, Jesus also suffered outside the camp. We must go out to Him, then, outside the camp, bearing the abuse He experienced. For here ‘on earth’ we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. (15) Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging His name. And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”)

(Heb 13:17-19; “Obey your ‘spiritual’ leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you. (18) Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect. I especially ask you to pray that I may be restored to you very soon.”)

Benediction and Conclusion

(Heb 13:20-21; “Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, equip you with every good thing to do His will, working in us what is pleasing before Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever Amen.”)

(Heb 13:22-25; “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, bear with my message of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you briefly. You should know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon, he will be with me when I see you. Greetings to all your leaders and all the Saints. Those from Italy send you greetings. Grace be with you all.”) Undoubtedly Hebrews is from Jesus through Paul. Timothy was a partner with Paul. Paul wrote to God’s church in Rome while incarcerated. In Italy Paul writes from house arrest, back to Hebrews-Israelites “spiritual Israelites everywhere.”

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