Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Welcome to Day 346 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Hebrews 5; Hebrews 6; Hebrews 7; Hebrews 8 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Hebrews 5:12, “Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.”
Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
Hebrews 7:2, “Abraham gave him [Melchizedek] a tenth of everything.”
18 “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.”
25 “Therefore he [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Hebrews 8:13, “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
The writer is comparing Jesus to all previous priests and the new covenant to the old.
The old regulation (Law) has been deemed “weak and useless.”
The new covenant is better, because it is based upon better promises, and a better high priest who does not need to offer sacrifices for himself. AND, since he raised from the dead, he lives today and is interceding for us still!
One has to keep in mind, though, that Jesus himself said that he did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill the it. (Matthew 5:17)
Paul wrote that “Love is the fulfillment of the Law.” (Romans 13:8-10)
So then, do we discount all the Old Testament? What about the Ten Commandments??
Romans 5:13 states that “To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law.”
If there is no speed limit sign posted, you can drive as fast as you want! But if a sign has been posted, there is a law in place.
Parts of the Montana highway system have no daytime speed limits… You can drive as fast as you want… But at night, the law kicks in.
How often do you think you break the speed limit? If its 35 and you drive 36, you have broken the law, right?
At 45 and you drive 46, same thing?
At 55… 56. The law has been broken.
Just one mile per hour over the speed limit makes me a law-breaker… and guilty.
Now, in our society, we think about how fast we can go, or how much over the speed limit we can go before we may get pulled over. Usually 5 mph at 35 mph, or maybe 7-10 mph at higher speeds? At 65 mph speed limit, I can probably go 70 to 72 mph without getting pulled over.
But even if I don’t get a ticket, I have still broken the law. Guilty, regardless of getting a ticket or not.
The good news is Jesus is our attorney, pleading our case with the Father…
That doesn’t mean we get off “Scott-free.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist. Where’s that darn rim shot when you need it?)
Oh, here it is! —-> Go ahead, you know you want to! RIM SHOT
Going back to the Old Testament, when the Hebrew slaves were about to be led out of Egypt, the final plague was the death of every firstborn. The only way to escape this judgment was to kill a lamb, without spot or wrinkle, and put some of the blood on the doorposts of your home. When the death angel was passing by, he would see the blood and “pass over” your home. You were spared the death of your firstborn because of simply obeying the law.
Do this, and you will live…
It had nothing to do with who they were, this was true for both Hebrews and Egyptians. It didn’t matter what they were doing in their home. The only thing that mattered was putting the blood on the doorposts.
(There is nothing in scripture that speaks to this, but I have often wondered how many people simply went into someone else’s home for refuge? Or, I wonder if some said, “Pfft… what could THAT do?? Put blood on my door?? Are you KIDDING me??” But did it anyway…
… and were spared. Simply because they obeyed.
When I see the blood, I will pass over you.
The same concept applies today. God hasn’t changed… When He sees the blood of Jesus on our lives, metaphorically, “on the doorposts of our hearts,” he passes over us, too.
To me, this is the simplest, clearest explanation for why Jesus had to die and how it applies to my life today. (You could draw a similar conclusion with Noah and the ark. (Jesus, the ark… saves me from a certain death. All I have to do is get into the boat!) But that analogy doesn’t speak to the need for blood to be shed… And that’s pretty important.
Remember, John the Baptist announced Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (For both Hebrews and Egyptians.)
(I wonder how many Egyptians caught wind of this beforehand and followed the instructions… and lived? Again, it’s not mentioned in the Bible. Purely speculation… but if there were a million Hebrew slaves, there had to be SOME Egyptians who put the blood on the doorposts. But maybe not… That would certainly complete the salvation message though! It just makes sense to me in both a practical and spiritual sense.
See Exodus 11 and 12 for the whole story of the final plague and the Passover.
In tomorrow’s scripture we will read, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22
Thank you Lord for your blood that was shed for me.
Makes me think of the song, “Lord I’m amazed by you, how you love me.”