NT Oct. 25-29

October 25 — Hebrews 8 — New Covenant.  The old covenant, given by God through Moses, established human priests to repeatedly offer sacrifices for the people as a temporary solution for their sins.  But that incomplete system pointed to a future Divine Priest who would offer a perfect one-time sacrifice for sin; Christ would establish a better covenant (v. 6), which would open the way for God’s laws to be written on people’s hearts (v. 10) so that they might “know the Lord” (v. 11).  We live in that privileged relationship now if we have surrendered our lives to God.  We know God and in our deepest hearts, we want to obey the laws of the new covenant laid out in the New Testament.  What a privilege!

October 26 — Hebrews 9 — Real Purity.  The Old Testament cleansing system given by God was temporary and incomplete.  It was adequate only “for the purification of the flesh” (v. 13).  But when Christ shed His own blood, it was to “purify our conscience” (v. 14) to serve God.  The first was superficial; the second was deep.  I recently heard a retired teacher talk about how she once had a foul-mouthed boy in her class put soap in his own mouth to symbolize its need for cleansing.  But the problem was really deeper than that.  As Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34).  The heart, or “conscience,” needs to be cleansed.  That real purity comes from surrendering our lives to Christ, accepting His sacrifice for us.

October 27 — Hebrews 10 — Encouraging Others.  When we “stir up one another to love and good works” (v. 24), we are exercising a responsibility and a privilege to encourage fellow believers.  I had not noticed it before but the reason for our “not neglecting to meet together” (v. 25) is given as “encouraging one another” (v. 25).  Why do you attend church services?  Is it for personal gain: receiving a blessing, being taught, or being encouraged?  These two verses say that our purpose should be more toward encouraging others.  At church, we need to both worship and serve.  It is not only in church we are to encourage others but in other contexts of service as well: “…sometimes being partners with those so treated [with reproach and affliction].  For you had compassion on those in prison…” (vv. 33-34).  We have a divine assignment to come close to others for the purpose of encouraging them, even in prisons.  Remember that next Sunday!

October 28 — Hebrews 11 — Pleasures and Treasures.  Just as 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the Bible’s love chapter, Hebrews 11 is considered to be the faith chapter.  It is also a summary chapter of Israel’s history, mentioning the names of 17 people who were commended for their faith, like Sarah, who “considered [God] faithful who had promised” (v. 11).  One example that stood out to me today was that of Moses.  Because he was looking forward to God’s greater reward, he gave up “the fleeting pleasures of sin … [and] the treasures of Egypt” (vv. 25-26).  Those are two current things that keep many people from a full commitment to living for and serving Christ: pleasures and treasures.  Could you be hanging on to some pleasure of sin that is hindering your fellowship with God and your usefulness in ministering to others?  Could you be striving for some material goal that is keeping you from being all that Christ wants you to be?  Rather, we should be looking toward and working for the eternal blessings God is preparing for us.

October 29 — Hebrews 12 — Let Us …  Four times in this chapter we are challenged by the words “let us,” urging us to be obedient to important commands.  They form bookends, with two at the beginning and two at the end, to enclose the other commands and teachings about discipline (vv. 2-11), obtaining grace (vv. 12-17), and having the fear of the Lord (vv. 18-27).  The first is, “let us … lay aside … weight and sin” (v. 1a), which are the things that slow us down or hold us back from our walk with God.  The second is, “let us run with endurance” (v. 1b) our assigned race with Jesus as our focus so we won’t forget our primary purpose in life.  The third is, “let us be grateful” (v. 28a) for being part of a solid and lasting spiritual kingdom.  We belong to God!  The last is, “let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (v. 28b).  Four principles that ought to characterize our lives: Give up the bad, keep on track, be grateful for salvation, and worship God in wonder.

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