Brick #89 – James 3

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The first half of James 3 talks much about the battle to tame the tongue. James pours on word picture after word picture to try to get his point across. His point is summed up by what Proverbs 18:21 says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Scripture uses lots more word pictures to try to make this point:

  • Matthew 12:34 – You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
  • Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
  • Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
  • Proverbs 26:20 – For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
  • Proverbs 10:11 – The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
  • Proverbs 12:18 – There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

1 Kings 12:6-14  gives a great example of the consequences of using our words foolishly, as well as the consequences of listening to foolish counsel. King Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, lost 5/6 of his kingdom just because he spoke rashly and his legacy of ungodliness was cemented  – all because he could not tame his tongue.

Most of us don’t have a huge problem with destructive speech. Believers do a pretty good job of not saying the wrong things but a lousy job of intentionally saying words that bless others. We really need to work on doing what Ephesians 4:29 talks about above – building others UP and speaking words of grace.

I came across this prayer in Psalm 141:3 which is a great prayer to pray often and repeatedly: 

May this brick help you to to think before you speak and to be intentional about using your words to bless and build others up.

 

Brick #88 – James 2

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There are two major sections to this chapter. I will make a few comments about each.

 

James 2:1-13 The Sin of Partiality

In his autobiography, Mahatma Gandhi wrote that during his student days he read the Gospels seriously and considered converting to Christianity. He believed that in the teachings of Jesus he could find the solution to the caste system that was dividing the people of India.

So one Sunday he decided to attend services at a nearby church and talk to the minister about becoming a Christian. When he entered the sanctuary, however, the usher refused to give him a seat and suggested that he go worship with his own people. Gandhi left the church and never returned. “If Christians have caste differences also,” he said, “I might as well remain a Hindu.” That usher’s prejudice not only betrayed Jesus but also turned a person away from trusting Him as Savior.

In my church experience we don’t tend to favor the rich over the poor, the white over the black, the “Christian” over the Hindu – but we do play favorites. We don’t do a very good job of being on the lookout for first time guests and new people to our fellowship. We favor our friends and those we enjoy talking to and just hope that someone else – like the pastoral staff – is doing a good job with newbies. It is not uncommon for us to have visitors come to our church and never have someone initiate a conversation or introduce themselves to them. Who knows how many “Mahatma Gandhi’s” have come through our doors only never to return because they were not intentionally welcomed.

I realize that it can be awkward to introduce yourself to someone that you don’t know. But take the risk anyway as an act of faith, knowing that perhaps the Lord will use you to make an eternal difference in someone’s life.

James 2:14-26  Faith Without Works Is Dead

How do you reconcile what James says in these verses with what Paul says in Ephesians 2?

James:

  • What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (v. 14)
  • So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (v. 17)
  • You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. (v. 24)
  • For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (v. 26)

Paul:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The simplest way for me to explain it is this: Ephesians answers the question how are we saved? James answers the question how do you know that you are genuinely saved? They are not saying different things they are just looking at salvation from two different timelines. We are saved not by our own work but by the work of Christ on the cross. But genuine faith will produce good works in the life of a believer. In other words, his faith will be backed up by his actions.

A young man at our college Bible study put it like this… I can say that I work at Chick-fil-A. I can even really like the food at CFA. I can wear a CFA hat and even be able to tell you how great the food is at CFA – but if I never actually work at CFA and I’m not on the payroll – then I really don’t work for CFA no matter what I say.

May this brick encourage you to be on the lookout for people new to your church as well as to help you understand the role of good works in a believer’s life.

 

Brick #87 – James 1

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Before we jump into our pondering of James 1, here are a few things to know about James the man and James the book in general…

 

About James:

  • Brother of Jesus – Comedian Michael Jr. does a bit that is hilarious about what it might have been like to have Jesus as your older brother. You can check it out HERE.
  • His Story – He did not believe prior to the resurrection – the resurrection changed everything for him!
  • Became the leader of the Jerusalem church
  • Keynote speaker of the Jerusalem Council – AD 49
  • Nicknames – 1) James the Just – he was known for his righteous life;  2) Old Camel Knees – he was known as a man who spent a lot of time on his knees praying
  • Probably Married – 1 Corinthians 9:5
  • Martyred ~ AD 62

About the Book of James

  • Probably first NT book written  ~ AD 45
  • Written to a Jewish audience (James 1:1)
  • Controversy surrounding the book: Salvation by grace through faith (Apostle Paul) vs salvation by faith plus works. James is NOT saying this. He IS saying that genuine faith is a faith THAT works not a faith by works – Focus is on the application of the gospel not the gospel itself. 
  • Written to combat “easy believism” which was an issue then as it is now. 

There is much to be pondered in this chapter. I will focus on these few verses for the sake of brevity:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6)

Verse 5 – It should not be surprising that Old Camel Knees recommends prayer as the first order of business when facing a situation that calls for wisdom. Too often we try to figure things out on our own and leave the Lord out of our decision making. It’s no wonder that people make so many bad decisions. Two additional questions that I would ask that would demonstrate a willingness to hear from God would be these:

1) What does God’s Word say – does it give any insight into the situation?

2) What do the godly people that love me and care about me say – do they have any insights that can help me as I try to make wise decisions?

Verse 6 – Doubt is one the strategies that the enemy of our souls will use to try to defeat us. If fact, it was the very first tactic he used to bring down Adam and Eve way back in Genesis 3:1. So how do we combat doubt when it assails our mind? Three things:

1) Satan asked Adam and Eve the question, “Did God actually say ‘you shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And it planted a seed of doubt in their minds. Always go back to the Word of God and remind yourself of what God actually did say. If you allow the seed to grow to fruition you are well on your way to a fall of your own.

2) Develop an apologetic faith – what I mean by that is to know the why behind the what that you believe. And specifically know why you believe that Jesus is the resurrected Christ.  James was a doubter – until the resurrection. But after the resurrection he was absolutely convinced that his older brother was the Lord of life. Thomas was a doubter – until he was absolutely convinced  that Jesus rose from the grave. HERE is a really good testimony from Lee Strobel – an avowed atheist – until he became convinced that the resurrection was indeed fact not fable. You might also check out this book by him: The Case for Christ

3) Remind yourself all the times that you have seen God demonstrate his faithfulness to you. You might even create a book documenting God’s faithfulness over the years. We tend to have short memories. When doubt begins to creep in we need to remember how He has faithfully provided for us in the past so that we can confidently rebut any doubts that the evil one assaults us with.

May this brick help you be wise in your decision making and to know how to fight the enemy when he uses the strategy of doubt to try to defeat you.

 

Brick #86 – Psalm 1

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The question that this Psalm prompts in my mind is this: I know that I should delight in God’s Word. I know that I would be blessed if I delighted in God’s Word. But I don’t delight in God’s Word. It feels more like drudgery than delight. How do I get to the point where pondering the Word of God is a delight and not a duty?

Great question. I want to give you an illustration and then some thoughts  by godly men who have wrestled with this very question.

The illustration:

Most people know that they should exercise. They know how much better they would feel if they exercised. They know that exercise would benefit them physically, emotionally, and mentally. But the idea of exercising defeats them before they get started. They don’t like the idea of all that sweat; those sore muscles; those dirty clothes; the cost of a gym membership or running shoes. They don’t like the time it will take and what they will have to give up if they are going to exercise consistently. But they do like the idea of feeling better; looking better; sleeping better. So they decide to start and find it to be drudgery just like they thought it would be. But they keep at it even when they don’t feel like it; even when it just feels like they are going through the motions. And after six weeks they begin to notice the benefits starting to kick in.  The have lost weight. They can run a mile without feeling like dying. They have gone from an ab to a two-pack. And before too long they realize they are looking forward to their scheduled exercise time rather than dreading it.

What once was drudgery and duty has now become delight!

Thoughts from John Piper:

So someone may ask: How can I come to delight in the word of God? My answer is twofold:

1) pray for new tastebuds on the tongue of your heart;
2) meditate on the staggering promises of God to his people.

The same psalmist who said, “How sweet are your words to my taste” (Psalm 119:103), said earlier, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18). He prayed this, because to have spiritual eyes to see glory, or to have holy tastebuds on the tongue of the heart, is a gift of God. No one naturally hungers for, and delights in, God and his wisdom.

But when you have prayed, indeed while you pray, meditate on the benefits God promises to his people and on the joy of having Almighty God as your helper now and forever. Psalm 1:3–4 says that the person who meditates on God’s word “is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.”

Thoughts from David Platt:

I just want to encourage you to pray for this kind of delight in the law of the Lord. Ask the Lord for this. And pray this, and then think through, “Okay. How can I meditate on this word day and night? How can I make sure at the beginning of my day to fill my mind with God’s word? At the end of the day, to fill my mind with God’s word in a way that saturates the whole course of my day with God’s word?”

I guarantee you that if you are intentional about meditating, fixing your mind, your heart on God’s word in the beginning of your day, at the end of your day, and thinking through how can that saturate your life during the day, I guarantee you, you will see, discover, experience this word as delightful. Full of delight.

Thoughts from George Mueller:

I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord…. I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the word of God, and to meditation on it…. What is the food of the inner man? Not prayer, but the word of God; and… not the simple reading of the word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.

May this brick help you to experience delight as you come to the Word of God each day – anticipating how the Lord is going to use His Word to strengthen you with everything that you will need to deal with whatever comes your way that day.

Brick #85 – Hebrews 13

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Chapter 13 is very different from all the previous chapters. The author is finishing up his letter and in a stream of consciousness sequence starts mentioning one thing after another that he wants his readers to remember. These include quick comments about love, hospitality, entertaining angels, prison ministry, marriage, sex, money, contentment, mentoring, false teaching, worship, sharing with others, obedience, leadership, and prayer.

There are two things that stand out to me besides all these one-liners. One is what I consider a funny comment and I wonder if the author said it tongue in cheek. Verse 22 says, “I appeal to you brothers, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.” Briefly? Really? This is one of the longest epistles in the New Testament.

And secondly, I love the benediction in verses 20-21:

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

If you are looking for a way to spice up the way that you pray for others just pay attention to the benedictions in the epistles. Here are some that I really enjoy: Romans 15:13, Ephesians 3:20-21, 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, Jude 24-25.

And now as we conclude our pondering of Hebrews I will pray a benedictory blessing over you:

May the God of all joy, who has torn away the veil that kept us from drawing near to Him, fuel you each day with a delight for His life-giving Word and give you a persevering hope as we endure the troubles of this world and eagerly await a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

Brick #84 – Hebrews 12

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3 Considerations. 2 Questions. 1 Reminder.

The Considerations

1) Consider the Race – The Christian life is often compared to a race. But it is much more like a marathon than a sprint. The race is long. The race is hard. The race requires much training in order to finish well. Serious runners are careful about diet. Serious runners train their minds as well as their bodies. Serious runners eliminate anything that would hinder their running. Serious runners have coaches to help them run better.  You get the idea. You can make the applications to running the Christian life with excellence and endurance.

2) Consider Those Watching the Race – The author has just talked about all the saints of old who are rooting for the present day believers to run well. I suspect the stands are full of our believing family members as well who have preceded us in death – cheering for us to stay the course, to run with perseverance, to do whatever it takes to run well. They have already crossed their finish line and want nothing less than for us to run  our race in a way that will have the Lord saying “Well done” when we cross our finish line.

3) Consider Jesus – I love verses 2-3: “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” There is nothing that we will go through in this life that is any worse than what Jesus went through. As we keep our focus on Him, and not the circumstances of this life, then the race is put into perspective when it seems crazy difficult.

The Questions

With all of that in mind a great question to ask ourselves is this…

Question # 1: What do I need to do NOW so that I am prepared when the race becomes unbearably hard? NOW is the time to prepare for then! Now is the time to ready ourselves for hitting the wall. Now is the time to prepare so that we do not give up when we feel like we can’t go on. What next step are you going to take so that you are ready when the time comes? And the time will indeed come. At some point, if it is not already here, life WILL be hard.

Sometimes life is hard just because we live in a fallen world. And sometimes life is hard because we are dealing with the natural consequences of our own sin. In either case, we know the promise of God’s Word that tells that “for those that love God all things work together for our good.” (Romans 8:28). So when life is hard that is NOT the time to grumble, complain, and whine. Rather it is the time to ask a great question…

Question # 2: WHAT, Lord, are you trying to teach me as I go through this sanctifying process of discipline and as You work in my life to make me more like Jesus? Many people instead ask, “Why God?” when life is hard. The better question is “What God”? It is a statement of faith to ask what rather than why because it underscores the fact that we believe the Lord is at work.

The Reminder

Even though the author of Hebrews has made it clear that life for believers will not be easy, he finishes this chapter by letting them know that it will still be worth it to run well and to finish strong. This life is temporary. The next life is eternal. This life is full of temporary pleasures; in the next life there will be fullness of joy. The kingdom of this world is shaky and unpredictable but we are receiving a “kingdom that cannot be shaken.” So his reminder to them, and to us, is that no matter what you go through in this world and no matter how hard life gets… it will get better. A LOT better.

May this brick help you to fix your eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter  of our faith and to be encouraged when life is hard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #83 – Hebrews 11

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“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Question: What does faith look like in real life? What do those who live by faith do practically?

This is what the author of Hebrews addresses in chapter 11. As his readers are trying to get a handle on this new way of living, faith based verses rules based, he takes them back to their heroes and shows them practically how they went about living by faith. I have come up with 20 different ways – each of which are worth pondering how they might play out in your life.

Here is the question I find myself asking: Is there anything about the way that I live out my walk with Jesus that actually takes faith? Perhaps you might ask yourself the same question as you ponder these.

  • People of faith offer God acceptable sacrifices v. 4
  • People of faith seek to please God v. 5
  • People of faith live in reverent fear v. 7
  • People of faith obey even when… v. 8
  • People of faith cling to the promises of God v. 9
  • People of faith consider God to be faithful v. 11
  • People of faith live like strangers to this world v. 13
  • People of faith yearn for Heaven v. 16
  • People of faith give God that which they love most v. 17
  • People of faith bless others vs. 20-21
  • People of faith acknowledge God’s sovereignty v. 22
  • People of faith identify with the people of God v. 25
  • People of faith do not indulge in the fleeting pleasures of sin v. 25
  • People of faith look forward to their reward v. 26
  • People of faith stand against ungodly authorities v. 27
  • People of faith endure v. 27
  • People of faith live counter-culturally. They risk looking foolish v. 28
  • People of faith expect great things from God vs. 29-30
  • People of faith fight valiantly against the enemy vs. 33-34
  • People of faith suffer for righteousness’ sake v. 36

May this brick help you to live by faith each and everyday as you see to please God.

Bonus: A number of years ago I wrote a song about Hebrews 11:6. If you want to hear a bad singer and guitar player then you can check it out HERE. Just words HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #82 – Hebrews 10

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In many ways, chapter 10 is a review chapter before the author changes gears in chapter 11. Verses 1-18 rehearse what has already been said about Jesus: He is better! And He is our great High Priest who has made a way for us to go behind the curtain directly into the presence of God. Verses 19-21 summarize everything in this way…

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God…

At this point the author gives us 3 “let us” exhortations in verses 22-25. There are 14 “let us” exhortations sprinkled throughout Hebrews and they serve as some of the most practical ways to apply everything the author says. Here are all 14…

  • “While the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.” (4:1)
  • Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the Word God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.” (4:11)
  • “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” (4:14)
  • Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ((4:16)
  • Let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” (6:1)
  • Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.” (10:22)
  •  “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (10:23)
  •  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (10:24)
  • Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely.” (12:1)
  • Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus.” (12:1-2)
  • Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.” (12:28)
  • Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” (12:28)
  • Let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.” (13:13)
  • Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.” (13:15)

Verses 26-39 are also a rehearsal and a reminder of a very strong warning that the author gave back in 6:4-12. In effect he says this: “I know that your old way of approaching God is something that you are familiar with and comfortable with. But don’t ever go back. It is a dead end road. Jesus is better! Cling to Him fiercely and you will be rewarded greatly. The Lord is faithful.”

May this brick encourage you to press on in the faith knowing that no matter what enticements this world tantalizes you with… Jesus is better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #81 – Hebrews 9

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The tabernacle of Moses was the temporary place of worship that the Israelites built according to God’s specifications while wandering the desert and used until King Solomon built a temple. It was designed to provide a graphic picture for God’s people of what relationship to Him entailed. In this brick I want to use that picture to help you to evaluate where you are in your relationship to God and then to encourage you to take the next step toward drawing nearer to Him.

The first picture below gives an arial view of what the tabernacle might have looked like. The second picture gives a more detailed view of what was included inside the tabernacle.

Each of the things mentioned in the diagram above prompt a question that you might ask yourself.

The Entrance: There is only one way to get inside. Just as there is only one way to come into a relationship with God. Jesus. Which side of the gate are you on?

The Courtyard

The Altar of Burnt Offering – This is where anyone could come and bring their sacrificial offering and have their sins forgiven. Have you offered yourself to God as a living sacrifice and experienced the forgiveness of your sins?

The Bronze Basin – This is where the priest would go cleanse themselves before entering the Holy Place. As believers we are all now priests before the living God. The water from the Basin for the believer represents baptism. Having had your sins forgiven have you been baptized?

The Holy Place

The Golden Lampstand – Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World”. And to His followers He said, “You are the light of the world.” Having had your sins forgiven and having been baptized are you a light in the darkness of this world representing Jesus in a way that draws attention to Him and not yourself?

The Table of Bread – Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.” Are you being nourished daily by the bread that is available to us through the Word God?

The Altar of Incense – The incense was a special blend that was very pleasing to God. In Scripture incense represents the prayers of God’s people. Do you delight in coming to God in prayer and do you work at making your prayers a delight to the ears of God? 

The Curtain – Very few people ever went behind the curtain. Not just any priest but only the High Priest was allowed to do this. But because the curtain was torn down the middle upon the death of Christ, ALL believers have access to the Most Holy Place, aka The Holy of Holies. And yet many believers are content to stay on this side of the curtain. They are content to read the Word and say their prayers and live a forgiven life but they are not willing to draw near to the glory of God and experience Him in a way that most people do not. What is keeping you from enjoying a relationship with God that most people will never have the courage to experience?

The Most Holy Place

The Arc of the Covenant – The Arc of the Covenant represented the very presence of God. To be in the Holy of Holies was not to just know a lot about God but to know God. When the saints of God encountered Him they found themselves face down in His presence because His glory was so magnificent. They found themselves in absolute awe declaring “Holy, Holy, Holy.” They found themselves undone by their sinful nature as God’s holiness revealed every little imperfection. They found themselves declaring the greatness of His Name and praising His mighty works. They found themselves emboldened to go out into the world and testify to all that they had seen and heard. Is this anywhere close to your experience with God?

So…. Where are you? Outside the gate? In the courtyard? In the Holy Place? In the Most Holy Place. Figure out where you are and then where you want to be. What steps do you need to take to move closer to God?

And if I can help just let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #80 – Hebrews 8

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How would you react if a well respected, highly thought of, godly man stood up in church as the guest preacher this Sunday and said, “You might as well throw your Bibles away – they are out of date and old fashioned and I have a better book for you to base your life on”?

That is essentially what the author of Hebrews says in chapter 8. Notice verse 13: “In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” What we know as the Old Testament was for the Hebrews their Bible – the Scriptures. And they were being told that the part of their Scriptures that they revered more than any other – the books of the Law as written down by their hero Moses – was OBSOLETE.

I have no doubt that it took a while for the Hebrews to wrap their heads around this information. And the only reason they eventually concurred was because the author of Hebrews did a masterful job of showing his readers from THEIR Scriptures that this was all a part of God’s plan from the beginning. The question that the Hebrews were finally beginning to comprehend was this: If the covenant that God made with His people through Moses was insufficient to secure our forgiveness of sin and make us eternally righteous in the eyes of God then what was it’s purpose? Perhaps this illustration will help to answer the question. I will follow it up with a few comments…

 

  1. The Law was never intended to lead to salvation. It merely provided temporary relief from the guilt of sin.
  2. Doing good, or trying to please God by obeying His commands only led to a dead end because absolutely no one could perfectly obey the Law. And yet, this is the basis of most religions today. The religious faithful try as hard as they can to earn the favor of God by doing the best they can but their good works aren’t good enough.
  3. The Law was designed to show God’s covenant people that there had to be another way, a better way.
  4. Even in the Old Testament it was not the keeping of the Law that provided salvation, it was faith in the blood of the sacrificial lamb to cover their sin that brought about forgiveness.
  5. The author of Hebrews is making a compelling case that Jesus, the better High Priest, who did live a life that perfectly obeyed God’s Law, was the better Moses and the author of a New Covenant – not based on keeping the Law but based on faith that His sacrificial blood is sufficient to cover our sin and secure for us salvation.

Interestingly, within a few years of the writing of the Book of Hebrews, the whole sacrificial system  of the Jewish people was made obsolete. In 70 A.D. the Romans conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish Temple. Thus there was no way for annual sacrifices to be made at Yom Kippur for the forgiveness of sin. 

Fortunately there was no longer a need for this to happen. Because God had provided a better way… Jesus!

May this brick help you to understand God’s great plan from the beginning. And to recognize that even in today’s world your good works aren’t good enough to win the favor of God. But Jesus’ good work on the cross is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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