Scripture: 7 “So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 8. do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. 10 That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’
Observation: The author of Hebrews is quoting Psalms as a reminder to the Jewish Christians of what happened to their forefathers who refused to trust God in the wilderness.
Application: God is patient – God is slow to anger. He is so loving to me in the many times I refuse to trust Him. He gives me second chances all the time. Although looking back isn’t always a good thing – it is a good reminder of what God has done for me, where I have been, and where He has brought me.
Prayer: Lord, Thank You for being so patient with me for so long. Help me to learn to trust You more in all areas of my life. You have always provided for me in every way that is for my best – help me to remember – and trust You for my future. Thank You, Amen.
Scripture: “He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”
Observation: These verses show the authority Jesus is given as God; as Creator; as Ruler over all – both past and future. He is faithful to His Father and is seated at the right hand of His Father. As believers, we are part of His church now – and his Kingdom for eternity as we hope in Him.
Application: Sometimes I tend to separate Jesus and God – but these verses remind me that Jesus IS God. The same God who is just, merciful, gracious, loving, and all-knowing – is Jesus. Even though He ran with His friends, grew and spent time on earth as a man, He was still fully God. Creator. Redeemer. Ruler. Saviour. He is my High Priest because of the cross.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the sacrifice on the cross. Thank You that I can come to You because of Your Son Jesus. Thank You for the power over sin and death. Thank You for the victory that is mine when I come to You. Amen.
Scripture: “Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.”
Observation: The author of Hebrews is writing to fellow believers and reminding them that Jesus suffered, was tempted, and will be with those who are tempted (2:18) (therefore) (3:1) As companions of Christ – they too will partake in the sufferings of Jesus Christ – but they are to keep their eyes fixed on Christ.
Application: As a believer, I “know” that I am called to partake in the sufferings of Christ – but the bottom line is – am I prepared? Am I willing? Do I consider the cost of following Christ as a sacrifice or as an honor? Does my obedience end at the cross? Keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus will keep what’s important in front of me. If I look around, or take my eyes off of Him, I become distracted, fearful, and tempted – just what the enemy wants.
Prayer: Father, You have given us Scripture to teach, to admonish, to warn, to encourage. May we take what we are learning and let it soak into the deep recesses of our hearts. May we draw from the teachings in those times we need to remember what You would have us do. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You. May I consider the cost of following You not as a sacrifice – for You paid the ultimate sacrifice – following You should be my gift back to You, serving You with joy. May I always serve You with joy. Amen.
Scripture: “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Observation: Jesus was led by the Spirit and allowed for His faith to be tried by satan in the wilderness, and so He understands our temptations.
Application: Jesus was fully God/fully man and His faith was tested by satan in His earthly flesh – after a mountain top experience. Satan enticed Jesus with things that would tempt a human -(trusting God for our life) -(power & recognition) – (Wealth and riches) – but Jesus used the Word of God to rebuke the enemy and did not sin. We should expect the enemy to attack us when God is getting ready to do a mighty work. We should arm ourselves with the Word of God so we are ready with an answer. We should remember that our testings can sometimes even come from God in order to grow us – He does not tempt us – but He can and will use those times we are tested to lead us into a deeper walk with Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that You were tested and did not sin – You spoke the Word of God to the enemy and he fled. Let me soak in Your Word so I am prepared to rebuke the enemy when those times of testing come. Amen.
Scripture: “14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.”
Observation: Jesus became flesh so He could die a human death – BUT through His resurrection He broke the power death has over us and we are victorious through His blood when we accept Him as Saviour.
Application: Without Jesus I would be floundering through this life, lost, and searching for meaning. Worse yet, I would go to hell, and face eternal separation from God when I die. I am so thankful Jesus loves me so much that He became sin for me and died for me. I am thankful he conquered death – and in your face to the enemy He will return again to bring me Home one day.
Prayer: Lord, I cannot even begin to offer thanks for what You have done for me on the cross, and in my life. The sacrifice You made for me, a sinner, ungrateful, unpure, unholy, so I could be with You for eternity isn’t even in my comprehension. Like Mercy Me sings, I can only imagine what that day will bring when I stand before my King. If I can even stand. You, oh Lord, are so Holy, we cannot even imagine being in the same heavens as You – and yet that’s what You want – and that’s what Jesus died for – so thank You. Thank You. Amen.
Scripture: ” 10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
Observation: Jesus and believers belong to God – we can be called the brethren of Christ because of God the Father.
Application: Through Jesus I am a child of God – Jesus is the Son of God – we belong to the same Father – wow! I never thought of Jesus as my brother! He is not ashamed to call me sister – wow! What a blessing!
Prayer: Lord, thank You for bringing me into Your family; calling me Your daughter, heir to the throne. Thank You for Jesus, my Saviour, my brother in Christ, who stands before You in my place, unashamed to call me His sister in Christ. Oh, what grace. Thank You Jesus, Amen.
Scripture: “5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? 7 You made them a little[a] lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor 8 and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.”
Observation: As a reward for His suffering, Jesus has complete ruling authority over the angels – and over all creation – He showed His humility by becoming a man and going to the cross – and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father.
Application: Obedience brings blessing – over and over we see that in Scripture. Jesus was obedient – Jesus received His blessing and was exalted. Sometimes we may need to go through suffering in our obedience in order to receive our blessing from God.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that Jesus is my example of how to live. Although I mess up over and over, His life, death, and resurrection give me hope. Thank You. Amen.