Hebrews 2:1-4 ~ S.O.A.P. vs1

ScriptureWe must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”

Observation: The author of Hebrews is warning believers to pay attention to God’s Words – to not let the things of the world distract them and draw them away from God’s Word.

Application: It is so easy to get caught up in the opinions and beliefs of those around us – especially as new believers. Forsaking the gathering of believers, not digging into God’s Word, not praying – these are also ways that we are drawn away. We need to pay attention to what God has told us in His Word – each word is there for a reason – the enemy is waiting for us to turn away so we can be drawn away. We also have a responsibility to share the gospel – we have God’s Word in print.

Prayer: Father, help me to remain steadfast in my time with You, listening to You, sitting still before You, so I won’t be drawn away. Let me not take for granted Your written Word. May I treasure each Bible I own and share the gospel – the Good News – with those around me. Amen.

Hebrews 1:13-14 ~ S.O.A.P. vs14

Scripture: “To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”

Observation:  Angels are servants who (will) serve believers who (will) rule in God’s kingdom.

Application: I believe this speaks to the future kingdom of God. I never thought of angels serving believers – I always thought of angels serving only God. (I need to do more research on this verse) I know there are angels among us on earth, but this sounds more future tense – and it speaks of believers – so do non-believers have angels serving them? This verse sounds like they don’t, but I wouldn’t rule out that angels aren’t used by God to direct a lost person to where God wants him to be. I think there may be different jobs for different angels? Oh my.

Prayer: Oh Lord, how jumbled is my brain – trying to comprehend these verses! Your ways are so much higher than my ways and I cannot begin to understand even about angels and how they serve. I guess all I need to really understand is that You are Sovereign, and You work Your Will for me how You see best. The more I study Your Word, the more I realize how little I know. Help me to know You more, and to know more of You. Show me what I need to know, and let the rest go to Your sovereign hands. You created angels for a reason, and that’s all I need to know. You created me for a reason, and that’s all I need to know. Help me to rest in that knowledge, and to be obedient to what it is You created me for, as the angels serve You, may I also serve you. Amen.

Hebrews 1:10-12 ~ S.O.A.P. vs 10-12

Scripture: “He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. 12 You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

Observation: God is Creator of the Universe – always existed – always will be – the earth changes but God does not – the earth and the heavens perish but God will not.

Application: These verses are a reminder that as things around me change, and may be in chaos, God is the One constant that stays the same. That should give me Hope as I face days that turn my world upside down. I need to keep my eyes focused on Him and not this world – I am only a pilgrim, traveling through this world, and should not become comfortable here. As I look around and watch man destroy what God has created these verses become more real – “they will be changed” – thank God He never changes!

Prayer: Father, thank You for being True to Your Word and promises. Thank You for creating a world we can enjoy, but help us to not love it too much. You have a more glorious world waiting for us in eternity. Thank You for being our constant – for not changing, even though everything around us is. Help me to keep my eyes on You so I won’t become distracted with what is around me. Amen.

Hebrews 1:7-9 ~ S.O.A.P. vs.8-9

Scripture: “In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.” But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

Observation:  Christ is given full diety when referred to as God – and possesses an eternal kingdom. His Father God has set Christ above those who will join Him in Heaven. Oil is often used to refer to the Holy Spirit in Scripture – perhaps this is bringing in the Trinity.

Application: Wow…I almost don’t even know where to go with this – it’s so full of hope and promise. We are His companions – we as believers will reign with Him in Heaven. Our Jesus Christ, fully God, fully man, will be our King for eternity.

Prayer: Thank You Jesus. Amen.

Hebrews 1:5-6 ~ S.O.A.P. vs. 5

Scripture: “For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son;  today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Observation: Angels are created beings, but Christ is superior to the angels, and has been given authority over them. Christ is seated at the right hand of God, His work completed – the angels continue to serve.

Application: It’s ironic that so much credit is given to angels today – and yet isn’t it truly God that gives the angels their “working orders”? Isn’t it God who instills any “power” to them? Since they are created beings, they can only do what is allowable by their creator, I would think – and yet in today’s society, what people credit to angels is put above God at times. We need to remember that God created angels for a purpose, but we also need to remember that Lucifer was once an angel – and it was his desire to be like God that cost him eternity with God. We need to be cautious with our attraction to angels and recognize that ALL power comes from God, the Creator of the Universe, and look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Prayer: Lord, Help me to focus on You more every day instead of anything that might distract me from getting closer to You. Remove those thoughts from my mind if they become too strong. I believe You send angels to minister to me, yet I also recognize that there are angels of the enemy waiting to destroy my faith. Give me discernment and wisdom to recognize what is truly from You and to flee from what is not. Amen.

Hebrews 1:1-4 ~ S.O.A.P vs.3

Scripture: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

Observation: Jesus is Divine in nature and reflects God because He is God – speaking this world into existence – continually holding this Universe together – became our sacrifice on the cross, is our High Priest, BUT unlike the high priests of the OT, sat down b/c His work is complete

Application: How often do I really look at Jesus as God Incarnate? So often I separate the Trinity and keep them separate. I know that Jesus came as a man and died – I know that God is His Father – but do I really, truly understand the God-Man that Jesus is? The power that He came with? That thought is so overwhelming to me when I look at the Cross and try to understand His sacrifice as a man, yet His ability to walk away as God

Prayer: Father, these thoughts of who You are in these verses are overwhelming to me, especially as we head into Easter week, looking at the Cross, and what You did for a world full of sinners. Thank You for being the sacrificial lamb. Thank You for being my High Priest. Thank You for those words on the Cross, “It is finished.”. Amen.

 

REmember…and ponder…

psalm-77_11-13REmember…the deeds of the Lord…

REmember…your wonders of old…

and ponder…all your work…

Do you ever find yourself just sitting and pondering over a memory…

Whether pleasant…or not…

Recalling it…reliving it…reclaiming it…

Over…and over…

It wasn’t enough for the Psalmist to just REmember the deeds of the Lord…and His wonders of old…

And sometimes it isn’t enough for us to just REmember either…

He pondered on God’s work…

“Ponder: to consider something deeply and thoroughly;”

Upon the birth of Jesus, Mary pondered in her heart all that had happened…ponder2

Surely she would REmember the shepherds visit…always…

And the events leading to her baby born in a stable…

The surroundings…the angel’s announcement…the journey…

But to ponder…in the deepest recesses of her heart…

That’s a bit more, isn’t it…

So I ask myself this question…

How much…how often…do I Ponder…God’s Works?

Or how much…how often…do I ponder…God?

Do I treasure God’s works in the recesses of my heart?

Do I recall…relive…reclaim…God’s work in my life?

Notice the Psalmist’s words…“I will”

Sometimes we need to purposefully and intentionally set our minds and hearts to REmember…and ponder…all that God is…all that God has done…

ponder-1Just think if each of us sat down and wrote out all the deeds and works of God that we could REmember during our lifetime alone…we could fill volumes…

And if we took that one step further…and treasured…pondered…considered deeply…each of those works…

What a victorious life we would live…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna