Week 49   Day 2


When these Jewish Christians first heard the gospel message

            they had believed

            and accepted it gladly 

but then the enthusiasm started to fade 

            some began to doubt

            the validity of the gospel

            and the wisdom of being christian converts


Jewish believers were subject

            to the same difficulties

            that Gentile christians were 






                        hate crimes


So the writer of Hebrews has the difficult task

            of trying to re-vitalize their faith

            bring them back to their original level of receptivity

            and re-claim any that were lost.




                             THE BLOOD OF REDEMPTION

Contrasts the old (temporary) and the new (eternal) covenants.

                                         Hebrews 4, 5, 8 & 9


    14Seeing that we have a great High Priest, Jesus the Son of

God, let us hold fast our confession.  15He can sympathize with

our weaknesses because He was in all points tempted as we are,

yet without sin.  16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne

of grace, to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    1Every high priest is appointed for things pertaining to God,
that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins, for
the people 
and also for himself.  4No man takes this honor to
himself, but he
who is called by God, just as Aaron was. 

    5So Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest. 

8Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by suffering. 

9Being perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation,

10called by God as High Priest.

    1Now this is the main point of the things we are saying:  We

have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the

throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2a minister of the sanctuary

and the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.

    3Every high priest offers both gifts and sacrifices.  Therefore

it is necessary that this One also have something to offer.  6But

now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, and He is also

Mediator of a better covenant, established on better promises. 

    7 If that first covenant had been faultless, than no place

would have been sought for a second.  8Because finding fault

with them, He says,  "The days are coming when I will make a

new covenant with the house of Israel and with Judah.  10 I will

put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and

I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  11They shall

all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 

12 I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins

I will remember no more."  13When He says, "A new covenant,"

He has made the first obsolete. 

    Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to

vanish away.  11Christ came as High Priest of the good things

to come.  12Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His

own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having

obtained eternal redemption.  13 If the blood of bulls and goats

and the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

14how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the

eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your

conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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