Hebrews 11 - Day 206 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1
Commentary: After defining faith in 11:1 and introducing his thesis in 11:2, the writer surveys biblical history for samples of faith. Faith as defined by this chapter is the assurance in God’s future promises, an assurance that enables one to persevere
Keener, C. S. (1993). The IVP Bible background commentary: New Testament (Heb 11:1–31). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Application: Faith is acting as if what we believe is real. Just because we can't see God, non-believers think we're crazy but that's ok, because it;s all a matter of doing what we believe is real.
Prayer: Lord, prove your doubters wrong.
Hebrews 10 - Day 205 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-22
Observation: The author reiterates the supremacy of Christ and his sacrifice. Then he/she encourages us to enter heaven's Most Holy Place.
Application: For those of you who have been following my daily devotions, take a moment to remember the extensive details of the sacrificial system, the tabernacle, and the role of the priests in the books of Leviticus and Numbers.
Because Jesus is our High Priest and intermediary, we can go directly into the throne room of God and meet with Him face to face. Wow.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your grace that gives me life and has cleansed me. Have mercy on me a sinner.
Hebrews 9 - Day 204 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Hebrews 9:11-28
Commentary: In this section, the author focuses on provisions within the tabernacle. After describing the various objects associated with the priesthood (vv. 2–5), the author continues by describing the regulation and practice of religious life (vv. 6–10). The infrequency of access to God under the old covenant serves to demonstrate that such an arrangement could function only provisionally (vv. 7–8). Furthermore, the sacrifices’ failure to properly cleanse indicates the need for a more effective sacrifice (vv. 9–10). This description of the tabernacle leads into 9:11–10:18, which discusses Christ’s priestly ministry within the heavenly sanctuary.
Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Heb 9:1–10). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Application: Jesus the Christ is our All in All. He is the perfect God, Creator, King, Priest, Prophet, and Sacrifice. Imagine what it would be like to get a vaccine shot every day to protect us from the coronavirus. Anyone with diabetes that needs their insulin shot every day would understand how inconvenient but necessary the whole process is. The daily sacrifices were (the whole sacrificial system was) prescribed to "cover" the Israelites so that their sins would not destroy them in God's presence.
Jesus willingly died as our sacrifice, once and for all, to fulfill the requirements of the Mosaic covenant and to establish the covenant of grace. Wow!
Prayer: Lord, thank You...
Hebrews 8 - Day 203 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Hebrews 8:8-13
Observation: The author explains why the second covenant is better than the first.
Application: From my personal experience, newer doesn't always necessarily mean better. However, in terms of our relationship with God, in my opinion the new covenant is much better.
The first covenant was designed to teach the Israelites that they needed God but that realization never really sunk in because it was based on a lot of rules. In the new covenant, God said, "I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people," meaning that it's personal and based on His grace.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your grace.
Hebrews 7 - Day 202 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Hebrews 7:15-28
Commentary: Several indications have already been given that Jesus is ‘high priest for ever in the order of Melchizedek’ (cf. 5:6, 10; 6:20). That theme is now fully developed as the writer comes to the heart of his message and begins to feed his readers the ‘solid food’ that promotes spiritual maturity (cf. 5:11–14). The first part of this chapter deals with the encounter between Abraham and Melchizedek in Gn. 14, focusing on the significance of Melchizedek’s priesthood in that context (1–10). The second part of the chapter takes up the specific promise of Ps. 110:4, about the Messiah being a priest like Melchizedek, and applies it to the Lord Jesus (11–28). Perfection was not possible under the Levitical priesthood, but Jesus’ high-priestly ministry replaces the whole OT system of approaching God and ‘perfects’ believers in a relationship with him (11–19). The significance of the oath confirming the Messiah’s priesthood is explored (20–22) and then the implications of the promise that he will be priest for ever are outlined (23–25). The chapter concludes by showing how such a high priest, in contrast with the high priests of the old covenant, meets our need as sinners (26–28). Ch. 7 is the third stage in the development of the idea that Jesus is the high priest of the new covenant (cf. 2:17–18; 4:14–5:10).
Peterson, D. G. (1994). Hebrews. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1336). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.
Application; Besides being the perfect sacrifice, Jesus is the perfect High Priest because he is superior to the angels, Moses, and the Levitical priesthood. He is the Lamb of God who has come to take away the sins of the world and it is by his blood that we are saved, cleansed and forgiven.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus...