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Hebrews 5-10

12/7/2018

A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
          
            Chapters 5-7 contain an exposition of Psalm 110:4, and focus on the superiority of Christ to Aaron.
  Not only is Christ more important than Moses the lawgiver, but also than Aaron the priest.  Because He has been tempted in every way like us, Christ is in a unique position to understand and present our needs to the Father as our Mediator or high priest.
             Chapter 6 contains one of the most difficult passages in the New Testament.  It seems to imply that the believer may lose his/her salvation.  The point is different, however:  there are people who get as close to Christ as anyone can without fully committing their lives to Him (Judas was one of the Twelve and yet never made such a commitment).  Eventually, events and circumstances will reveal this incompleteness as they walk away from what appeared to be a genuine relationship of faith in Jesus Christ to a position in which they are clearly indifferent to Him or His active enemies.
             The comparison of Jesus and Melchizedek is explained in chapter 7 and 8.  The fact that Melchizedek was both a priest and a king fits perfectly with the mission and identity of Christ, who becomes the ultimate Mediator and high priest while at the same time remaining ruler over all.
             The nature and value of Christ’s sacrifice is discussed in chapters 9 and 10.  His blood is the final atonement for sin so His sacrifice can be once and for all.  Through His sacrifice and atonement, we are now free to enter into the very presence of God without fear and should have a sense of doing so in all of our gatherings.  We are to make such gatherings a regular part of our lives out of reverence for God and regard for the needs of others to see and be encouraged by our presence. 
             Have you ever spent a significant amount of time just thinking about who Christ is?  His life and death and resurrection; His love and commitment and sacrifice for us; His power to conquer death and offer us eternal life?   Spend some time today reflecting on the nature and work of Jesus Christ and what His devotion means to our own sense of security and well-being.
             Do you attend worship regularly in the context of your own Christian church?  Hebrews 10:25 warns us not to neglect this as it is crucial to the building up and maintenance of the Body of Christ (or the Church).  Make a commitment that for the next 12 months you will not miss attending worship services on Sunday even once.  This means:  if you are on vacation, you will go; if you are sick you will at least watch TV or listen to the radio;  even if you don’t like everything you encounter, you will go – not out of loyalty to some human institution, but out of obedience to Christ and regard for His People.  Ask someone else to go with you and make it a habit.  See if God does not bless you in some ways you might never have predicted.
8 A. Eugene Pearson 2010