Have you ever got to the end of a book of the Bible and saw the heading "Closing Remarks" and just skip over it? If so, you've missed some great stuff. We conclude our series in Hebrews today as we look at closing remarks made by the author.
We have now reached the final chapter of the book of Hebrews. Our author begins this section with what appears to be a laundry list of commands for the church to fully embrace.
This exhortation now takes us into the fifth and final warning in the book the Hebrews. It is sobering and direct. It is to remind us that not everyone who calls themselves Christians are followers of Jesus (I John 2:19).
Remember the scene in Forrest Gump where he starts running and the braces pop off his legs and everyone realizes that despite previous indications...he was born to run? In Chapter 12, the author tells us that as it relates to the message of the Gospel, we too...were born to run!
Last week we learned that it was by faith that Abel worshipped God, Enoch walked with God, and Noah worked for God. Now, we will be encouraged by the faith of several more Old Testament champions.
Faith is our ground floor confidence that the things God has told us about the future are true, before we see them come true. This is how God's people have always followed God.
OUR CONSCIENCE (vs. 9 & 14)
Through much of this chapter our author continues to show us the differences between the old and new covenants. Something I would like us to focus on is the matter of our conscience. The conscience is the small “jimminy cricket” voice inside us that tells us if we have been naughty or nice. In the old covenant, with all it’s glory, pomp, and circumstance, the conscience of God’s people could never truly be made clean. …
People really get a kick out of playing video games. In fact, some spend more time on their computers and devices than they do in the real world. I’ve even read stories where people have added their virtual reality accomplishments to their real life job resumes in an attempt to prove their leadership prowess and work ethic. Unfortunately, people are not impressed with accomplishments that aren’t made in the real world. You can be a hero in a video game, but real life is more brutal when you look in the mirror and see a 35 year old man living in his moms basement with no job….
…Our author is now going to use the next 4 chapters to make 4 very specific points about how Jesus is better than the previous Judaic system…
Chapter 7: Jesus is of a better priestly order
Chapter 8: Jesus is priest of a better covenant
Chapter 9: Jesus is a better sanctuary
Chapter 10: Jesus is a better sacrifice
MELCHIZEDEK AND JESUS
We begin chapter 7 by looking at how Jesus is a better priest than the levitical order. Remember, Jesus wasn’t a Levite, but from the tribe of Judah.