Epistle to the Hebrews (6:13-20)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying:“I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.”Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:13-20

If God said He would do something, it’s not necessary for Him to take an oath. God cannot lie and if He said something once, He won’t change His mind. In these verses we see something very special. God wanted to reinforce the promise He made to Abraham by an oath. This was to reassure Abraham. This helped Abraham to wait patiently and not doubt God’s promise. But we know that when Sarah proposed him the Agar option, he accepted. It is not easy to wait for a promise for such a long time when everything around us is shouting loud that it is useless to wait. When men take an oath, they often take God as witness. They do it by bearing in mind that if they fail to do what they promised, God will be the judge. For Abraham’s sake, God also took an oath by taking His Holy name as guarantee.

In order to give us the same assurance God gave to Abraham, God also made an oath that Jesus would be a high priest of the same caliber as Melchizedek(as we saw earlier). His promise is that we will inherit His Kingdom and we do not have to fear. This oath is a deep assurance that allows our heart, soul and mind to anchor itself in the most holy place. Jesus is there, there’s no need to fear. It’s because His sacrifice was so perfect that we can enter with confidence. Yes, this God almighty who is existence, is Holy, all powerful is calling us into His presence. We are talking about this God before whom mountains tremble and melt like wax.

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad.Dark clouds surround him.Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes. His lightning flashes out across the world.The earth sees and trembles.The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.” Ps 97

On mount Sinai, everyone was scared to approach God’s presence. Moses face was shining after he met God. He trembled in God’s presence.

Abraham could have doubted God’s promise because he was old and waited for such a long time. But here, God has promised something greater than what He promised to Abraham. He is calling us to come into His Holy presence. How can we dare to enter God’s Holy presence? Was not there a veil which disallowed impure priests to enter God’s presence down here on earth? The author is not even talking about the man-made tabernacle which is an image of what exists in heaven. No he is talking about God’s dwelling place where angels worship and adore Him. Are we better to dare entering God’s presence? It’s because the High Priest is calling us that we can. If the Son calls us there’s no need to fear. Perfect love drives out fear. Let us run into the Father’s arms. Jesus made it possible to make us sinners become citizens of heaven. Let us not doubt that we will one day enter God’s rest. Let us not fear to come boldly and with assurance in His presence. I might fear entering the president’s house because it’s not mine. But here God almighty made us co-heirs with Christ. The prayer of the High Priest in John 17 was :

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! ”

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it….So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

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Posted September 9, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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