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Hebrews 3.1-6

Psalms 116.1-2, 12-19

Genesis 21. 1-7

A unique phrase occurs in Hebrews 3.1.  Jesus is called the Apostle, of our confession.  It is the only place in the scriptures to use this title.  Apostle means “sent one, a delegate,” and so it is with the Son of God.  In this passage in Hebrews Jesus is being compared with Moses, and shown to be superior by “so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house.”  Moses, a man who was selected by God the Father, to be the deliverer of Israel from bondage to Egypt.  As a prophecy of salvation to come, Moses was raised in the splendor of the royalty of Egypt, yet when he realized his identity as a Hebrew, took up their cause as a slave, and eventually set them free from that bondage.  This is the the picture of our salvation through Jesus Christ who, Philippians 2.6 tells us, ” although He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God a thing to grasped,  (held onto, to not let go,)  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men.  Being found in appearance as a man , He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Jesus is also in this passage noted as the High Priest of our confession, and is explained that because He was tempted as a human, “in all the same ways we are, yet with out sin, is able to deal gently with us,” and  Heb. 2.18 “since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”

Seeing the way God worked in his own personal deliverance from death the Psalmist writes a description of God as his deliverer.  Claiming the truth that God really does hear our prayers, He really does listen, He really does care.  Sarah attests to the same thing, in the Genesis passage, that God cares and keeps His vows.

Our world is entering into chaos like never before, our country is divided like never before, and it is only going to worsen as we draw closer to the end times.  We as believers need to draw closer to God, who cares deeply about us and loves us.  There is a throne of grace, built by Jehovah, operated by Jesus, our Apostle and High Priest, where we can go when we need help, so that we may find mercy and grace in the time of need.

James 4.2 “…you have not because you ask not.”

Karl

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