Sunday, April 4, 2010

He Is Risen!

Hebrews 7:23-8:13

   23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
   26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

8 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. 5 They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, "See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain." 6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.

8 For he finds fault with them when he says:

"Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
       when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
       and with the house of Judah,
9 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
       on the day when I took them by the hand
       to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
       and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
       after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
       and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
       and they shall be my people.
11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
       and each one his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,'
for they shall all know me,
       from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
       and I will remember their sins no more."

13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.


Anonymous said...


What better way to observe Holy Week than to give us Holy Scripture to meditate upon. No comment, no sermon, no explanation--just God Himself talking to us, especially Hebrews and the Psalms--an inspired choice.

Thanks for your "back to basics" approach this week.


Scott Diekmann said...

Thank you Johannes. That was exactly my thought. I could have tried to write some sort of commentary, but knew I'd fail in comparison to God's own "commentary."