There is so much truth in today’s readings and it’s hard to even begin to put into words a few key ideas from these two chapters. The two things I’ll focus on include: the Bible and Prayer.
Hebrews 4:12 is a key verse I turn to often when talking about the Word of God.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
– Hebrews 4:12NIV
God’s Word is sitting right here in front of me. On the pages of my Bible are the words of the One True God. I don’t have to wonder or worry about where I came from or why I’m here. I know. I’m a child of the King. My prayer this morning is that I never take for granted this great book. It’s so much more than a book on a shelf. It’s a tool. It’s a lifeline. It’s my primary way I hear my Heavenly Father speaking.
The second passage today that is so key for me from these two chapters is Hebrews 4:14-16:
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
– Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV
This may seem foreign to someone who never grew up in a priestly format of church life, but this is a huge deal. Because of Jesus Christ, there is no need for a priest to speak on your behalf to God. Jesus’ death and resurrection removed the veil. He himself is our high priest. That means (as vs. 16 says) we can approach God. We can talk to him just as we would anyone else.
Ultimately, these two passages are about two key topics for the believer: the Bible & Prayer. Because of Jesus, we have direct access to our Heavenly Father through prayer and we have His Word to guide our path. Never take for granted the opportunity to read the Bible and pray without ceasing. Spend some time this morning with Him.