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Friday, September 12, 2014

Hebrews in September Challenge

I have been studying Hebrews this September with a group of other Christian young women. The interesting thing is, I have only met a few of them face to face. The others I have "met" through an email group where we share thoughts and gleanings from our study of Hebrews. This is my reading schedule:
Day 1: Read Hebrews chapters 1-6
Day 2: Read Hebrews  chapters 7-13
Day 3: Repeat as before...

I thought I'd share some of my thoughts here. 

I noticed these verses, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." (Heb. 12: 5a - 6) 

If we are the Lord's sons (and daughters) then we can expect discipline just like an earthly father disciplines us. It is actually a sign that we are one of His, if we experience hardships and painful things in our life. 

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Heb. 12:11

In our culture today, people use the word Jesus a lot, and hardly ever use His full name, Jesus Christ, or the Lord Jesus Christ. These verses reminded me that we serve a Holy God and we should be reverent and have godly fear in His presence. At times, I can almost forget that God is a real person, because He is invisible. But He is real and alive, and He speaks to us through His Word if we are just willing to slow down and read it! 

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.  For our God is a consuming fire." Heb. 12:28-29

It is wonderful to know that Christ is our High Priest,  and he knows what it is like to be tempted. Yet, he was without sin. He extends mercy and grace to us, when we are in desperate need of it. 

"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." 
Heb. 4:15-16

What about you? Have you been reading or studying a certain passage in Scripture?
What have you learned from it? 

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