Scripture Reference: Hebrews 4:14-16
How are you? Work? Marriage? Family/Kids? Physically?
How is your walk with the Lord? When was the last time you really had a sense of His presence? Knew He was talking to you?
There is great news! We have a Perfect High Priest who is Himself our help in time of need.
“High Priest” mentioned 11 times in the book of Hebrews
“confession” mentioned 5 times in the book of Hebrews
“Jesus” mentioned 13 times in the book of Hebrews
“Son” mentioned 15 times in the book of Hebrews
The Importance of the High Priest in the lives of the Hebrews:
appointed by God as the mediator between Himself and the people
only the High Priest could offer the highest sacrifice under the old covenant; once a year on the day of Atonement
all the sins of the people were brought symbolically to the Holy of Holies where blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat as a sacrifice to atone for them
he represented God before the people and the people before God
before he could offer for the people he had to make an offering for himself and his time was limited in the Holy of Holies
had to pass through 3 areas in the tabernacle or the temple
door of the outer court
through another door into the Holy Place
through the veil into the Holy of Holies
he did not sit down or delay; as soon as the sacrifice was made, he left and would not return for another year
What difference does having a great High Priest make?
HOLD FAST TO THE ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS (vv. 14b-15)
“hold fast” - arrest, seize, hold firmly
hold on to what we believe not set it down to worry, vent, or rage, but hold firmly to it because He understands and can get you through.
“sympathetic” - touched with feelings; feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune
“empathetic” - ability to understand and share the feelings of another
“weakness” - sickness; disease
DRAW NEAR TO THE ONE WHO HELPS (v. 16)
The Throne of Grace
boldly with a sense of frankness
We may receive what we so desperately need (mercy, compassion, pity)
Are you in need? In need of help?
Everyone is in need of greater surrender; greater awareness of the Lord
We have a Perfect High Priest who is Himself our help in time of need
Series: Living Hope
Scripture Reference: I Peter 5:5-14
CLOTHED IN HUMILITY
STANDING WITH VIGILANCE
- Steadfast and Aware
LIVING WITH HOPE
- Limited Season/Limitless Grace - There is a limited season of suffering but there is a listless season of grace He bestows
- Saving Grace/Perfecting Grace
“Come, let us return to the Lord.
For He has torn us, but He will heal us;
He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
“He will revive us after two days;
He will raise us up on the third day,
That we may live before Him.
“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3