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Mark 8 – You HAVE to Get This!

So In Mark 6 Jesus fed the multitudes with five loaves and two fish.  There were twelve baskets leftover.  In Mark 7, they panic when Jesus walks by their boat (on the water) during a storm.  Mark says that they clearly haven’t learned the lesson from the bread.  Apparently the Apostles are supposed to be learning to put their faith in God and quit paying so much attention to the obstacles.  In Mark 8 Jesus decides to give them another chance to get the lesson and he now feeds four thousand with seven loaves and a few fish and has seven baskets left over.

So after a quick argument with the Pharisees Jesus and the Apostles get on a boat and they realize that the Apostles forget to bring lunch and there is only a single loaf of bread.  As Jesus begins teaching the about how they need to be different from the Pharisees and Herod, he uses leaven as an illustration.

At this point, some Apostle says to another, “What’s he talking about with this leaven of the Pharisees

BREAD? BREAD? You think I am worried there isn’t enough BREAD!?!?

stuff?”  Somebody replies, “I think he is upset we forgot the bread.  I mean, how can this many of us eat with only one loaf of bread?”

At this moment Jesus’ head explodes.  I can’t even imagine what went through his head in that moment.  He cannot fathom that the Apostles are failing to learn the lesson of the bread.  So now we review:

Jesus:  Remember when I fed five thousand with five loaves?  How much was leftover?

Apostles:  Twelve baskets.  (This is one thousand people per loaf)

Jesus: Remember when I fed four thousand with seven loaves?  How much leftover?

Apostles: Seven baskets.  (This is only 571 people per loaf.)

Jesus: If I wanted us to eat, don’t you think I could come up with something out of that one loaf?  I mean, on my worst day that’s enough to feed 571 people so that should cover the dozen or so of us.

Jesus knows that he is eventually going to leave this group of men and women to trust that God will provide for them no matter what their eyes tell them.  They must learn to trust God to overcome any obstacles.  As it stands, all they see is obstacles.

Perhaps thats why, immediately after Peter professes his belief that Jesus is the Messiah, that Jesus tells them that he will be taken to Jerusalem and killed and resurrected on the third day.  Of course, Peter only sees the obstacle in this.  Jesus, however, tells Peter that he is thinking only of human concerns and not the things of God.  

One of the hardest things for me to do is to see things God’s way and not my way.  I always want plenty of time to plan, to count the cost, to trust in my own ability to overcome what obstacles are ahead of me.  And there is value to that, even in scripture.  But there is something to be said for trusting always that God will help me overcome whatever obstacles are placed before me.

Like the Apostles, I desperately need to learn the lesson of the loaves if I am going to be a part of growing his Kingdom and doing his work in the world.  I need to trust in his power and not mine.  I need to put my confidence in God ahead of my fear of whatever the world puts in front of me.

 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Mark

 

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Mark 2 – Jesus Changes How We View the World

The Jews lived in a time of anticipation. Most of their practices and rituals were done in regards to anticipation. The order of the Jewish day was evening morning. Their day started when the sun went down and they went to sleep. They anticipated that God was going to do something. The Sabbath and fasting were times of anticipation as well. God was in control. God was going to do something. All of these things were to be a continual reminder of God’s work to be done in the world. There is a lot more to these practices but I’m oversimplifying for the point of these passages.

We live in a different time. A time that has been redefined by the resurrection. When does our day start (Think about before we had clocks)? It starts when the sun comes up. Christ has risen. A new day has dawned. The reason Christians began meeting on Sunday instead of Saturday is because Sunday is the first day of the week. The day Jesus was resurrected. The first day of the new creation. When Christ came, redemption came with him…the very thing the Jews were anticipating. He is the new wine to be poured into new wineskins. Let him make you new. He is the Lord of the Sabbath. The anticipation of God acting is fulfilled in Christ. We are no longer in a time of waiting because Christ has brought about redemption for a creation that is broken. We live in a time of doing because Christ has already begun God’s work of redemption and he has called us to join him.

Crowds flock to Jesus because of what he is doing to redeem this brokenness. They don’t just come alone but they bring their friend. I love that in the first story, it is because of the faith of the guys carrying the paralyzed man that Jesus forgave him of his sins. How awkward would it be then to have Jesus turn around to the crowd, look at the teachers of the law, and address the things in which they were thinking? In case there was any confusion as to who Jesus is…he asked which would be easier, “to forgive or to heal?” He then heals the guy as well. Jesus didn’t just come to bring redemption of the brokenness of the body but also redemption of the brokenness of souls.

Jesus gives us a different way of looking at the world. He turns the social order on its head. I don’t think I ever recognized that when Jesus called Levi he was in the middle of walking and teaching a large crowd. As a great object lesson as to what he is all about. He stops and calls the tax collector in front of everyone. He came for the sick…not those who think they are healthy. The sooner we realize our brokenness the sooner we will turn to the doctor.

Jesus came to turn the world on its end. To show God’s people what God intended His creation to look like in the first place. He reminds us that those who are despised by society can be taken in, redeemed, and transformed into His likeness in order to change the world. When I read passages like these I have to ask myself if I have too many Christian friends. Am I befriending the people Jesus hung out with in order to be a presence of peace in their lives?

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Bible Blog, Mark

 

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John 17 – Prayers for Love and Unity

I have always believed that these prayers take us so near to the heart of Jesus.  We’ve all seen movies where soldiers are about to go into a battle that they don’t expect to live through.  They all begin swapping letters to be sent to loved ones in case they don’t survive.  It’s an emotionally evocative moment to even try imagining what might be written in those letters, or perhaps what we might write in our own.  For Jesus, these prayers are close to that moment.  He is prepared for his impending death on the cross and now he stops, as he so often did before momentous occasions in his ministry, to pray.

He begins by praying for himself.  In all of the prayers, there are two common threads.  First is relationship and community.  Jesus is praying that he be given the glory he had with God before the world began.  Jesus is looking forward to this heavenly reunion.  Secondly, Jesus prays that others will come to believe because of the relationship between the Father and the Son.

He then prays for his Apostles and disciples.  This, the longest of the three prayers focuses intently on Jesus’ desire that they be protected.  There is also a strong emphasis on the words Jesus has given them.  You might remember that John’s Gospel begins with the imagery of Jesus as the word that became flesh and now he prays that he has given his words to his followers.  There is this powerful implication that Jesus’ work that he has finished, remains ongoing in the lives, words, and teachings of the Apostles.  There is of course, also mention of their need for unity and a hope that they will bring others to faith in Jesus.

Finally, Jesus comes to us.  And by us, I of course mean all believers and Christians who were not actual Apostles or disciples.  His prayer is largely about unity.  Jesus has this grand vision and expectation that how his followers treat one another will be the single most important factor in determining how the world will view this entire Christian movement.  If Christians can’t love each other, then it’s all a waste.  However, if we can learn from how God and Jesus love each other, and how Jesus has loved others, then the world will recognize us as Jesus’ followers.

Jesus, in these prayers is so aware of his own personal mission to make sure the world knows God.  He shows how intentional he has been in his ministry to the Apostles and how much hope and faith his has in them to carry out what he has started.  It’s so powerful to realize that today we play a part in this introducing of God to the world and that it’s supposed to be obvious in the way we treat one another.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in John

 

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John 4 – The Harvest is Bigger Than You Think

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. – John 3:34

Jesus will speak “the words of God” to an increasingly hostile world, mostly represented by the Jewish religious establishment in Jerusalem. Jesus came so that all might have life. As we saw in chapter 2, Jesus was revealed to the servants in at the celebration, we now see more explicitly in chapter 4 that Jesus is to be revealed to those whom the world doesn’t see as worthy. We will continually be reminded that the Gospel is for all people.

Jesus begins speaking the words of God amongst foreigners…but not just any foreigners, Samaritans…but not just any Samaritan, a woman…but not just any woman, a sinful woman. Jesus chooses to reveal his identity to a reject amongst a rejected society (4:26). He is then acclaimed as “the savior of the world” (4:42). From this story on through chapter 12 Jesus then meets nothing but rejection throughout Jerusalem (chapter 5, 7-12) and Galilee (chapter 6).

After the disciples rejoin Jesus, he tells them to look to the fields because they are ripe for harvest. This would probably have been a bit puzzling for the disciples because a crowed of Samaritans was walking towards them. Jesus is continuing to show them that the Gospel is for all people and this is the will of the one who sent him. He says that it is to finish God’s work. We need to stop and reconnect with the Story of God as it is seen in the Bible. God has set out to fix his broken creation…all of it. The Jews miss this in their thinking that God is just for them. Jesus continues to embody and demonstrate the Story of God’s work to redeem his broken creation. Jesus needs to make sure that his disciples understand that Story that they are joining.

At the end of this chapter we come to the second of Jesus’ signs, The Healing of the Official’s Son. Because of all that they saw him do (v45) they welcomed him. Knowing all that Jesus had already done and that he had power, the Official went to Jesus for his son to be healed because he was nearing death. The Official wants Jesus to go with him and preform the miracle but Jesus demonstrates that his power is not confined to his location and the boy was healed. When Jesus addresses that the people want to see miraculous signs and wonders the Official keeps his focus on his son. Jesus sends him on his way and he has no choice but to take him at his word. We have a savior who has come to redeem all people and has the power to do so. Will we take him at his word?

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in John

 

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2 Peter 1 – From a Shepherd

Peter’s first letter was written primarily to help the church figure out how to deal with dangers and threats from outside of the church.  This letter is written from Peter to help protect them from evildoers and false teachers who have come into the church.  Peter, a shepherd of the early church, recognizes the danger of a wolf among the sheep and writes this letter to protect them and also provide them with a guide for dealing with these problems in the future.  He has three primary purposes: to stimulate Christian growth, to combat false teaching, and to encourage watchfulness because of the knowledge that Jesus will return.

Chapter 1 has the beautiful poetic progression of what the Christian life should be.  The progression is in a list below so you won’t just skim over it.  You come to faith through knowledge and are no longer part of the evil desires that control this world.  For this reason:

  • to your faith add goodness
  • to goodness add knowledge
  • to knowledge add self-control
  • to self-control add perseverance
  • to perseverance add godliness
  • to godliness add mutual affection
  • and to mutual affection add love

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  In the church today we often talk about how you must have faith and then you are saved.  Then, we have this idea as long as you hold on to your faith and stay out of the corruption of this world, then you are good to go (to heaven presumably).  However, Peter recognizes that faith and avoidance of sin are not the culmination of Christian living.  Rather, the precede Christian growth.  Once you have faith and end sinful living, that is when Christian growth begins.

So what does it look like?  Well, it looks like the list above.  Which means for Christians today, we should be able to take the list and use it as a measuring tool against which we can see where we need to be growing.  It’s also worth noting that the list begins with faith, knowledge and goodness, which many would consider the pinnacle of Christian living, and then ascends towards godliness, mutual affection, and love.  These are the higher order attributes of Christians and what all who claim to be Christians should be aspiring towards.

I would encourage you today to go through and honestly and prayerfully evaluate your own life by each of the items on the list.  In fact, we would all benefit from doing this on a regular basis.  Peter says in verse 8 that Christians are to have these qualities “in increasing measure.”  This is important because this isn’t a check list that anybody could ever say, “Love…got it…check.”  You must have these qualities in ever increasing measure.  So today I challenge you to be looking for ways to grow in each of these areas, especially those which have the most room for improvement.

After all, if you don’t do it, Peter believes you will be near-sighted and blind.  And in his world that meant you had no ability to take care of yourself, see danger ahead, or know what’s coming.  You would should stumble.  Instead, do these things and receive a rich welcome (read as awesome party) into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2013 in 2 Peter

 

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James 2 – Destroy Social Status – Evident Faith

When you meet someone for the first time you are typically asked the same number of questions. Who are you? Where are you from? And the most important…what do you do? We might not realize it but in a lot of ways we classify people based on their profession. There is a certain level of social shame to have to say, “I don’t currently have a job.” We wrap so much of our identity up in “what we do” that we find our value, and often give people value, based on these professions. Is there a way to communicate to people that we don’t care who they are, where they are from, or what they do, all we care about is that they are a child made in the image of God and that is where all of their value and identity comes from?

Tatian (120-180 AD)

One of the major reasons the early church was persecuted was because it messed up the social order of the Roman world. In a culture that thrived on class and social status Christianity created problems. There are letters that were written from one governor to another, complaining about the Christians and how there seemed to be no divisions between groups of people. They all seemed to act as one. Early Christianity created a sense of belonging that made people feel included, loved, and cared for. They welcomed outsiders, regardless of their background, and thus overcame the divisions of gender, ethnicity and class that characterized the Roman world. The second century Christian writer Tatian claimed, “Because we do not make any distinction in rank and outward appearance, or wealth and education, or age and sex, they devise an accusation against us that we practice cannibalism and sexual perversions.”

 

James, in this first section, says, “God doesn’t show favoritism and neither do His people.” When we fully live this out we develop a community of people to which all are welcome. We embody the love and peace of Christ that transforms communities. See everyone in the same way that God sees them. Do not show favoritism and do not do things just so that others will favor you.

Thursday, Kent reminded us out of James 1 that, “Your faith should impact your life.  Unfortunately, this remains a radical concept today when thousands of Christians attend church on Sundays and it has no affect on their decisions, actions, or words throughout the rest of the week.  What’s frightening is when their conscience is not even pricked by such behavior.  It is to this crisis that James wrote and to which his words still speak today.” James goes on in chapter two to say that if you say you have faith but it isn’t evident in how you live then you don’t really have faith.

What does this look like? If Jesus calls you to pick up your cross and follow him, to come and die, and you continually strive to preserve your sense of worth and identity then you haven’t taken the call of Christ seriously. When you say, “I’ve been crucified with Christ that I no longer live but Christ lives in me…” (Gal 2:20) and you live as though that happened figuratively in your baptism, then you haven’t taken seriously what you did in your baptism. Your baptism was not “just a symbol” of what has happened but it was you participating in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is why throughout the New Testament we see the writers reminding Christians what they did in their baptism as a way of handling different situations.

You cannot simply believe in Jesus and actually be a Christian. You have to live it. Sitting in the auditorium during a worship service makes you a Christian about as much as sitting in the garage makes you a car. A transformation has to take place. Simply believing in Jesus puts you on the same level as the demons. Allow yourself to be transformed.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Bible Blog, James

 

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James 1 – Life Consistent with Faith

We don’t know for sure who actually wrote the book of James.  The name James was very common at this time, but it is most likely that the letter was written by the most well known James of the early church, the brother of Jesus.  James was a pillar of faith in the Jerusalem church.  While most people assume that Peter was the strongest leader in the early church, there is much church tradition that indicates that James was just as much a pillar and leader in Jerusalem.

This letter is addressed to the twelve tribes.  This could mean that James is writing to a more Jewish audience, but I lean towards it being a Jewish phrase (since James was a Jew) to describe all the Christians in the churches around the world.  This is different from many of the letters that we have in the New Testament that are addressed to a specific individual or congregation.  James understood his letter to contain instructions valuable to Christians in all places and all situations.

The book is well known for being full of practical instructions for Christian living.  Similar in many ways to the wisdom literature found in the Old Testament, this book puts forth the idea that our lives should be consistent with our faith.  If we believe in Jesus but that belief never touches our life through our actions and practices then we have nothing.  The book also seems to be dealing with problems that were already creeping into the early church community.  We know from Acts that the Apostles had to appoint servants to be in charge of making sure widows were fed fairly.  Apparently the widows who behaved more “Jewish” were getting better care than the Jewish widows who behaved more like Romans.  Prejudice towards widows is a problem.  And there was the problem with Ananias and Sapphira, who wanted the glory of generosity without the willingness to actually give.  In James we see that there is prejudice between the wealthy and the poor in the church as well.  

In the office we have a saying that’s more of a joke than anything, but occasionally we find ourselves saying “Ministry would be the greatest job in the world if it weren’t for the people.”  Well James has discovered exactly that and now he is writing to help people bring their lives into alignment with the Gospel that they proclaim to believe.

The last several verses of chapter 1 highlight this very point, that if you should get rid of moral filth and instead accept the word of God planted in you.  Don’t just listen to the word and deceive yourself, but actually DO WHAT IT SAYS!  Your faith should impact your life.  Unfortunately, this remains a radical concept today when thousands of Christians attend church on Sundays and it has no affect on their decisions, actions, or words throughout the rest of the week.  What’s frightening is when their conscience is not even pricked by such behavior.  It is to this crisis that James wrote and to which his words still speak today.  We will cover the entire book in the next week, so be sure to keep reading and measuring your life against the teachings of James.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in James

 

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Hebrews 12 – Their Faces Move Us Forward

I have a confession to make, and to those of you who know me best this will not come as a surprise.  I am a nerd.  I have always been a nerd and continue to be one today.  I was on the Academic Team, MathCounts, Scholastic Team, and was Academic All-State (and yes, I do have an All-State jacket just like the football and basketball guys.  Mine just has the lamp of knowledge on it).  I also loved a series of Fantasy (like Lord of the Rings, not weird Romance stuff) novels by Robert Jordan as a kid.  The series was completed this month, but before reading the last couple of books I decided to listen to the first eleven on audio book again first.

I tell you all of that to tell you that a number of the scenes in this book take place on royal castles.  One character in particular is destined to be Queen someday and she is always talking about the portraits of former queens that hang around the palace.  They remind her of the great queens of the past and make sure she doesn’t forget the legacy being passed down to her.  They inspire her to pursue this kind of courage and leadership in her own life.  At times, she feels she cannot go on, but the eyes of those queens of old, looking down on her refuse to let her fail.  With an audience like that, she must have a courage worthy of those who went before her.  

You can see why Hebrews 11 and 12 remind me of these stories.  The writer of Hebrews very literally wants us to be inspired, motivated, encouraged and held accountable by this ancient Hebrew heroes.  It’s also worth noting that the writer is claiming Israel’s ancient heroes as the heroes of the Christian community as well, which is interesting since they are not all Jewish.  But chapter 12 begins with the idea that because we have an audience of heroes who are watching us, we should not waver in our faith but press on to the goal.  We should have laser like focus on Jesus and refuse to be distracted from anything.  I mean, think of what those heroes accomplished and think about what we can accomplish with Jesus today!  So just recognize that when troubles come, God is working through those troubles to make us even better children.

And don’t let anything get in the way.  Live in peace with one another so that conflict doesn’t tear us apart.  Live pure lives so that sin doesn’t rip you away from the Gospel. Don’t let earthly desires tear away your true desire for what matters the most…that happened to Esau and look how that ended for him.  Stay focused.

After all, Israel stood at a mountain where God gave them the law and they trembled with fear and anguish because what was on the mountain was terrifying.  But we have come to a mountain of joy, a mountain of salvation, a mountain where God gives us a covenant of peace and love.  How can anybody turn away from this mountain to go back to the mountain of terror?  So worship our God…the God of the unshakable kingdom.  And do not fall away!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Hebrews

 

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Hebrews 11 – Stones of Faith

In chapter 10, the readers are reminded to not look back to the old way of doing things but to look forward to what Christ has done. He did this once for all. We were baptized once for our sins. The Hebrew writer keeps giving the reminder to stay the course, don’t look back!

Hebrews 11 then begins with how we are able to look forward and not look back: Faith. Faith is what gives us the ability to move forward without looking back. I really like this translation of 11:1-2. “What then is faith? It is what gives assurance to our hopes, it is what gives us conviction about things we can’t see.”

Faith, for the Hebrew writer, is always in conjunction with hope. Faith is looking at God and trusting him for everything. Hope is looking at the future and trusting God for it. I’ve joked for a few years now that I am not an optimist but a realist. The more I joke about it the more I feel like it is true. I have little hope or faith in my fellow man, which means I am not much of an optimist. Before I get written off as a cynic, I look at history and see all of the advancements we have made and basically see that we have merely created whole new ways of killing each other and ways of blaming our problems on our parents. I’m playing this up a bit but what I want to communicate is that putting faith and hope in our fellow man will fail us. Putting faith and hope in our government will disappoint us. Putting faith and hope in the old way of doing things will always come up short.

Faith is defined in relation to hope because faith gives your hope assurance. It is one thing to hope for a better world, for new life beyond the grace, but unless you believe in the God who raised Jesus from the dead and conquered death then your hope is merely degenerated into optimism…which is why I’m a realist who believes in God.

It is by faith that we understand all things. It is by faith that we understand that God created out of nothing. One of my favorite questions I get asked is, “Where did God come from? What created God?” Those questions are based on an understanding we have within creation that everything has a beginning. The reason we think that way is because we have a beginning. Should this notion of “beginning” be applied to the being that created the world that holds that concept? We take it on faith.

The Hebrew writer establishes that faith goes back to creation and claims all the characters in Israel’s story going forward. I got to do some hiking in the highlands of Scotland back in ’04. The highlands are incredibly rugged mountains that are almost vertical in most places. When you look down below you see these amazing lochs (lakes) gathered at the base of the mountains winding around. The higher we got up the mountain the more I struggled with my steps. We weren’t doing switchbacks like most mountains. We were going straight up. At one point I realized that we were hiking on a stone path. This blew my mind but then gave me great hope. The realization that someone had not only been there before but had carried rock with them to pave the way for me gave me great hope. I can’t help think about that hiking trip when I read about these stones of faith that have been put in place.

On other backpacking trips I’ve been on there is a common sight that most people don’t notice unless they are looking for it. It is called a cairn. A cairn is a stack of rocks that someone has stacked up to mark the trail. These come in handy when you are in the basin of some mountains and you’ve gotten off the trial. You look out and look for a small stack of rocks marking the way. I’ve been on a number of trails where it is hard to see where the path is going and I look for the cairn. I’m thankful for the people who have gone before me to show me the way.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Bible Blog, Hebrews

 

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Hebrews 6 – Beyond the Basics

When it comes to learning, foundations matter.  I remember as a kid in school that every fall we had to relearn everything we had covered the previous year (and then went and forgot during the summer).  My teachers knew that if my foundations from the previous year were not strong they could not continue teaching me new things.  On a side note, it’s this principle that actually makes me an advocate for smaller summer vacations since there is a more continuous teaching process and less “foundation repair” required.

For Christians, we cannot simply stay in kindergarten our entire lives singing the ABC’s.  We must master our letters and then move on.  This is the natural order of things.  Can you imagine walking into a high school classroom and hearing the teacher say, “Students, please stand up and all together let’s sing our ABC’s”?  And yet there are basic foundational teachings of Christianity that people struggle with all of the time.  But it’s often not because we mastered them and then forgot them, but more often is because we never knew them in the first place.

So what are these fundamental teachings the Hebrew writers hopes we have all mastered so we can move to more difficult teachings needed for mature Christians?

  • Repentance from acts of death (sin)
  • Faith in God
  • Instruction about cleansing rites (baptism)
  • The laying on of hands
  • Resurrection of the dead
  • Eternal judgment

I am going to completely ignore the fact that not many churches today to much of anything that looks like the New Testament practice of laying on of hands.  But how much do most Christians know about the reasons we get baptized (or in some cases don’t get baptized)?  How much do we know about the resurrection of the dead, which in the New Testament is shown to be a bodily resurrection?  If we understood this, we would likely have fewer pictures of people floating in the clouds with wings and harps.  Certainly modern Christians have room for improvement in the basics before we even more on to maturity.

The text then talks about how those who move beyond these things and then walk away from their faith cannot come back.  I don’t personally think that Hebrews is attempting to deal with the larger theological question about whether or not fallen Christians can return to their faith.  I understand it to be a continuation of this idea
that dropping out of Calculus to go practice your simple addition is counter to the way things are supposed to work.  Once you are “in” and “beyond the basics” keep moving forward towards maturity.  I think personal experience has brought most of us in contact with Christians who fell away for a time before being restored to their faith.  This passage doesn’t tell us that isn’t possible.

Instead of falling away though, what we should do is stay firmly attached to God’s Kingdom.  Verse 19 goes on to talk about how our Christian hope is an anchor.  Although the metaphor is a little odd because the anchor isn’t on a boat or in the water.  Rather, the anchor goes behind the curtain.  The Jewish audience would have immediately recognized that the curtain was the boundary to the inner sanctuary of the Temple, where God lived among his people.  But Jesus doesn’t anchor us to the Temple.  Rather, Jesus goes behind the real curtain to the real throne room of God, that is heaven.  Our hope in Jesus is the chain that holds us firmly and safely attached to God’s throne room in heaven.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Hebrews

 

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