Thursday in the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Hebrews 6:13-20

And Now a Word to Bolster that Word of Encouragement

The Preacher has just said that though there are those who, like that generation in the wilderness, fail to enter into His rest, he is certain that these Hebrews are not like those ancient Hebrews—they shall enter His rest.  And not by their faithfulness alone—no one enters for that reason, feeble as our fidelity is.  No.  We ultimately enter that rest and inherit the promises because of God’s faithfulness.

At this point, the Preacher turns to the example of Abraham to illustrate God’s faithfulness.  God had promised Abraham a son when Abraham was seventy-five years old and his wife sixty-five—and the Scriptures tell us that Abraham believed God and so God counted that faith to him as righteousness (Genesis 12:4; 15:6).  Yet, it was twenty-five more years before God fulfilled that promise to Abraham (Genesis 17:17; 21:5).  But God’s oath to Abraham was not based upon Abraham’s faith but on: 1) God’s word; and 2) God’s purpose which is based upon His unchanging character—both of which make it impossible that God should or would lie.  So it matters not how old Abraham and Sarah are; God has said that they shall have a baby—and they did.

And so the Preacher returns to his listeners.  They have every reason to “hold fast to the hope set before [them].”  Abraham was promised a child, but the child was not the object of hope but a means to it.  Abraham and all the Old Testament saints were longing for “a better country, a heavenly one” (11:16).  The Old Testament is the story of promises made; the New Testament is the story of promises kept.  And that promise kept is the coming of God’s Son Jesus Christ, whom Isaac prefigured (11:17-19).  But while Isaac was saved from death (Genesis 22:1-19), Jesus died on our behalf, rose, and ascended, entering the true “inner place behind the curtain,” of which the holy of holies in the temple was but a poor earthly representation, indeed, was destroyed by Roman armies in A.D. 70.

But the inner sanctum in heaven will never be destroyed.  To that place our High Priest has gone before us, in that place he intercedes for us, and from that place he waits for us.  And that is indeed a steadfast anchor for the soul.  We shall fail, but thanks be to God, He shall never fail.  And we can endure, and with God’s help we will endure.  Our High Priest has gone behind the true curtain at the Right Hand of Power.  So let us gather to him there in prayer knowing that He is the One who ever keeps His promises.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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