Getting In, Staying In, Getting Out — Bible Journey Day 6
Bible Journey – Day 6 – 21 Sept 2009
Getting In, Staying In, Getting Out
Hebrews 3-5 (all quotes from NET. translation)
For we have become partners with Christ,
if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end. (Heb 3:14)
Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest,
so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience. (4:11)
Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help. (4:16)
He is able to deal compassionately with those who are ignorant and erring,
since he also is subject to weakness, (5:2)
On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish in hearing. For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. (5:11-12)
Welcome to another way-station on my Fumbling Journey through the Bible. Make yourself comfortable, and let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.
We fight so much over how to get into, how to stay within, and what it takes to get out of covenant with God. The writer of Hebrews seems to be writing to a 1st-century synagogue setting, where followers of Moses and followers of Jesus might still congregate together to hear Holy Scripture and to wrestle with their very real commonalities and differences. Whether or not that is the case, it seems evident (from chapter 4, at least) that the writer expects their audience to be composed both of believers in Jesus as well as potential disciples.
So his words seem particularly appropriate to meditate over when we’re thinking about boundary matters – what things the Bible actually says will destroy our relationship with the One True God. Here’s a post from Jay Guin from the Grace Conversation site – it exceeds even his usual excellent standards! All I would add this evening is this: The writer of Hebrews says, basically: “If you’re not in, make sure you get in! If you’re in, don’t ever let go of the confidence that led you in! No matter what happens, the High Priest is always available, and since he’s your brother, he knows you, understands your struggles, and has much to share with you. Make yourself ready to hear Him.”
That’s what I want to do – make sure I’m ready to hear Him, to actually heed His words. What do you think? Why do we seem more willing to “fill in the blanks” than to heed what is plainly said?
In HIS love,