Every September Jews around the globe and in Israel observe what they call "Rosh Hashanah" on the date of the Feast of Trumpets. We will discuss the sad truth behind this counterfeit observance of what was once a Biblically commanded holiday.
I mentioned last week that most of us are pretty rusty on the question of what exactly priests do. Well, the Hebrew writer was writing to an audience that probably used the services of priests regularly. But nonetheless, he takes a few verses to explain the duties and characteristics of priests here at the beginning of ch. 5. This is so that we can understand what he's talking about when he says that Jesus is our priest. What we'll see this morning is that a priest repairs and maintains the relationship between God and man, and that you need to take advantage of Jesus' priestly work in order to be connected to God.
The Sacrifices of First Responders. Romans 12:1-2,9-18 There are certain days that for whatever reason are burned into our hearts and minds and always will be no matter how much time passes by.
Where were you when you heard the news of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001? We're not likely to forget the circumstances surrounding that day in our lives. As we pause both as a nation and more specifically as a community of believers, I want to share with you three things that we need to keep in mind when we reflect on this tragic event.I. Sacrifice Has Its Profession. vv.1-2 II. Sacrifice Has Its Requirements. vv. 9-13 III. Sacrifice Has Its Purpose. Vv. 14-18 Jesus is our first responder when he met all our needs on the cross of Calvary.Paul tells us that we need to strengthen our commitment to unity.1. We need to make sure we're all moving in the same direction.2. We need to be willing to look out for one another.3. We need to take every opportunity to develop lasting relationships.Because we're devoted to one another. We're moving in the same direction. We share one another's burdens. We're committed to building heart-deep relationships that last a lifetime.We don't just love each other because we have to love each other. We like each other because we want to like each other.Life is better when we're connected, so let's devote ourselves to one another.You and I as believers are the sacrifices of the first responders!!!!
How did the priests come into their office? Leviticus 8 looks forward to the evening sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these thirty-six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the priests came into their office by a procedure which the Lord commanded in detail.
Safe Places Deuteronomy 33:26-29As we look for refuge in safe places, the sanctuary is always one of the most. Peaceful places. To know that you're safe from all harm. My mother was caught in a storm with my dad one time and the wind blew his hat off his head. And my dad was more concerned about trying to find that hat than he was to get to the shelter of Refuge. But I'm glad. That each and every one of us have a refuge in Jesus Christ that gives us the greatest safety in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And so no one has ever given us the best place of our sanctuary like Jesus himself. God blesses us with protection. He Himself is our shield and defender. God is our provision, supply, and prosperity. He meets every necessity and need of life.God gives us security, safety. No matter what may confront us, God secures us and delivers us from overwhelming fear.God gives us victory over all the enemies of this life. As we march to the promised land of heaven, God empowers us to conquer all the trials and temptations of life.God is our refuge and support. Underneath are His everlasting arms that hold us up and support us.
Our author, having ended his lengthy theological argument, now calls for a faithful and fitting response; this involves practical steps for how we are to live in light of that theology. To that end, we should boldly approach God in Christ, standing fast upon our confession, stirring up love and good works in the Christian community, and not neglecting the gathering of the saints. This is fitting and faithful behavior for the people of God.