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Psalm 91:1-2New King James Version (NKJV)

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He ismy refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

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Hold Fast: Just Live by Faith

Romans 1:17 live by faithHebrews 10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Animal Sacrifices Insufficient

10 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

Christ’s Death Fulfills God’s Will

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”[a]

Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offeringsfor sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”[b] He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Christ’s Death Perfects the Sanctified

11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”[c] 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”[d] 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Hold Fast Your Confession

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

The Just Live by Faith

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[e] says the Lord.[f]And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on me[h] in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.[i] 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37 “For yet a little while,
And He[j] who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the[k] just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”[l]

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 10:7 Psalm 40:6–8
  2. Hebrews 10:9 NU-Text and M-Text omit O God.
  3. Hebrews 10:16 Jeremiah 31:33
  4. Hebrews 10:17 Jeremiah 31:34
  5. Hebrews 10:30 Deuteronomy 32:35
  6. Hebrews 10:30 NU-Text omits says the Lord.
  7. Hebrews 10:30 Deuteronomy 32:36
  8. Hebrews 10:34 NU-Text reads the prisoners instead of me in my chains.
  9. Hebrews 10:34 NU-Text omits in heaven.
  10. Hebrews 10:37 Or that which
  11. Hebrews 10:38 NU-Text reads My just one.
  12. Hebrews 10:38 Habakkuk 2:3, 4

journey to see God: Abraham’s God

Yom Teruah, the Day of Trumpets.Abraham was a man noted of his faith in the unseen God. God was pleased with faith. God rewarded his faith. Why did he have such faith as to obey God without reserve? God told him, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.” Why did Abraham obey when no one (not even Abraham) had seen this God? Abraham was already 75 years old and had established himself in his home ground with wealth and fame. Why should he leave all behind and move his base to a new and unknown ground? He could have refused his father’s decision to move from Ur to Haran. After the death of his father he could have returned from Haran to Ur. Or he could have remained in Haran where he had continued to prosper. But Abraham uprooted and moved on when God told him to do so.

We often ask the same question when we read of men and women (missionaries) leave their homeland and go to foreign and unknown remote lands. The watchman has asked the same questions and found one answer. The answer is Abraham had known his God. The missionaries know their God. Who is this God? He must be real to those who are willing to give up all to follow Him to the end of the earth. He must be so great to them that they have no alternative but to listen to Him and obey His command. His love for them must be so overwhelming that they have followed Him wholeheartedly and without doubt. His reality and impact on their lives have enabled them to become the overcomers in Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Who is Abraham’s God? We can have glimpses of Him when we read Abraham’s experience with God. We can also know from reading the Bible’s record of how God viewed Abraham. Not only that, we read of how God viewed those who had gone before us but had their names recorded in the hall of faith in Hebrews 11 and 12. (Quoted in parts. Please read the whole chapters)

Hebrews 11 New King James Version (NKJV)

By Faith We Understand and see God

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Faithful Abraham

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

The Heavenly Hope

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

By Faith They Overcame

39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Hebrews 12 New King James Version (NKJV) The Race of Faith

1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Renew Your Spiritual Vitality

12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

The Glorious Company

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Hear the Heavenly Voice

25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[j] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

walking with Jesus: Mark 7 “Be opened.”

When we read Mark 7 we see the contrast between two groups of people, towards Jesus.

1. groups of powerful religious or theological authorities who close their eyes and ears to Jesus: for examples, the Pharisees and some of the scribes who are merely concerned with the superficial forms of religious/traditional practices for which they choose to ignore the spiritual truth behind those practices. Their goal is to find fault in Jesus and accuse Him. They totally overlook the great miracles and good He is doing, showing and proving the true nature of God and God’s love.

2. Individuals who open themselves to Jesus by simple faith without questioning: for examples, a woman who kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter; a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech and could not even speak for himself (and his friends had to bring him for healing and he was of course very willing).

Application: Jesus reminds us of the greatest commandment. Love God with our whole being. It takes faith to love an unseen God. God is pleased with faith. Faith in God (through belief in Jesus) actually speaks a truth: trust in God’s love and in turn love God.

~~~~~~~~~~~Bible verses are quoted in part with added highlight:

Jesus’ conversation with the religious and theological authorities:

Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’[b]

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men[c] —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

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Jesus’ conversation with a foreign woman whose nationality was considered unclean in those days:

28 And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.”

29 Then He said to her, For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”

30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.

Jesus’ interaction with a man who needs healing and has to be brought to Jesus by others:

32 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. 33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, Be opened.”

35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.