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04/21/2009

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Some Better Stuff


"Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case----things that accompany salvation" (Heb. 6:9).

I am not a shopper. I think that there must be a mindset about shopping. Maybe its patience or perhaps the "thrill of the hunt." Perhaps its all about bargains. You know..... Trying to get exactly what you want for the best price possible. When I go food shopping, I don't mind getting the fruit. I kind of like going through each orange, lemon, or apple to find the ones that are the "best." My adult class on Sunday morning and teen class on Wednesday evening are in the Book of Hebrews this quarter. The key message in my estimation in this book is about "better things."

The book was written especially to Jewish Christians. In 1:4 it states that Jesus is "superior than the angels." The Jews held angels in very high esteem. They were exalted beings to be especially revered because they were involved in giving the law at Sinai. Even the Dead Sea Scrolls reflect the expectation that the archangel Michael would be the supreme figure in the Messianic kingdom. Christ had always been better than the angels, but the point emphasized here is that His glorification depended on His fulfillment of the requirements of the human state. When He passed through His human experiences, (Phil. 2:8 & 9) He ascended to the right side of God and proved once and for all that He was superior to the angels.

In the today's verse, it says that as Christians, better things are expected of us. It is preceded by verses 6 and 7 that speak of not being like the "unfruitful ground." The Jewish Christians of that day were under great pressure to return to Judaism. They were persuaded to seek the better things...Those were the things that were attendant to salvation. "(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God" (7:19). One of the things that characterizes the message of Jesus in the Gospels is this better hope. The law "made nothing perfect." This better hope (Jesus) enables us to draw near to God in ways that were never possible. This better hope allows us to have an intimate relationship with God through His Son.

"But the ministry that Jesus has received is superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is the mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises" (8:6). The new covenant was a "new law." The perfect law of liberty (Jas. 1:25). The new covenant offers us grace, redemption, and salvation through the Son. I love to reach for the best fruit! More better stuff tomorrow...

Have a great day....Go about doing good,,,,Love mark Phil. 4:11

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