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Hebrews 8 Devotional – Day 4

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS COMPLETELY FREE The freedom of God, is also called divine freedom. God is not constrained by anyone other than himself. He does what he pleases and therefore he is always free. He is not bound to the dictates of anyone else. He does make promises which obligate him to do certain things, but he makes those promises voluntarily.

Psalm 135:6 The Lord does whatever He pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.

Praise God for His Divine Freedom
Praise God that he cannot be manipulated. Praise God that he always acts according to his good, just, wise, and loving nature. Praise God for the specific ways that he has freely acted in your life.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Christian Challenge as they prepare for the fall semester. Ask God to use Trace and his leadership team to make the gospel known to students at WSU.

SCRIPTURE READING:
Hebrews 8 – The Message
A New Plan with Israel
1-2 In essence, we have just such a high priest: authoritative right alongside God, conducting worship in the one true sanctuary built by God.

3-5 The assigned task of a high priest is to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and it’s no different with the priesthood of Jesus. If he were limited to earth, he wouldn’t even be a priest. We wouldn’t need him since there are plenty of priests who offer the gifts designated in the law. These priests provide only a hint of what goes on in the true sanctuary of heaven, which Moses caught a glimpse of as he was about to set up the tent-shrine. It was then that God said, “Be careful to do it exactly as you saw it on the Mountain.”

6-13 But Jesus’ priestly work far surpasses what these other priests do, since he’s working from a far better plan. If the first plan—the old covenant—had worked out, a second wouldn’t have been needed. But we know the first was found wanting, because God said,

Heads up! The days are coming
when I’ll set up a new plan
for dealing with Israel and Judah.
I’ll throw out the old plan
I set up with their ancestors
when I led them by the hand out of Egypt.
They didn’t keep their part of the bargain,
so I looked away and let it go.
This new plan I’m making with Israel
isn’t going to be written on paper,
isn’t going to be chiseled in stone;
This time I’m writing out the plan in them,
carving it on the lining of their hearts.
I’ll be their God,
they’ll be my people.
They won’t go to school to learn about me,
or buy a book called God in Five Easy Lessons.
They’ll all get to know me firsthand,
the little and the big, the small and the great.
They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven,
with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean.

By coming up with a new plan, a new covenant between God and his people, God put the old plan on the shelf. And there it stays, gathering dust.
Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

What are you confident about? Yourself, certain skills and capabilities, certain facts? Where do you lack confidence? What is confidence anyway? Is it something we think about or something we feel? Of course, it is impossible to fully separate feeling from thinking. Whether we are feeling confident or having confident thoughts…our confidence can be well placed or misplaced. To trust someone and find them trustworthy is a blessing. To be confident that a certain decision is a good one and to experience the joy of being “right” is so good. In the end the one thing that will matter above all else is whether we have chosen to make Jesus the foundation for our life. This requires confidence in the gospel. Here’s the important point for today: it is not necessary to have a “kick down the door” kind of confidence. When a tiny bit of confidence is well placed, then a tiny bit is all that is needed. You can feel insecure, shaky, faltering…but if, as best you can tell, you are trusting Christ alone to save you, then that is enough. Your confidence in Christ will be proven true. Not because you have great confidence but because he is such a reliable place for our small and faltering confidence. “Lord, I believe! Please help my unbelief!”

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