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Hebrews 13:1-14 Devotional – Day 5

By September 30, 2022Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS FULL OF GRACE
Grace is God’s good pleasure that moves Him to grant merit where it is undeserved and to forgive debt that cannot be repaid. 

Ephesians 1:5-8
He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding

Praise the God Who is Full of Grace
Praise God because His grace runs deep. He has enough grace for any who would receive it. Praise God that His grace is truly free. Praise God that He is lavish with his grace. 

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 people in Ukraine. Ask God to end this war and to cause the church in Ukraine to flourish even in this hardship.

SCRIPTURE READING:
Hebrews 13:1-14 – Christian Standard Bible
Final Exhortations

13 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. 3 Remember those in prison, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily. 4 Marriage is to be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. 5 Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you. 6 Therefore, we may boldly say,

The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

7 Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 Don’t be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace and not by food regulations, since those who observe them have not benefited. 10 We have an altar from which those who worship at the tabernacle do not have a right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the most holy place by the high priest as a sin offering are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore, Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so that he might sanctify the people by his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing his disgrace. 14 For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come.

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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:
10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

Our altar that he references is the cross of Christ. We come to God through the sacrifice of Christ. Those who at that time continued to try to get to God through animal sacrifice gave away the opportunity to “eat” at the altar of Christ. They were not able to come to Christ in faith because they continued to try to come to God through efforts and animal sacrifice. Those animals that were sacrificed were taken outside the camp or city walls to be burned. Their life blood had served its purpose, and now their unclean carcasses were discarded. It is sobering to consider how the author relates the death of Christ to these unclean animals. He suffered and died outside the city. His death was seen as a disgrace though it was a supreme act of holy love. This is “heady” stuff, but then it becomes very practical. We are to go with him outside the camp and bear the disgrace that he bore. Where we live now is not our place of citizenship. Our enduring city is in the life to come. Now, in the places where we live, we must have hearts that are ready and willing to suffer disgrace for our faith. We must not live for the applause of others; we must live for one who suffered disgrace for us. We must express faith in faithfulness by our willingness to be thought of as foolish, uncool, ignorant…whatever. Let us go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.

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