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Hebrews 10:1-10 Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens. 

    The book of Hebrews continues to remind us that we only see a shadow of the good things in store for us. These reminders are intriguing to those who stop and consider them.

    The sacrifices of the Old Testament brought temporary forgiveness but not a change of heart. What God really wants is the kind of repentance that brings a change of heart. With Jesus’ sacrifice and the Holy Spirit coming to live in our hearts, this kind of change is possible.

    Jesus had to die to become our sacrifice to make this happen, but he only had to die one time.

    Lord give me a willing heart to be yielded to serve you.

 Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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Hebrews 9:16-24  Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens.       

    Why did Jesus have to die? In his death he became our perfet sacrifice for our sins. As in a will, his death also made our inheritance available to us.

    In the Old Testament, the blood was sprinkled in the tabernacle and on everything used in its ceremonies. The shedding of blood was a requirement for forgiveness.

    The tabernacle and everything associated with it is only a copy or representation of the greater and more glorious sanctuary in the heavenlies.

    The new covenant has been established in the heavenly tabernacle with Jesus’ own blood. Jesus is our high priest and he is interceding for us in the true tabernacle in heaven.

    Take time now to thank him for the sacrifice he made so he could be there to intercede on your behalf. Share your heart with him with the confidence that he understands your needs and cares for you.

 Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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Hebrews 9:11-15 Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens.

How blessed we are to live under the new covenant! The sacrifices of the old covenant were temporary. They could only make people outwardly clean.

But Jesus became both our sacrificial lamb and our high priest. Because of Jesus’ sinless life, he could be our perfect sacrifice.

Only Jesus can cleanse our hearts and change us from the inside out. Only through Jesus’ cleansing are we able to serve the living God. Jesus became our mediator and high priest. Only Jesus can offer us eternal life through the blood he shed for our atonement. Let us thank him for his priceless gift.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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2 Chronicles 34:29-33 (Click to read NIV or select your preferred translation of the Bible. Please read the scripture first.)

King Josiah set his sights on following God with his whole heart. He called together all the people of Judah for them to hear all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had recently been discovered while restoring the temple of the Lord. Then the king renewed his covenant with the LORD to follow and obey his commands as they had been written in the Book of the Covenant with all his heart and soul. He then instructed all the people in Jerusalem and Benjamin to pledge themselves to the covenant as well. Then Josiah once more purged the Israelite territory of all idols.

Our national leaders are not permitted to make such covenants on behalf of our country in the United States. But wouldn’t it be a blessing if our spiritual leaders – those in authority over our denominations and our individual churches would lead with such devotion to God coupled with such courage.

I feel I keep repeating myself at times on this blog, but these are the things that continually stand out as I read these passages of scripture. If God can continue to give the same message, I guess it is permissible for me to give the same interpretation of what I feel he is saying. Let us covenant to pray for our leaders every day.

Father, forgive me when I let myself become too absorbed in my own daily activities to find the time to pray for the leaders you have given to us. Help us all as your children to pray faithfully for those who are responsible for the direction in which our churches and denominations are going. Bless these leaders by giving them new insights that are from you alone. Give them discernment to separate the wheat from the tares when they listen to the advice they receive from others, and may their decisions always bring glory to your name.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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 6 He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’ 

    8“So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever. 
 1 Chronicles 28:6-8  (NIV)

     David continues to address all the officials and the warriors of Israel. He again affirms to the people that God had chosen his son Solomon to be the next king, and Solomon would be the one who would build God’s house and courts. He tells them that God also promised to establish his kingdom forever provided he followed God’s commands and laws.

     Who was Solomon? He was the son of Bathsheba, the woman David had stolen from Uriah getting her pregnant. David eventually arranged for Uriah to be killed in battle as an attempt to cover his guilt. After this child was born he became sick and died. Solomon was the second son Bathsheba bore for David. (See 2 Samuel 11 & 12:1-25)

     I find in this passage a great example of how God is able to redeem our mistakes. David was not perfect, but when he did sin, he became convicted of the sin and repented. The repentance was real, and consequently, God was still able to use David in a mighty way.     Lord, bless our understanding of these verses. Help us to appreciate the importance of following you wholeheartedly if we are to expect your blessings.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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