This is Wednesday, March 25. Our reading today is Hebrews 1-7

Rather than trying to summarize some complicated chapters, I would like to just mention a few of my favorite verses in Hebrews. These are the verses that are underlined or highlighted in my Bible. Reading them is not a substitute for reading the entire book. And they are by no means considered a summary of the book. Honestly, I am tired and I figure, what can I possibly add to the verses that they can’t say for themselves? (all verses NIV)

Hebrew 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.

1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil- 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

4:12-13 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

5:12-14 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

7:24-27 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26 Such a high priest meets our need-one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

Tomorrow, we will do the same with the remainder of Hebrews. Join me, won’t you?

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