Reading through Hebrews in one sitting

Russell Minick Leave a Comment

I like the book of Hebrews.  It is complex, but well shaped.  All sorts of quotes and ideas unfold with great purpose.  Its one of those books that constantly suggests so much more waiting to be discovered when I more mature.

And maturity is what the book is all about.  Essentially, being faithful to Jesus who has been faithful to us, is what the book is about.  The superiority of Jesus over Moses, the Law, the sacrificial system…  Jesus is better.  Better in who he is and what he is done, but also in what we need.  What we need is righteousness.  Well being.  The provision in Jesus is forgiveness for unrighteousness and guidance for righteousness.  He completely saves us judicially and growingly saves us relationally.  Judicially we are forgiven and granted adoption, relationally we grow in living out the implications of that relationship.

The aspect of this teaching that grips me this reading are the allusions to coping with uncertainties.  For example, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”  (11:3)

For me this is interesting in my quest for bare essentials of the faith.  What I see here is the priority of self-existence being with God and subordinate existence relying on him.  I am increasingly confident that the details of how that happened is not as specifically revealed as I once thought.  It is very ‘5 columns / crown – heart – world’.  Creator/creation is the thematic essential.  The how and when and what is actual, and what is revealed is consistent with what is actual, but what is revealed is very sparse and subsequently open.

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