Today’s passage is Hebrews 4:12-16. These verses are worth memorizing. They contain some powerful truths that we need to store up in our hearts. Let’s go!
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) 12 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.
On verse 12: Though the Scriptures (the logos “word of God”) were written thousands of years ago, they are incredibly relevant, applicable and helpful for us today. Case in point: just before this, in verses 1 to 11 the writer of Hebrews gave a powerful sermon on Psalm 95 to communicate the powerful and relevant truth that trusting in Jesus’ finished work on the cross allows us to enter God’s rest. What can we learn from this? God actively uses the Scriptures to speak into our current situations. God’s Word truly is living and active.
Hebrews 4:13 (NIV) 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.
On verse 13: God sees everything we think, say and do and He’s the One we are accountable to.
Hebrews 4:14-15 (NIV) 14 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.
On verses 14-15: Jesus is our great high priest who can empathize with our weaknesses and relate to our temptations because he took human form too (v14-15). Though Jesus was tempted like us, Jesus lived the life that none of us could live, a life without sin (v15). Thus He is the perfect bridge between us and a perfect God, the perfect high priest to represent sinners in God’s holy presence.
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) 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.
On verse 16: Because Jesus is our perfect high priest, we can approach God’s throne of grace confidently. It’s like when you have the absolute best lawyer in the world representing you in court. You have complete confidence in his abilities and your worries are minimized. That’s Jesus for us. We can approach a holy God with confidence, not in our own abilities but in the abilities of our great high priest.
Also, underline the words “so that”. It’s a reminder that the attitude with which you approach God’s throne of grace determines how much you will receive from Him: When we approach God’s throne of grace confidently, our attitude of faith enables us to receive the grace and mercy from God that we desperately need (v16). When we approach God with no confidence, we receive very little. So approach your Heavenly Father with confidence, not in your own abilities, but in the ability of your perfect representative and great high priest, Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your perfect Word, which is living and active, sharper than a double edged sword, Thank You for giving me the perfect representative and a great high priest to represent me in Your presence, Your Son Jesus. Because it is Jesus who represents me before You, I can have complete confidence when I approach You. It’s not a confidence in my own abilities, but a confidence in my perfect advocate, my faithful representative, and my high priest. His name is Jesus. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!