Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Hebrews 8:5 – Pattern Theology

| January 11, 2017

Pattern Theology The Hebrew writer quotes God commanding Moses to build according to the pattern (Hebrews 8:5). This pattern for Moses copied Heaven in some way to be imitated in the Tabernacle. Admittedly, to me that is incredible, bordering on incredulous for the tangible to take on the intangible. God who is greater than I, […]

Hebrews 3:13 – The People Problem Business

| August 20, 2016

Recently a preacher got fired for being scripturally divorced. The congregation was sympathetic to his plight due to his wife leaving him and their children, to join her “lover” in Florida. The elders, however, severed their fellowship with him as a preacher because they were afraid his situation would be a “distraction” to the congregation. […]

Hebrews 11:32-34 – How Did Samson Make It?

| November 25, 2015

How did Samson, the womanizing, violent, self-serving judge make it into the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:32)? In some strange way he and Paul are partners in grace. Paul had to learn “power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor.12:9). Samson, gifted by God with great strength only learned to rely upon God when he “gained […]

Hebrews 1:1-2 – Prayer and Reading Have Replace Prophet and Priest

| September 18, 2014

Prayer and reading have replaced the prophet and priest. When we pray we speak to God. When we read God speaks to us. The prophet was speech from God coming downward. The priest was speech through sacrifice going upward. The prophet says God wishes to be heard. The priest says the people wish to be […]

Genesis 4:9 – Wonders From the Word – Keeping is Loving

| May 9, 2014

Cain dismissively answers God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain is sarcastically saying he isn’t responsible for Abel; he isn’t Abel’s baby sitter, although many years ago he might have been as the older brother. Such an attitude cautions us on how we answer and treat one another. In Iain Provan’s Seriously Dangerous Religion, he […]

Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 13:15-16; Leviticus – Worship without Sacrifice is Just Words

| March 22, 2014

Incentives or motivation for righteousness in the OT was very personal, even “base” by New Covenant standards. And yet, sometimes what sin “costs” us can and should be motivating; it can cost us relationships, self-respect, all more important than money, and yet…. Imagine the personal financial cost of offering sacrifices in bygone years. You sinned, […]

Hebrews 10:24-25 – Becoming an Arena of Supporters

| November 22, 2013

This exhortation to not forsake our assembling but to encourage one another to love and good deeds leads to chapter 11 where we have “Heroes of Faith” who are in 12:1 a “great cloud of witnesses (that) surround us.” The imagery is historical and refers to a stadium full of supporters cheering on the participants. […]

Hebrews 10:24-25 – Attending to One Another

| November 21, 2013

Hebrews 10:24-25 – Notice the linguistic and spiritual connection between “attend” and “attention.” When we pay attention to God we attend to God’s people by attending with God’s people. We are not only attendees, we are attendants, “one who waits on another.” When we attend, we pay attention, not just mentally by bodily, because attendance […]

Acts 6:7 – What Converted Priests “Sacrificed”

| November 14, 2013

Hebrews is obviously written to Hebrew believers. Considering how much of the exhortation is about the Tabernacle and sacrifices and the topic of perseverance, we connected Acts 6:7, “and a large group of priests became obedient to the faith” to the topic of what converted Jewish priests had to “sacrifice”: their livelihood, their paycheck, their […]

Hebrews 12:2 – From the Cross Back to the Garden

| November 9, 2013

The Garden of Gethsemane is connected to the Garden of Eden, where God walks among men. The cross of Golgotha is also connected to the Garden of Eden. When in sin, mankind recognizes their sinfulness, see their nakedness and live in shame only to be covered by God’s grace. When Jesus becomes the sin offering, […]