Handling Adversity ~ DAY 47

Today we will begin “digging in” to one of the most important passages in the letter to the Hebrews.  This section is Hebrews 10:19-25 which is actually one long sentence in the original language.

“Therefore” is generally a term of conclusion.  And we could say at this point that everything the author is getting ready to say, is built on everything the author has already said reaching back to the very beginning in Hebrews 1:1.

The person and priesthood of Jesus Christ enabled us to have access and a nearness to God that could never have been accomplished with animal sacrifice.  The sacrifices of the Old Testament era demonstrated the seriousness of sin and a reminder of sin, but it could never remove sin and bring us close to God.  Only the sacrifice of Jesus could do this.

So, we come now in Hebrews 10:19 to a great turning point or pivot in the letter where the writer turns from explanation of the superiority of the person and work of Christ to the application of it in our everyday lives.

The first appeal of our author in this section is to come to God.  Bring everything to God.  The writer says we have two reasons why we can enter the presence of God as believers:  1- the blood of Jesus (10:19), and 2- a great high priest over the house of God (10:21).

“Have” is the first word in Greek for emphasis.  What does it emphasize?  We have a continual possession and privilege of coming into the very presence of God and pouring our hearts out to Him.  But this word “have” is in the active voice meaning that it must be our choice as to whether we appropriate this privilege or not. 

Sometimes our struggles are magnified or multiplied because we do not avail ourselves of the benefits and blessings that come our way as believers in Jesus Christ.  Especially when we are navigating difficult days, we should spend even more time communing and communicating with our God.

Through Jesus we’ve been given the greatest of gifts.  We can now approach and actually speak intimately with our God.  “And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, who call “Abba!  Father!” (Galatians 4:6)  “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption, by who we cry, ‘Abba, Father’”  (Romans 8:15).

Jews of Old Testament times never used Abba to address God.  But Jesus used it when praying to the Father.  It emphasizes a warm, intimate, and very personal relationship.  This is what exists between every believer and God.  Unfortunately, every believer does not live with or in that realization and that is tragic.  We have a loving Father and a loving spiritual family.  We never need to feel alone, or unloved, or uncared for.  The Father is waiting.  He loves you more than you could ever imagine.  Enter His presence continually.  We can enter by the blood of Jesus!