Hebrews 5-6 - Outline

Jim Watt jmbetter at gmail.com
Tue Apr 23 09:55:14 PDT 2013


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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April 23, 2013


 *1. 5:1-2 (5:1-4, NNT) AARON: INFIRM MAN ORDAINED HIGH PRIEST. “For every
high priest, being taken from men, is appointed for men in
things:pertaining to:God, that he offer both gifts and sacrifices for
sins: 2
who can bear gently with the ignorant and erring, since himself also is
compassed with infirmity.” *How wise You are, Father! You do not send
angels to minister to us directly, but flesh and bone like ourselves. We
commit ourselves to Your way of doing things. *Hallowed be your :name.*

he was a Son, yet learned :obedience by what he suffered; 9 and, perfected,
he became unto all that obey him the cause of eternal salvation: 10 named
of :God high priest after the order of Melchizedek.” *What an amazing
revelation! In Your flesh, Lord Jesus, You grew into maturity through
suffering. Father, You exalted Him because of this, far above Aaron! *Your
:kingdom come!*

 *3. 5:12 (5:11-14) BABES: UNABLE TO HEAR THIS TEACHING. “For when by reason
of the time you ought to be teachers, you have need again that some one
teach you the rudiments of the beginning of the oracles of :God; and are
become such as need milk, not solid food.” *How dull of hearing we are,
Father! Like the 12 disciples before Pentecost, we stumble to understand
You. Yet You overlook our immaturity. *Your :will be done, As in heaven, so
on earth.*

 *4. 6:1-2 (6:1-3) FOUNDATION TRUTHS: MILK FOR BABES. “Therefore leaving
the word of the beginning of the Christ, let us be borne on unto the
perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works,
and of faith toward God, - 2 the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of
hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” *Forgive
us Father, for so often relaying foundations again and again, and not
pressing on to maturity! *Our :daily :bread Give us this day.*

 *5. 6:4-6 (6:4-8) APOSTASY: HOPELESS. “For as to those who were once
enlightened and tasted of the heavenly :gift (do-reA), and became partakers
of the Holy Spirit, 5 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of
the age to come, 6 and fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto
repentance; they crucifying again to themselves and openly shaming the Son
of :God.” *Father, we choose not to be soil two or three; we choose to be
soil four in great fruitfulness! *And forgive us our :debts, as we also
have forgiven our :debtors.*

 *6. 6:9-10 (6:9-12) SALVATION: WORKS WHICH ACCOMPANY IT. “But of you,
beloved, we are persuaded :better things and having salvation, even if we
thus speak: 10 for :God is not unrighteous to forget your :work and the
love which you showed toward his :name, in that you ministered unto the
saints, and do minister. *Yes Father, we choose to walk in these things. *And
bring us not into temptation.*

 *7. 6:17-18 (6:13-20) COVENANT AND OATH: BASIS FOR CANAAN. “Wherein :God,
intending to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the
immutability of his :counsel, mediated with an oath; 18 that by two
immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have
strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set
before us.” *What a promise! *But deliver us from the evil one!*

in the days of his :flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with
strong crying and tears unto the one who could save him from death, and
having heard him for his :godly fear.” *We would follow Jesus’ example,

 *Quote on “Believing” by Thomas Carlyle - *“A man lives by
*believing*something; not by debating and arguing about many things.”

 *Our Psalm for the Day: 115:1-3 (115, ESV) TO YOUR NAME GIVE GLORY. “Not
to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for the sake of your
steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say, ‘Where
is their God?’ 3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” *Like
Job Father, we will not sin against You with our mouths, though we
understand not Your Sovereign dealings. We choose to continually *hallow
your :name!*

 In the former Psalm, the past wonders which God had wrought were recounted
to His honor, and in the present Psalm He is entreated to glorify Himself
again, because the heathen were presuming upon the absence of miracles,
were altogether denying the miracles of former ages, and insulting the
people of God with the question, “Where is now their God? It grieved the
heart of the godly that Jehovah should be thus dishonored, and treating
their own condition of reproach as unworthy of notice, they beseech the
Lord at least to vindicate His own name. The Psalmist is evidently
indignant that the worshipers of foolish idols should be able to put such a
taunting question to the people who worshiped the only living and true God;
and having spent his indignation in sarcasm upon the images and their
makers, he proceeds to exhort the house of Israel to trust in God and bless
His name.

 115:l. *Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory. *The
people undoubtedly wished for relief from the contemptuous insults of
idolaters, but their main desire was that Jehovah Himself should no longer
be the object of heathen insults. The saddest part of all their trouble was
that their God was no longer feared and dreaded by their adversaries. When
Israel marched into Canaan, a terror was upon all the people round about,
because of Jehovah, the mighty God; but this dread the nations had shaken
off since there had been of late no remarkable display of miraculous power.

repetition of the words, “Not unto us,” would seem to indicate a very
serious desire to renounce any glory which they might at any time have
proudly appropriated to themselves, and it also sets forth the vehemence of
their wish that God would at any cost to them magnify His own name. In
these times, when the first victories of the gospel are only remembered as
histories of a dim and distant past, skeptics are apt to boast that the
gospel has lost its youthful strength and they even presume to cast a slur
upon the name of God Himself. We may therefore rightly entreat the divine
interposition that the apparent blot may be removed from His escutcheon,
and that His own Word may shine forth gloriously as in the days of old. We
may not desire the triumph of our opinions, for our own sakes, or for the
honor of a sect, but we may confidently pray for the triumph of truth that
God Himself may be honored.

 115:2. *Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? *Or,
more literally, “Where, pray, is their God?” Why should the nations be
allowed with a sneer of contempt to question the existence, and mercy, and
faithfulness of Jehovah? They are always ready to blaspheme. In our case,
by our own lukewarmness and the neglect of faithful gospel preaching, we
have permitted the uprise and spread of modern doubt, and we are bound to
confess it with deep sorrow of soul; yet we may not therefore lose heart,
but may still plead with God to save His own truth and grace from the
contempt of men of the world. Wherefore should the pretended wise men of
the period be permitted to say that they doubt the personality of God?
Wherefore should they say that answers to prayer are pious delusions, and
that the resurrection and the deity of our Lord Jesus are moot points?
Wherefore should they be permitted to speak disparagingly of atonement by
blood and by price, and reject utterly the doctrine of the wrath of God
against sin, even that wrath which burns forever and ever? They speak
exceeding proudly, and only God can stop their arrogant blusterings: let us
by extraordinary intercession prevail upon Him to interpose, by giving to
His gospel such a triumphant vindication as shall utterly silence the
perverse opposition of ungodly men.

 115:3. *But our God is in the heavens. *Where He should be; above the
reach of mortal sneers, overhearing all the vain janglings of men, but
looking down with silent scorn upon the makers of the babel. Once they bade
His Son come down from the cross and they would believe in Him; they they
would have God overstep the ordinary bounds of His providence and come down
from heaven to convince them: but other matters occupy His august mind
besides the convincement of those who willfully shut their eyes to the
superabundant evidences of His divine power and Godhead, which are all
about them. *He has done whatever He has pleased. *We may well endure the
jeering question, “Where is now their God?” while we are perfectly sure
that His providence is undisturbed, His throne unshaken, and His purposes
unchanged. What He has done He will yet do, His counsel shall stand, and He
will do all His pleasure, and at the end of the great drama of human
history, the omnipotence of God and His immutability and faithfulness will
be more than vindicated to the eternal confusion of His adversaries.

 115:9. *O Israel, trust thou in the Lord. *Whatever our trouble may be,
and however fierce the blasphemous language of our enemies, let us not fear
nor falter, but confidentially rest in Him Who is able to vindicate His own
honor, and protect His own servants.

 115:18. *But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. *We
who are still living will take care that the praises of God shall not fail
among the sons of man. Our afflictions and depressions of spirit shall not
cause us to suspend our praises, neither shall old age and increasing
infirmities damp the celestial fires, no, nor shall even death itself cause
us to cease from the delightful occupation. The spiritually dead cannot
praise God, but the life within us constrains us to do so. *(From “The
Treasury of David” by C.H. Spurgeon, abridged by D.O. Fuller)*

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