- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Hebrew 6
Jesus, the hope for the soul.
In chapter 6, the writer of Hebrews asked his readers to advance from the elementary teaching of Jesus to maturity in faith of him. The elementary teachings of Jesus indicate the elements of Christian faith that overlap with Judaism—-repentance from dead works, faith towards God, instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the death, and eternal judgement.
The warning was given to those who converted to Christian but returned to Judaism, comparing two kinds of lands (4-8). They were people who were crucifying Jesus all over again.
The writer, however, assured them of the confidence that came from God, God’s love and faithfulness keeping his promises. Two unchangeable things were God’s promise and God’s oath (17). The writer put Abraham’s story to show how God’s promise was fulfilled in his life.
Therefore, God’s promise gives hope as an anchor for the soul in firm and secure. By this hope, we enter into inner sanctuary where God is, and we are able to access to God. “behind the curtain,” (19) indicates the Holy of Holy in the Tabernacle in the Old Testament times, where only High Priest could enter. When Jesus died on the cross, that curtain was torn into two (Matthew 27:51). Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, entered on our behalf, fulfilling all the law and requirements of high priests.
Do not leave the faith of Jesus Christ, grow into maturity in faith is exhortation from the writer of Hebrews.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.