Hebrews – Jude (BIND – Days 85 and 86)

September 2, 2009 — Leave a comment

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ACK! Running behind on my posts in the Home Stretch!!!

Bible In 90 Days – Day 85

Reading: Hebrews 1:1 – James 3:12

Take Away(s):

  • What Does God Look Like. Hebrews 1:3-6. These verses tell us that Jesus is the exact representation of God.  So what does God look like?  We may not have a detailed physical description or picture; but we know from scripture what His true self looks like – based on Jesus: http://tinyurl.com/kqu8of
  • Under appreciated. Hebrews 4:12-13.  I fear many Christ Followers don’t grasp the power of the Bible – I know in my journey, I have neglected and under appreciated it.  The past 85 days have reaffirmed this verse – I don’t recall a single day when I didn’t glean something from my readings (even in Leviticus).
  • Identification* & Access. Hebrews 4:15-16.  In light of the means by which Jews “accessed” God before Christ came, I think we too often take for granted our unlimited access to the Father…and the means by which it was gained.  God, May I never forget that my immediate access to You was gained by Your willingness to sacrifice Your Son in my place.  The curtain was torn…PRAISE GOD! [*As this verse says, we can only partly identify…we’re all scummy sinners.  Christ was the only sinless human.]
  • Timely.  Sad, but timely. Hebrews 5:11-14.  A by-product of the second bullet above.  Very convicting…  God, I pray that my desire for knowing more about You would never wain.  I don’t want to be a career, elementary-school Follower!
  • Worship. Hebrews 10:24-25.  To me, this verse is key to our worship as Christ Followers.  I love the New Century Version translation of this verse: “Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.  …you should meet together and encourage each other.”
  • Our Perfecter. Hebrews 12:1-2. Perfect Assurance…From our Perfecter
  • The Hard Road. James 1:2-4. The road to maturity in Christ isn’t easy…if it were, we wouldn’t need God.
  • Get off your backside! James 1:22.  I think some would be content if a life surrendered to God involved simply reading the bible every once in a while, thinking good thoughts about our neighbors, and even helping someone in need occasionally.  We certainly read and hear about those things in church.  I think this verse makes it pretty clear: we need to quit fooling ourselves that reading and listening is all that is needed for the Believer, get off our butts, and and practice what we read and hear!
  • Backside, part deux. James 2:17. Listening and reading above…faith without action here.
  • Stricterer. James 3:1. As one who teaches at church from time to time (OK, I guess I kinda do on a weekly basis during portions of our Sunday service), this verse makes me nervous.

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Bible In 90 Days – Day 86

Reading: James 3:13 – Jude

Take Away(s):

  • Opposite. James 3:13.  Wisdom and understanding (and knowledge) often result in something other than humility.  Only by the Holy Spirit can we actually combine these – our natural reaction is pride.
  • Hybrids are not biblical. James 4:4. This verse smacks the face of an “if it doesn’t hurt anyone else, it OK” mentality that can plague us.  God is holy (set apart) and desires that we be holy also.  One or the other – not a hybrid.
  • God’s Will: submit to authorities. 1 Peter 2:13-17.  Another passage that imparts God’s will.  So many times, we ask ourselves what His will is…passages like this make it so easy.  [OK, easy to find…not easy to do!]
  • How to get your prayer ignored by God. 1 Peter 3:7. Husbands (Dennis) – if you want God to ignore your prayers, be inconsiderate and disrespectful to the fellow heir in Christ who wears that ring you gave…her…
  • Scary Verse. 1 Peter 3:15-16. I think this verse terrifies some…many Christ Followers.  They read it as “have complete and full knowledge of everything in the Bible and be able to answer any possible question that anyone could possibly ask you about God, Jesus, salvation, the Holy Spirit, Heaven, Hell, why bad things happen to good people, etc.” (whew!).  Think about it – it says to be able to give a reason…not fully supported theological explanation (although, as we mature in Christ, that should come.).  I take comfort in the fact that the blind man healed by Jesus, Peter & John, and Paul all basically told people in one way or another that they can’t fully explain their salvation – but Jesus changed them.
  • Foundational. 1 John 4:7-12. God loved…we must also.  Impartially, just as He does.
  • Saying it ain’t good enough! 1 John 5:2-3. Saying we love God without practicing it (through obeying Him) is contradictory.  This isn’t easy; but, as this passage says, His commands are not a burden…our pride makes them hard, not the command itself.
  • Cults and such. Jude 18-19.  The final phrase of verse 19 is the starting point for many cults and even wrong teachings or unbiblical “rules” in the church.  When we put our own spin on God’s word…things go bad.
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