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Friends

Family relationships ought to be the closest of bonds yet often they are only contentious. How often have you heard of children facing off in law suits to gain the inheritance of their parents? Unless a higher principle exists in their lives, selfishness dominates them. It has been said, "man without principle is the creature of caprice." Look at the trouble Joseph of the Bible found when dealing with his eleven brothers. One the other hand, how wonderful is a friend that you can confide in and trust completely. They are a joy to be with and in them you find solace. Note Jonathan's (son of King Saul) relationship with David. He was like a brother but of different parents. Solomon recognized this reality when he said, "better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away." (Proverbs 27:10) The development of good friends that can be trusted and that know your circumstances can be of great aid to your emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Just one friend who…

Advocate

When God established the Levites as the tribe that would work in and around the Sanctuary He also established the position of the High Priest. This was originally filled by Aaron, Moses's brother, and continued to be filled by a Levite priest. It was the responsibility of the High Priest to enter into the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle once per year to sprinkle blood of the sacrifice on the Ark of the Covenant, the place where God abode, for the forgiveness of the sins of the people of Israel and to offer gifts to God from the people. The book of Hebrews shows that God established for the nation of Israel the Tabernacle on earth which was a "copy and shadow of what is in heaven." (Hebrews 8:5) Hebrews also repeatedly reminds us that Jesus Christ was better than Moses, Joshua, and any human High Priest. It says, "We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacl…

Milk or Meat?

Can you exist on a liquid diet? It may help you lose some weight and it may purge your system but at some point it would be important to again introduce solid food to strengthen you. The writer of Hebrews used the terms "milk" and "meat" to illustrate growth spiritually.  He said, "Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good and evil." (Hebrews 5:13-14) The word "infant" is not speaking of a birth relationship in a family context. Rather, it is a different word which means "immature." It is important to note that the writer is not using it in the context of an immature believer but just any person who is spiritually immature. We grow toward maturity in several areas. We physically become mature in the early twenties of our life. We mentally become mature at a much later date a…

Illusion

On many days of the year you are presented with a Today's Word that is developed out of a word, phrase or verse of the Bible. Why is this set before you? It can be summed up by the challenge given to the Jewish believers in the book of Hebrews. Here the writer, who is earnest about his love for believers, tells them all to "encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." (Hebrews 3:13) There was a well-founded fear on the part of the writer that if these first century believers isolated themselves they would fall prey to the illusion that there was greater benefit in the Old Testament sacrificial system than in the recent sacrifice of Christ. Isolation would cause them to compromise their faith and witness, rationalize their sinful thoughts and actions, and worldly wisdom would again reign in their hearts. So he wrote to them to "encourage one another daily" as a prescription to spiri…