Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 10
Feb12

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 10

Peace on Earth … / A Conversation  The author picks back up on the exposition, continuing where he left off at the end of chapter 2 about the incarnation of Christ. Here, he begins the next major section of the letter: Jesus’ appointment as a high priest (4:14-5:10; 7:1-28).  Sometimes reading about priests and high priests in the Bible can get confusing, so allow me to give some context. Priests in Israel came from the...

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Freebie # 91-Dave Yauk: Transpositions A Way of Seeing All of Life
Feb10
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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 9
Feb05

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 9

Sword:  A Second Warning The second warning of Hebrews is a sharp reminder that the Word of God pierces as a word of judgment, revealing all our thoughts and actions. Disobedience will not go unnoticed, nor will it go unpunished. Do you think you can hide from his all-seeing eye? Or will your vices and sins be exposed in the light? Be warned! *For further reading in the Bible: Hebrews 4:11 – 4:13 To listen to or purchase...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 8
Jan29

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 8

Take Care Pt. 1 Yesterday’s passage was a large quotation of Psalm 95 about how Israel wandered in the wilderness because of their disobedience. The author of Hebrews uses this quotation as a springboard to tell his readers that they too should be careful to obey the word of God; failure to do so will result in wandering through life and not reaching God’s rest (that is, salvation)! The author juxtaposes this peril with promise: the...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 7
Jan22

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 7

Wandered The writer of Hebrews quotes Psalm 95:7-11 to remind his readers that in Moses’ day the Israelites failed to enter God’s rest because of their disobedience. Even after they had witnessed how the Lord rescued them out of Egypt, they grumbled against God and lost sight of his promises to deliver them to Canaan. They wandered in the wilderness for forty years, and the entire generation of rebellious people died.  In today’s...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 6
Jan15

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 6

The Maker of Stories: Here, the author transitions from exposition (the discussion about the person and work of Jesus) to exhortation (the commands to endure). He compares the faithfulness of Moses with that of Jesus. In the ancient Jewish culture, Moses epitomized what it means to be a faithful servant of God. Yet Christ was more faithful than Moses, being faithful as a son. Therefore, Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses. While...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 5
Jan08

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 5

Ex Paradiso Despite Jesus’ supremacy, he temporarily humbled himself, becoming positionally lower than the angels by taking on human form. In doing so, Jesus became like us “in every respect” (2:17), demonstrating a solidarity and unity with mankind. The text even says that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers! Wow! Shameful sinners such as us proudly welcomed into the family of God. The incarnation of Christ (Jesus becoming a...

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Freebie # 86-Dave Yauk: Environment Shapes Expectation
Jan06
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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 4
Jan01

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 4

A First WarningThe author pauses his discussion on Jesus’ superiority over the angels and gives his readers their first warning. (Here, we also see the first instance of toggling between exposition and exhortation). The logic of the first warning is a bit twisty at first glance, but some background will clarify the author’s reasoning. The law that God gave Moses in the Old Testament is oftentimes referred to as the Mosaic Law, or...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 3
Dec25

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 3

The Angel’s Moment in the SunThis Jesus, through whom God has now spoken, is supreme. His preeminence is seen first in comparison to the angels. Yes, angels are glorious beings, but Jesus is more glorious. The author gives three pairs of Old Testament quotations to emphasize the expansive gulf existing between the eternal Son of God and these heavenly servants.Angels, they may be on high,Sweetly singing o’er the plains,But the...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 2
Dec18

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 2

Heaven and EarthThe letter opens with a bang! Unlike other New Testament epistles, there is no salutation or greeting. The author launches straight into a proclamation about Jesus, whose words of salvation are better than those of prophets of old. In former days (“long ago”), God spoke to his people in a variety of ways (think human prophets, a burning bush, the mouth of a donkey). But now, “in these last days,” God has given us a far...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 1
Dec11

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 1

The Book of Hebrews The Book of Hebrews can oftentimes seem intimidating. The unusual structure of the letter, coupled with the large amount of Old Testament references and priestly language, can make some 21st-century heads start to spin. But once you understand the basics of the form and the overall content, you’ll find Hebrews to be a straightforward (and very rewarding) book of the Bible. The purpose of the letter is to instruct...

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Freebie # 82-Dave Yauk: We Need Better Storytellers
Dec09
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Explaining Jesus: A Study Based on New Album by Jordan Searcy-Day 4
Dec04

Explaining Jesus: A Study Based on New Album by Jordan Searcy-Day 4

Read this passage, and think about how Jesus has given up everything so he can get to you. Song Lyrics to Ponder:  Can’t you feel him in the room, all he wants is you … *For further reading in the Bible: Luke 15:1 –...

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Explaining Jesus: A Study Based on New Album by Jordan Searcy-Day 3
Nov27

Explaining Jesus: A Study Based on New Album by Jordan Searcy-Day 3

Today, read the passage and think about how Jesus finds joy in revealing himself to the people he loves. Song Lyrics to Ponder: I’m so sorry for all the wrongsWe’re broken singers with broken songsWe paint our pride and call it truthI’m sorry no one explained Jesus to you … *For further reading in the Bible: John 4:1 –...

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Explaining Jesus: A Study Based on New Album by Jordan Searcy-Day 2
Nov20

Explaining Jesus: A Study Based on New Album by Jordan Searcy-Day 2

Today, read through the passage and see how Jesus joyfully pursues those who deserve his love the least. Song Lyrics to Ponder: … if you’ve heard a knock at your front door, but all that you found on the porchis a pastor that just wanted to be right … … if you really want to pray to Jesus, but you’re never sure he’s listeningcause who could forgive what you did last night … I’m so sorry for what you’ve...

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