Thursday 02 November 2017

Bible Book:

“And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell ... though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.” (vv. 32, 39-40)

Hebrews 11:32-40 Thursday 2 November 2017

Psalm: Psalm 114


Whoever wrote the letter to the Hebrews has summed up centuriesof history in nine verses. No wonder that "time would fail me totell". The names can be traced in the Old Testament and in eventsthat were in very recent memory for the first readers. The languageis concise and teasing out the different stories would takeconsiderable time. Those included are commended for their faith,but did not see the completion of their hope. That only happenedwhen the long-promised Messiah came.

So the writer is building up evidence for new Christians andurging them to recognise their inheritance from all those faithfulpeople. Yet they have even more to celebrate because they haveknowledge of Jesus, although they needed to be encouraged, maybebecause they were of the generation who had not seen Jesus.

We, who never met Jesus as a man;
never sat at his feet to listen to his teaching;
never had the chance to ask him a question;
never felt his personal touch of healing;
never heard one of his stories from his own lips;
never witnessed his attacks on the religious leaders;
never took a meal with him; never prayed with him,
never suffered with him; never watched him die,
or were amazed at his resurrection appearances;.
We may feel that we have missed that special sense ofconnection
felt only by those who knew him personally.
Yet even those who walked with the everyday Jesus
did not know him long enough to receive all his teaching.
Jesus knew he could never encapsulate
all the wisdom and grace of God in one short lifetime.
So, as his life neared its end, he made a promise,
and that promise is for all who would follow him,
no matter how many centuries have passed since it was made.
So we, who never knew Jesus as a man,
can still experience the same Spirit that was in him,
and that Spirit will be our guide as we explore the nature ofGod
that will lead us into the real truth of our purpose here onearth.

To Ponder

  • If you could sit at the feet of Jesus, what would you askhim?
  • What are the differences between our faith and the experiencesof these other people mentioned in today's passage?
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