Thursday Quiet Time 3/24/16

Hebrews 1-2, (all verses)

This morning (late), I’m reading Hebrews 1-2 all the verses, and what really stands out is chapter 2 and the last portion of chapter 1.

Hebrews 1:10-12 // “10He also says, ‘In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 11They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. 12You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, any our years will never end.'” 

How beautiful iso that, the fact that God has created everything in the world with His perfect eyes and hands, in His genuine beauty and wonders — He made all things together for His good, and in every way whether bad or good thing in the world, may it be used and observed to serve His kingdom.

10–> God laid the foundations of the earth — He made everything; every speck and every grand thing on this earth, He carefully and attentively placed them where they are at the moment. And they were ALL by His hands. The Heavens — of the unexplainably beautiful Heavens are the WORK, CREATION, PRODUCT of HIS GLORIOUS PERFECT HANDS. Man, that really gets me SO excited to see how Heaven is like, if He says that the world, earth was made perfectly in His beauty and eyes.

11–> Everything in the world, social context, will perish. Nothing can satisfy us, nothing in this world can we seek and be genuinely happy. BUT GOD REMAINS — He will remain forever, and living with and through Him, we can be satisfied.. by just having Him.Nothing in this world whether people, objects, money, sex/relationships, friendships, productivity, you name it– can satisfy our lacking and weak hearts. Only in and through God may we find wholeness, genuine happiness, fullness, and satisfaction. Everything in the world will vanish and become old and “die off/wither away”, but He still remains, so holy and pure and … perfect.

12–> Things in life will change, things coming in and out of our lives all change CONSTANTLY. They may grow and then become worn out and wither away and need to be “refreshed” or “refurbished”, but God never changes and He shall remain JUST the perfect way He is for eternity… Wow that’s just so.. soothing and comforting.

And in Hebrews 2, the last big portion really got to me.

Hebrews 2:14-18 // “14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil — 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18BECAUSE HE HIMSELF SUFFERED WHEN HE WAS TEMPTED, HE IS ABLE TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE BEING TEMPTED.”

14&15–> Jesus was sent down in human form, made like us in the physical sense with flesh (body) and blood, in order that he may experience humanity– what we sinful humans go through on a daily, constant basis. He came down in human form in order to experience that suffering and pain and sins so we can be cleansed. So that we can be made pure once again, so that WE ourselves do not have to perish and continue to suffer the sins and pain of this world. He wanted to purify us and give us a second change, a renewal, and cleansing… so he suffered all that and died so that WE CAN BE SET FREE AND SUFFER NO LONGER UNDER THE RULES AND THINGS OF THIS SINFUL, SOCIAL WORLD/CONTEXT. Oh, my. That leaves me speechless and in AWE.

18–> Wow, just wow. He himself suffered when he was tempted, meaning… experiencing all the things humanity suffers and experiences daily, constantly…. So that he can help those who suffer through those things. Wow, …. like wow. There really are no words for me to explain/go further on this point. Just. Wow. unexplainable. Why, though why?! Because … love. God is love. He loves us so much that he sent his One and Only son, Jesus Christ, to experience all this and die for our sufferings and sins so that we can be made pure and come back to God and find rest. We no longer have to suffer, because we have been cleansed, forgiven, renewed. We can be and ARE set free, as we seek Him– the ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR, THE HOLY ONE.

The last verse, Hebrews 2:18 really gets to me especially with what I’ve been experiencing and challenged with for the past few years. Ed really isn’t that great, and I’ve overcome a lot and God has been helping me in His glorious, magnificent ways every day. He tells me that I no longer have to suffer the pain, the obstacles, the struggles, the challenges. I no longer have to feel so drained and tired constantly — physically and mentally. That He will free me from this “slavery/chained-feeling”, and He will help me fight through whatever comes my way. He knows how I feel, He is present in ME!! He sets me free, and I can finally find rest and reassurance in Him.

God, you are so glorious and I want to give you the highest praise and honor and glory. Wow, you are just ….. wow. I literally have no words to explain how much awe I am … of you, because of you, in you… wow.

12:02 PM Thursday, March 24, 2016

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