A Child's Lenten Meditation Day 36-Our New High Priest

Hebrews 613 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants." 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. 16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

And suddenly the end of this story takes us back to Abraham and the Promise God made to him

This whole story has happened, everything Jesus did, was to keep God's promise to Abraham. 

Why?


Was it just to keep his promise?


Why did God make such a promise in the first place?


In order to God to keep his promise he had to change the way the world is, the way people are. And he had to defeat Satan, who kept people in darkness.


Isn't that what he was doing in the first place?


Remember the plan?


God called Abraham and Israel in order to show the world who He is, so people would go back to him, get his life in them again as it was when He made us, and once again take care of and rule over the earth.

What does that have to do with what we just read? Jesus went behind the curtain, he entered into the holy of holies where where the priest only went once a year to make atonement for the people. He is the forerunner, which means we are to follow him. Because he is our high priest, we can go with him into the holy place.



More on what that means tomorrow.

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