In these verses the writer refers to the old Jewish sacrifices offered upon the altar, but the bodies of the animals were taken outside the camp and burned. The Lord Jesus was taken outside the city of Jerusalem to be crucified (John 19:15-18). In these verses there is a sequence of practical truth and teaching which will force itself upon you: Are you living for time or eternity? Consider:-
Our helper in every time of need is the Lord Himself, and every believer can say “the Lord is my helper”. In this brief statement we discover three things:-
1. This help is ADEQUATE because it is divine, almighty help –“The Lord is my helper.” When we are in need friends come to our aid, but often they cannot help us because their resources are inadequate. The Lord’s resources are never inadequate. His name is El-Shaddai (Genesis 17:1), which means that He is “the Enough God”.
2. This help is always AVAILABLE because the Lord who doesn’t change is always with us – “The Lord is my helper.” Link together Hebrews 13:8, the end of verse 5, and verse 6. Do you recall that Mary and Martha said, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21, 32)? But He is always here – Psalm 46:1.
3. This help is APPROPRIATE to our individual needs because it is personally dispensed to each of us according to our need – “The Lord is my helper.” My needs are different from those of everyone else and His help is appropriate.
In Hebrews 13:1-9 we are shown several ways in which we need the Lord’s help if we are to live the Christian life effectively. Let’s look at them:-
The Bible is a very wonderful book. It is a composite library of 66 books, of which 39 comprise the Old Testament and 27 the New Testament. The Bible is unique, for it is no mere haphazard collection of writings, but is an organic whole, each of the 66 books being necessary to the whole 'library'. Any careful reader will quickly discover that there is a plan behind the arrangement of the books, and a unity about the Bible that is nothing less than miraculous. That is why we have entitled this study 'The Bible: God's Miracle Book'. The Bible is inspired, authoritative and entirely trustworthy. What are the grounds for believing this? Consider the following: Click for more
Have you ever noticed the important words, phrases and expressions that appear in the opening verses of 1 Peter, chapter 1? Notice the words chosen, grace, peace (verse 2); mercy (verse 3); inheritance, heaven (verse 4); faith (verse 5); and gospel (verse 12); and also the phrases: sanctifying work of the Spirit, the blood of Jesus (verse 2); and given us new birth (verse 3). All of these might well be called identifying words of the gospel, for they are words and phrases unique to the Christian revelation. There is one word, however, that Peter uses repeatedly; it is the word salvation – look at verses 5, 9 and 10, and notice the theme of verses 9-12. In this portion of scripture we have an outline of the meaning and method of God's great salvation. Click for more
There is surely no more comforting truth in the whole Bible than that God guarantees to keep His children from the present moment of time until they arrive safely in Heaven. How comforting this is to the new convert – look up Jude 24; to those in middle life – look up 2 Timothy 1:12; and to those nearing the journey's end – look up 2 Timothy 4:18! There was one special petition that our Lord Jesus offered in His great intercessory prayer – look up John 17:15. Peter gives the same emphasis to this glorious truth in 1 Peter 1:5. It is important, of course, to study the setting and context of the words, and to see what verses 2 to 4 say in introducing verse 5. They tell us that as believers we are chosen, sanctified, cleansed, born again and bound for Heaven! The Lord is not only keeping Heaven for us, but He is keeping us for Heaven; Click for more
In this study we are to consider some of the things that God puts first in order of importance. There is a certain excitement about 'first things'. Most of us remember our first day at school, and our parents probably remember the first time we walked or talked! Can you remember the first time you saw your need of the Lord Jesus as your own personal Saviour? – look up Acts 16:30-31; the first time you prayed in public? – look up Acts 9:11; the first time you gave your testimony, led a soul to Christ or preached a sermon – look up John 1:41-42? All these experiences came first in order of time: in this study, however, we shall focus upon some things that should come first by our deliberate choice. Concerning these God says, Click for more
Here is a subject concerning which we can turn to almost any portion of the Word of God for material, for the Bible is packed full of promises, encouragements and illustrations that emphasized the power of prevailing prayer. As a point of departure we shall base this study upon James 5:16-18. It is said that James had knees that were worn hard by his constant habit of kneeling. If this is true, we have the testimony of a man who had proved the power of prayer in his own life, and practiced what he preached. Notice that James 5:16 speaks about a particular kind of prayer – 'The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.' Do we know anything about this kind of prayer? Click for more