Preaching Outline Psalm 4 “Stand in Awe…”

Psalm 4 Stand in Awe!
It is considered that Psalm 3 and Psalm 4 were written at the same time by King David referring to the rebellion of his son Absalom. King David faced opposition from the time he was a teenager. God anointed Him to be king while another king was still on the throne. David spent many years of his life just trying to stay alive – to not be killed by King Saul. Finally David became King of Israel, but even then he was surrounded by countries that wanted to destroy him and take over the nation. Through all of these troubles, David prayed to God and asked God to lead him and establish the nation. God blessed in all of this and David remembered how good God always was to him. He had made mistakes in his life, as we all do, and he confessed them to God and asked forgiveness. At the time of the writing of this psalm, David is an older man. He found himself taken completely by surprise at the danger he faced – his own son, Absalom, turned on him and was trying to kill him and take over the kingdom. David was not sure of who he could trust, his son and some of those that had been his friends had turned on him. The one person that David knew that he could trust and that he could depend on is the One to whom he called – “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness…”. He had learned throughout his life that God is faithful, always faithful, and he, as well as we, should walk close to Him and keep our eyes on Him! We will look at this psalm today in four divisions.

I. Turn to the Lord first! Psalm 4:1

David presented himself before God “Hear me when I call…” and submitted his petition and his prayer.

A. His petition was not based on who he was. For example “I am David, the King of Israel”

B. His petition was not based on what he was. “I am good and followed your will”.

C. His petition was based only on what God had done in David’s life. “O God of my righteousness…”

David knew very well that all of his own righteousness before the Lord are as the Prophet Isaiah declared “…But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…”. He came before the Holy God as a repentant sinner who had in faith trusted God and God had declared David righteous. God had given David, as he does each of us who have trusted Him by faith, the invitation to come to Him and find help in the time of trouble. God had done this in the past – “…thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress…”. At times when David had no place to go, he was pushed into a corner, enclosed in a box, trapped in a small space with no place to God, God blessed him and enlarged him, made him bigger than the situation and gave him a way of escape. He believed that God would help him again and answer his prayer.

II. Tribulation and trouble will come from the world. Psalm 4:2

A. The accusations from the enemies. “…how long will ye turn my glory into shame?”

B. The actions of the enemies. They have placed things that are worthless (vanity) and empty of truth (leasing) above the Lord, His Word, and His will.

Live a life that will please God and see if those around you do not laugh at you, make jokes about you, call you names and tell others how foolish you are.

Just tell those that invite you to go and drink alcohol that you do not drink it because God says that it is not wise to do so – and you want to be wise.

Tell your friends that men should be men and women should be women. They should live to please God and not be ashamed.

Tell your friends that you believe in dressing modestly and that you are going to keep yourself pure before the Lord and only have a special relationship with the one that you marry.

Tell your friends that you do not lend your handphones, tablets, and laptops to the Devil for his use to corrupt your lives.

Peter warned us about what they would say –

1 Peter 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:H

Human nature does not change, these people are still the same today. How was King David expecting to have the victory over the attack of the world? He told us that we should do the same thing that he was doing –

III. Trust in the Lord and obey Him. Psalm 4:3-5

A. The Delight of His majesty and power.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Isaiah 6:1-3 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Stand in awe – to tremble, to shake, to quake

B. The Danger – becoming too comfortable in His presence. Get our eyes, our minds, our hearts on the creation instead of the Creator – we put ourselves in danger by getting on the wrong path.
Share illustration of the Grand Canyon in the USA.

When we keep our eyes on God and we behold Him in His perfections, we will both desire to do His will and also be too afraid not to submit to Him and obey Him, trust Him!

IV. Testimony of God is His goodness in our lives. Psalm 4:6-8

Consider another Psalm that David wrote as he had his attention on the Lord – Psalm 23

A. Contentment. His presence and guidance.

Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

B. Comfort. (need table and chair for illustration)

Psalm 23:4,5 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

C. Confidence.

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Just imagine Goodness and Mercy following close behind you!

The direction from God –

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

And the protection by God – Mercy

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Stand up from your table prepared by God and walk away from your enemies with confidence in the Lord –
Walk with Moses, goodness directing him to trust God and mercy protecting him from the enemies behind!
Our prayer brings us to God with confidence because He has declared us righteous in Him and given the invitation to call upon Him. We come boldly, as David did, standing in Awe of God, and realizing His goodness is directing us and His mercy is giving time for His grace to operate in our lives. All of the goodness of God is based in the statement – Stand in Awe! Are your eyes on the Lord today or are they on the world? Do you delight in celebrity or do you delight in the Lord? Are you going to walk in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake this year or are you going to walk in the way of the world?

Will you give yourself to the Lord today?
In salvation?
In submission?
In service?

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Preaching Outline, the Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Three

The Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Three
We have learned from the Lord as He led the Apostle Paul to write of the –

II. Exaltation of Christ 1:4 – 10:18 That Jesus is –

A. Superior to the prophets. 1:1-3
B. Superior to the Angels. 1:4-2:18
C. Superior in Administration. 3:1-4:13 (Moses the Example) and that –

D. Christ Superior in Mediation. 4:14 – 10:18 (Aaron and Melchizadec)

1. Because of His qualifications. 4:14-7:25
2. Because of His exaltation. . 7:26 – 8:5 and –
3. Because of His ministration. 8:6-10:18

a. Performed through a better service. 9:1-22

The service which we –

1). Considered. 9:1-7 The Shadow of the True Tabernacle.

(1). The Sanctuary. 9:2-5 The place where God put His name on earth to dwell among His people. Patterned after his home in Heaven.

Today we will see His ministry –

2). Compared. 9:8-14

He taught, by the Tabernacle, that a better service was –

a). Needed. 9:8-10 The Tabernacle on earth was a figure of what was needed, Perfection!

Hebrews 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

b). Provided. 9:11-14 His entrance was – Acceptable and eternal

Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

3). Confirmed – by His death 9:15-22

a). Resulted in – 9:15 Redemption. “…eternal inheritance.”

His death was Required. Without death, the promise could not be –

(1). Accepted. 9:16,17 or –
(2). Executed. 9:22 “…and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

b. Accomplished by a better sacrifice. 9:23-10:18

We rejoice in His sacrifice because His death, burial, and resurrection resulted in

1). His presence in Heaven. 9:23,24

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

2). His power over sin. “…to put away sin…” 9:25,26
3). His perfect offering. 9:27,28 Never needs to be (nor can be) repeated.

Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

And we note that the plan of God was being executed in accordance to –

4). His prophetic fulfillment. 10:1-18

The readers of this letter are taught that –

a) The Law –

(1). Was of limited value. 10:1-6

Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

And therefore it –

(2). Was set aside. 10:7-10

Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

b) The Lord 10:11-17

(1). Satisfied the will of God.

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
(2). Sealed the New Covenant.

Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Paul has set forth Jesus of Nazareth, both Lord and Christ, is greater than the Prophets, greater than the Angels, greater than the Law, greater than all.

Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Founded on this truth of God, the Lord led Paul to turn to an –

III. Exhortation to believers 10:18—13:17 He began with an –

A. Exhortation to Faithfulness. 10:18-39 Pay careful attention!

1. Severity. A Word of Warning. 10:19-25

Paul reminded them of the blessing of salvation, and also the responsibility and accountability that came with the blessing. He wrote of the –

a. Permission we have to come into the presence of God. 10:19,20

“Having therefore…boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”

b. Purpose. ‘worship’ 10:21 “…with our high priest…”

c. Preparation – we must know that we are prepared by faith in God through

1). Salvation 10:22a “…let us draw near with a true heart..”
2). Sanctification. 10:22b

d. Perseverance. 10:23 “…holding fast the profession of our faith without wavering…”

e. Practice our faith and provoke others to do the same. 10:24,25

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Why should we exhort one another to be faithful to God? Because we know the

f. Principles of God do not change. 10:26-31

Paul reminded them of the consequences of willful sin. Their punishment would be –

a. Absolute.

Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Their punishment will be –
b. Appropriate.

Hebrews 10:28-29 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Their anticipation will be –
c. Agonizing.

Hebrews 10:30-31 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Some preach that these verses reveal that a saved person can lose his salvation. This is far from the truth. Paul has already set forth clearly that if a saved person could lose that salvation, Jesus’ death was not sufficient, powerful enough to fulfill His promise – “…I give them unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish…”

Do you believe that Moses is saved? Was he or was he not speaking with Jesus and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration?

Remember that even Moses was judged when he sinned willfully against the Lord!

Oh, that Aaron had been with Moses and advised him to listen carefully to the Words of God when the Israelites were complaining and demanding that Moses give them water.

Oh, that someone, maybe even his servant, Joshua, had encouraged him to pray before acting, to remember how God had blessed so many times before when Moses cried unto God for help!

Oh, that Moses had obeyed God and spoke unto the Rock as God had commanded him instead of hitting the rock with his rod! In his anger at the people, he was being vengeful and smote the rock.

Oh, that Moses had understood that God was using the rock as a type of His Son, the Christ, to show that the nation was blessed when it was smitten once, but His Son would only be smitten once! Never twice!

Moses broke down the illustration that God was giving and now Moses, God’s servant who had spoken to God as a friend spoke to a friend, was judged – “it was a fearful thing to fall into the hand of the living God.”

Can you imagine Moses crying out to God for mercy – to please let him finish his work and lead the nation across the Jordan River and into the Land of Promise. God allowed Moses to see the land of Canaan, but not lead the people into it. Moses took the work of God into his own hands. God warns us “Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense…The Lord shall judge His people…”. Not Moses, not us.

Will you listen to the Lord and follow His commandments?
Have you trusted Him by faith?

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Two

The Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Two

D. Christ is superior in Mediation. Hebrews 4:14-10:18
Jesus is uniquely qualified to be superior in mediation as our High Priest. He only is worthy!
1. Because of His qualifications. 4:14-7:25
2. Because of His exaltation. . 7:26 – 8:5

The Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect Mediator – “…for such an high priest became us…” He was suited to the need. His Being, Who He is, fulfills all that is needed for the salvation of man.

Last week we considered His Character, crucifixion, and call as the High Priest. We saw –
a. His character described. 7:26 His is –
1). Holy ‘Pure’
2). Harmless ‘without malice’ not looking for a reason to fight
3). Undefiled ‘untainted’, “real, ethical cleanness”
4). Separate from sinners – both in nature and in proximity.
(Sinless Person – the Son of God; Sinless place –
“Made higher than the heavens.”

b. His crucifixion. 7:27 “…he offered up himself…”
c. His call. 7:28 ‘Our perfect High Priest – forever’

And we were reminded of the overarching purpose of the ages is to glorify God.
We noted the satisfaction and of the justice of God through His death.
We noted the provision of salvation by grace through faith.
What learned of His purpose for us, here and now. We were reminded that His purpose in this age of grace – “I will build my church

d. His church.

We learned that as He is our High Priest, we are priest also as revealed by God through the Apostle Peter and are of the Spiritual Household He is building –

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Today we will be reminded by Paul that man did not create God, but God created man. He was before all things created. He is the beginning, the middle, and the end of all things. He is unchanging, “…the same yesterday, today, and forever…”. Most men are desiring for God to do their will, but we must remember that this is God’s plan and we must obey His will. Is this a bad thing? Look at what Paul writes to the Hebrews and to us about God’s will. He reminds us that God wants us to be with Him. He is the One who created us. He is the One who searches for us. He is the One who desires to live among us.
Paul wrote of our Great High Priest and he wrote of the place of service of the High Priest and the order of priest among men.

In chapter 8 Paul summarized the Position of the Lord Jesus – “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum…A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
In these first five verses, he wrote of the preeminence Jesus, with His people worshipping on earth and Jesus ministering in Heaven.

He is the Perfect Priest ministering in the Perfect Tabernacle in Heaven, of which the earthly Tabernacle was but a type, a shadow on earth of the true in Heaven.

Hebrews 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

The time is coming that we will see the Heavenly Sanctuary, not just a representation, with God accomplishing His purpose to live among His people –

Revelation 21:2-3 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Christ is superior –

3. Because of His ministering. Hebrews 8:6-10:18

Paul wrote in 8:6-13 that we have a better High Priest and He is ministering to us a better promise, which Paul called a New Covenant. He told them not to look back to the Law when God is minister that which is better! He has fulfilled the Law in Himself and is accomplishing His purpose on earth now –

Do not look back when that which is behind simply led us to that which is better!

Paul then told them to have faith in Christ and His ministry which is –
a. Performed through a better service. Hebrews 9:1-22

Remember at the creation, God created the world, the creatures of the world, and a people to populate the world. He placed the first couple, Adam and Eve, in a garden and there He had fellowship with them: God walking with His people. When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost that fellowship with Him. In order to restore fellowship with God, a sacrifice had to be given. Adam and Eve’s sin brought death into the world. The only answer for that sin is death: the innocent for the guilty. This is the first lesson that God taught Adam –

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

He covered their sin with the skin of an animal. The animal was innocent and was killed, shedding its blood to cover their nakedness. Only by the shedding of blood in death would sin be covered and man able to be near unto God. From that time until the time of the Lord Jesus, the offerings were made by the people of God according to His instructions. The individuals would give offerings for their sins and once a year, the High Priest gave an offering for the sin of the people. As these sacrifices were made, the people were reminded of their sin and of God’s holiness. God’s righteousness, holiness, and love were shown through the offerings and His desire to be among His people.

He wrote how God gave them a wonderful picture of His home in Heaven. The plan of the temple on earth is a shadow of that perfect place in Heaven. Think of that, the Light of God shining onto the earth and we can see the design of the Heavenly Tabernacle on here on earth. Each part of the Tabernacle had a purpose in describing sacrifice and the fellowship of man and God.

1). The Sanctuary. 9:2-5

Exodus 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

a). The Holy Place – fellowship (Note the furnishings)

We learn from the furnishings in the Tabernacle –

(1). Lampstand, table – service
(2). Shewbread – “The bread laid before Him” – fellowship
(3). Incense – service and fellowship with prayer

b). The Holy of Holies – forgiveness. (Note the significance of the mementos God commanded to be kept in this place)

(1). Golden censer – obedience (Dangerous to invade into the presence of God)
(2). Ark of the Testimony – Relationship (Tables of Law, Manna, Aaron’s Rod)
(3). Mercy Seat – Propitiation. God is satisfied with the offering.

Do you know what this describes? Does this sound familiar to you? Does it remind you of a family home?

The Tabernacle –

You enter through the door because you are a part of the family.
(I am the Door…”
You go by the altar knowing that you can enter the house in peace.
You stop by the Laver and wash your hands and feet, keeping the house clean.
You enter into the front room and feel so welcome and at peace as the light of the candlestick illuminates the room with the bread on the table and the conversation (prayer) offered through the smoke of the incense.
You see the curtain and you know that behind the curtain is the very presence of God above the mercy seat and you can experience the peace of God, knowing you are protected by His presence.

This is the experience of the Hebrews. Paul instructed them and us that this is an illustration of the glorious truth that we in this day of grace have a better position than they did. For all that God provided Israel through the Tabernacle was told to the people by the priest and what was within the veil was told the priest by the High Priest.
We have so much better than they because all believers are priest and can enter into the presence of God at any time and any place. Does this help us understand the promise given in chapter 4 that we can enter boldly into the presence of God to find help in the time of need?

I hope that you when you read of the tabernacle or the Temple, you will not just pass over it as something from Old Testament history. I hope that you see it as the shadow cast from the Light in Heaven of the true Tabernacle, the House of God. Are you looking forward to living in that house forever?

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Preaching Outline for the Letter to the Hebrews Message Twentyone

Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty One
In these chapters, we have been learning of the superiority of Jesus Christ in the Administration of the office of the great High Priest. Paul has written of his office not being of man, nor in the lineage of man, but a special office through a special call of God. In chapter 7:1-19 Paul gave details of the difference in the offices of the Aaronic priesthood and that of Melchisedec. We have already noted these differences and will not go through them again here. What we must see this morning is the description of our wonderful Lord and His ministry unto us. We are given a word picture, a beautiful portrait of our Lord.
Hebrews 7:20-28 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
1). He has a unique order. 7:1-10
2). He has a perfect order. 7:11-19
3). He has an everlasting order. 7:20-25

We note three things about this order: Established, Everlasting, and Effective.

a). Established by God’s oath. 7:20-22

The Lord Jesus Christ’s office as High Priest will never change – ever! “…made a surety of a better testament.” He is the guarantee of our position before God. As High Priest, He represents man to God and also God to man.

b). Everlasting because of His life. 7:23,24
“…He ever liveth to maketh intercession for them.”

Those that have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation have everlasting life!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

These promises are guaranteed by the Lord and are –

c). Effective because of His position. 7:25

Look at the blessed description of the Lord –

(1). Power – God the Son “…able to save…”
(2). Perpetuity – “…ever liveth…”
(3). Position – “…he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Jesus is uniquely qualified to be superior in mediation. He only is worthy!

2. Because of His exaltation. . 7:26 – 8:5

The Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect Mediator – “…for such an high priest became us…” He was suited to the need. His Being, Who He is, fulfills all that is needed for the salvation of man.

a. His character described. 7:26

Consider the description of the Lord in your minds – Think on Him!

1). Holy ‘Pure’
2). Harmless ‘without malice’ not looking for a reason to fight
3). Undefiled ‘untainted’, “real, ethical cleaness”
4). Separate from sinners – both in nature and in proximity.
(Sinless Person – the Son of God; Sinless place –
“Made higher than the heavens.”

b. His crucifixion. 7:27
c. His call. 7:28 ‘Our perfect High Priest – forever’

This morning as we consider His Character, crucifixion, and call as the High Priest and –

We note the overarching purpose of the ages is to glorify God.
We note the satisfaction and of the justice of God through His death.
We note the provision of salvation by grace through faith.
What does this mean to us this morning as we consider His purpose for us, here and now? We must remember His purpose in this age of grace – “I will build my church…”. Paul spoke of the Lord’s expectations of us in his first letter to Timothy –

“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

We note His ownership in all of these things this morning: His Character, His Crucifixion, His call and now –

d. His church

Now, we rejoice greatly as the portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ is painted before us in these words of Spirit and of Truth.

But, what happens when we are described in words of truth – the Light is shined on us. We may say that we do not want to be in the light, but the fact of the matter is we are.

Refer to –

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

What about our character, crucifixion, and call?
Character – How would those that know us describe us? Christ like character?
Crucifixion –

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Call – “…a holy priesthood…” to do what” “…To offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

What are spiritual sacrifices and how do we offer them? We must begin as those in Macedonia did –

2 Corinthians 8:4-5 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

Following this is praise, prayer, and service unto the Lord.

Do you want to measure yourself this morning?

How much time do you spend in praise of the Lord. How thankful are you?

Are you thankful in everything?

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

How much time do you spend in prayer?

How much time do you spend in serving?

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

What is my purpose in life? To glorify Him.

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Preaching Outline on Letter to Hebrews Message Twenty

D. Christ Superior in Mediation. Hebrews 4:14 – 10:18
(Aaron and Melchizadec)

1. Because of His Qualifications. Hebrews 4:14-7:25

Paul explained –

a. His Priesthood – We learned of His High Priesthood –

1). Declared. 4:14-16
2). Compared. 5:1-10 Paul then exhorted –

b. His People – They were challenged – 5:11-6:20 We noted the –

1). Rebuke. 5:11-14 Paul confronted their –

a). Indifference. 5:11
b). Immaturity. 5:12,13
c). Idleness 5:14 He then –

2). Reproved. Hebrews 6:1-8 Some had not believed.
Some were believing, but not acting. Paul wrote to charge them to be good testimonies to the unbelieving and to convince them that of their salvation they could be –

a). Sure. 6:1-3 The Foundation is sure. We are to –
b). Study. Hebrews 6:1 “…go on to perfection…”
The Word is sufficient.
Standing on the sure foundation and studying the inspired Word of God, we are to be –
c). Steadfast. Hebrews 6:4-8

(1). Explanation. 6:4-6 We know that we are Secure
We learned that if we can lose our salvation, the death of Jesus on the Cross was not powerful enough to save us forever and He would have to die again for us to be saved again!
We also learned that the believer is to have a testimony of salvation among the unbelievers. The evidence should be plain to see!

(2). Illustration 6:7,8 Paul illustrated this security

Concluding with the realization that the blessings of God come upon all, but not all believe and accept the goodness of God.

Knowing that rebuke and reproof is not enough, he began to correct them with this –

3). Exhortation 6:9-20 Paul counseled them to give –

a). Attendance to their salvation. 6:9-12 Spoke to the –

(1). Evidence of their salvation. 6:9

Even though Paul described a dangerous and forbidding landscape caused by unbelief (…though we thus speak…), he was describing the worst condition while expecting the best. Those still in unbelief should be encouraged by the blessings of God upon the believers and, seeing the goodness of God, turn to Him in repentance and faith! He then gave them –

(2). Encouragement in their salvation. 6:10
“…For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love…”

Today we begin by noting the –

(3). Endurance in their salvation. 6:11,12

Paul also exhorted them to consider the –

b). Assurance (of their salvation) 6:13-20 Based on the testimony of –

(1). Familiar example. 6:13-15

(a). The promise given.

Paul referred to the faith of Abraham, reminding the readers of his faith in following God, leaving his home and leading his family to follow the Lord at 75 year of age. (Genesis 12:1,4) They would remember his faith in the birth of Isaac when he was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 (Genesis 21:2,3). They would remember Abraham’s faith in God when at the top of the mountain, he prepared to sacrifice Isaac, his beloved son, to the Lord. They knew of his complete faith in God at this trying time

Genesis 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

Genesis 22:13-14 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Under the most difficult circumstances, Abraham trusted God. Why? Because God is faithful!

(b). The promise realized. 6:15
“…after he patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Jesus commended Abraham for his faith, and rebuked the Pharisees for their unbelief! Look at what they had seen, yet they remained in unbelief!

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

How did Abraham see the day of the Lord? He heard the Lord while dwelling in the city of Ur, the city Haran, the land of Canaan that God promised to him and his heritage, the face to face conversation about Lot being in the city of Sodom, the birth of Isaac. Time and time again God was faithful to His promises to Abraham. Abraham had faith that God would do what He promised and seeing these promises extend into the future – he was glad!

The promises of God are sure and just as Abraham believed God, we also should believe Him. Paul reminded them of God’s –

(2). Faithful promise. 6:16-18

(a). God’s confirmation. 6:16-18a Twofold – His promise and His oath.

Paul referred twice in these verses to the immutability of God. The word means ‘unchangeable’. God’s promises are sure. We are assured also by the fact that it is impossible for God to lie. He is truth. It is not that God does not lie, He cannot lie. He is absolutely holy and pure. This two-fold promise refers back to

Hebrews 5:5-6 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

God Himself promised –
His Person –“… the Son of God…” , and His position, “…Thou art a priest for ever…”

In these promises is the –

(b). Believer’s consolation. 6:18b

[1]. Relieved from fear. “…strong consolation…” Because of the –
[2]. Refuge in Him. (Run to Him for safety) and we have –
[3]. Received the promise – “…lay hold upon the hope set before us.”
Everlasting life!
We are to trust God and press forward because of the –

(3). Finished work. 6:19,20

Follow the anchor chain. It does not lead from our spirit and soul across the seas, oceans, and continents, up the road from the coast, just outside the city of Jerusalem to the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. That tomb is empty! We follow our anchor chain past the heavens, and through the veil into the very Throne Room of God where our Anchor sits at His right hand! The promise of our hope is Him. “…sure and steadfast…”

The Anchor is our Saviour, we being forever connected to the Solid Rock, The Foundation Rock, the Corner Stone…

And on the throne beside Him is Jehovah, God our Father –
Jehovah – Jireh He sees and supplies for our needs before we know them.
Jehovah – Nissi He is our Banner. Calling us to gather around Him.
Jehovah – Shalom His is our Peace
Jehovah – Shammah He is there Dwelling among us
Jehovah – Tsidkenu Our Righteousness.

The Connection is God the Spirit. He lives in us, seals us, protects us, teaches us, leads us, comforts us.

Not a possibility, not a probability, but He is sure and steadfast, just as are His promises –

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Are you saved?
Are you faithful to do what you know God’s will is for your life?
Are you trusting Him?
Are you serving?

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Preaching Outline for the Letter to the Hebrews message nineteen

D. Christ Superior in Mediation. Hebrews 4:14 – 10:18
(Aaron and Melchizadec)

1. Because of His Qualifications. Hebrews 4:14-7:25

Paul explained –

a. His Priesthood – We learned of His High Priesthood –

1). Declared. 4:14-16
2). Compared. 5:1-10 The High Priest –

a). Under Law. 5:1-4
b). Under Grace. 5:5-10 Paul then exhorted –

b. His People – They were challenged – 5:11-6:20

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
We noted the –

1). Rebuke. 5:11-14 Paul confronted their –

a). Indifference. 5:11
b). Immaturity. 5:12,13
c). Idleness 5:14
Not exercising their sense of discernment. Anyone that wants to learn can learn the meaning and application of God’s Word!

He then –

2). Reproved. Hebrews 6:1-8 Some had not believed. Some were believing, but not acting. Paul wrote to charge them to be good testimonies to the unbelieving and to convince them that of their salvation they could be –

a). Sure. 6:1-3 The Foundation is sure. Refer to –

1 Corinthians 3:10,11 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now we are to carry out the commission “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” – we are to –

b). Study. Hebrews 6:1 “…go on to perfection…”
The Word is sufficient.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Standing on the sure foundation and studying the inspired Word of God, we are to be –

c). Steadfast. Hebrews 6:4-8

(1). Explanation. 6:4-6 Secure

Those that claim salvation can be lost deny the power of the Sacrifice of Jesus and the acceptance of that sacrifice by the Father. They deny that His words from the cross “…it is finished…” have meaning for the lost world. They bring shame on Him, not realizing that through their denial of His completed work, if they could lose their salvation, He would have to die for them again because the first sacrifice had not enough power to insure their salvation unto eternity. Paul helps us to understand this through an –

(2). Illustration 6:7,8 Secure

Coming to the realization that the blessings of God come upon all, but not all believe and accept the goodness of God.

(a). Perseverance of the saints 6:7 Blessed results of belief

(b). Punishment of the unsaved. 6:8 Curse is the result of unbelief

Knowing that rebuke and reproof is not enough, he began to correct them with this –

3). Exhortation 6:9-20 Paul counseled them to give –

a). Attendance to their salvation. 6:9-12 Speaks to the –

(1). Evidence of their salvation. 6:9

Even though Paul described a dangerous and forbidding landscape caused by unbelief (…though we thus speak…), he was describing the worst condition while expecting the best. Those still in unbelief should be encouraged by the blessings of God upon the believers and, seeing the goodness of God, turn to Him in repentance and faith!

Share testimony of Grandpa Worley – a farmer that turned his heart to trust God. He had been in the cycle for years that so many farmers find themselves in – owing the bank each year for money needed to buy seed. The profit margin seem never enough. When he was saved he began to learn the whole counsel of God, which includes tithing. He was not sure how this would work as there never seemed to be enough, but he would trust God. When the harvest was finished, he sold his crops, paid his tithe, and had enough profit he no longer needed to borrow from the bank. Year after year the Lord blessed and his testimony for the Lord grew in the community. The other farmers saw the difference in their lives and his, their profits and his. The same dirt plowed, the same seed planted, the same fertilizer spread, the same sweat from the labour, yet he had more. The difference is God!
This is the testimony Paul is sharing – God sends the same rain and blessings on all. What makes the difference? Faith!

(2). Encouragement in their salvation. 6:10

“…For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love…”

God does not forget the loving labour and service given unto Him. The Hebrews knew the Word of God and would respond even as the lawyer replied to Jesus in –

Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Loving God results in loving others and putting them before self. Jesus explained this kind of love in His parable of the Samaritan putting others before himself in –

Luke 10:29-37 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
In this parable we are introduced to the –

(a). Stranger in trouble – simply known as a “certain man”.
(b). Servants of God. “…a certain priest… “…a Levite…”

These men did not even count this stranger (likely not knowing that he also was travelling even as they were – Jerusalem to Jericho) to have the value of an animal.

Exodus 23:5 If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.

(c). Samaritan traveler.

An unknown man, under no obligation to the Law, who counted the injured man of more value than himself. He put this man before his schedule, his safety, and his savings (He did not set a financial limit on the innkeeper). There was no talk of compensation, only the act of compassion and care. Jesus instructed the lawyer “…go thou and do likewise.”

“…For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love…”

The priest and the Levite were laboring, but not laboring in love! They were self serving while the Samaritan was serving others.

The Lord keeps a record of your love, compassion, and care for others. He sees and remembers your ministry to others.

The Christians who are seeking to please the Lord are blessed by this truth.
The Christians who are serving themselves should be convicted by this truth.
The unbeliever should be terrified by this truth. God will judge you, not only for your unbelief, but also for all of the things that you have done in this life!

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Preaching Outline for the Letter to the Hebrews Message Eighteen

D. Christ Superior in Mediation. Hebrews 4:14 – 10:18 (Aaron and Melchizadec)

1. Because of His Qualifications. Hebrews 4:14-7:25

Paul explained –

a. His Priesthood –

Last week we learned of His High Priesthood –

1). Declared. 4:14-16

Today we will be challenged by His Position as we see His High Priesthood –

2). Compared. 5:1-10

The High Priest –

a). Under Law. 5:1-4

We are reminded that the High Priest according to the will of God was appointed by God, chosen from the Tribe of Levi, and specifically from the family of Aaron of the family of Levi. The appointment, setting apart, of this man was for the purpose of approaching God with gifts and sacrifices as man’s representative before God. Note again the High Priest was a man from among men. Therefore he understood man and had compassion on them. It is interesting that his representation is noted where the sins were for the ignorant and wayward. NOTE: there was no sacrifice designated for the sin committed on purpose, man understanding the act of sin and committing it anyway. A man can only throw himself before God seeking mercy in His judgment.

Numbers 15:30-31 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

When we, believers, sin against God on purpose, consequences for that rebellion against Him will result. We should repent of that sin, turning from it and to God, but we will be punished according to His decision of what is appropriate. We will not lose our salvation! Paul teaches this clearly in chapter six.
The believer’s High Priest –

b). Under Grace. 5:5-10

The appointment of Jesus as High Priest is based on the authority (…Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest…), and purpose of God (…Thou art a priest…). One question that would be naturally raised by the Hebrews was that Jesus of Nazareth was not of the tribe of Levi, but of the tribe of Judah, from which no High Priest were chosen. How could He then be the High Priest? Paul answered the question by informing us that Jesus was not set apart as of the Aaronic Priesthood, but of that which was long before Levi and Aaron – that of Melchisedec (…after the order of Melchisedec…) – The Priest of Salem to whom Abraham submitted and paid tithes –

Genesis 14:18-20 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Melchisedec held the positions of King and Salem and Priest of God. Jesus’ priesthood did not follow lineage, but type. Melchisedsec was a type of the Promised Messiah. The Holy Spirit had declared these two things through the Psalmist in –

Psalm 2:6-7 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

And in –

Psalm 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

We need to remember these two statements of the will of God. They will be referred to in the following chapter!

The Hebrews knew these truths but did not understand the application of them. The Lord led Paul to explain this ministry of our Saviour. Paul, knowing the mindset of the people turned now to challenge them and us to seek to know and understand the meaning of God’s Word and its application in our lives.

Paul then exhorted –

b. His People – challenged. 5:11-6:20

Note: 5:11-6:20 contains a challenge from Paul to the recipients of the letter. These verses are a parenthesis containing a challenge. Beginning in 7:1 he continues his train of thought, elaborating on his statement in 5:10. In this challenge, He used a pattern that he would later send to Timothy to help in his ministry. Refer to 2 Timothy 4:2

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

We note the –

1). Rebuke. 5:11-14 Paul confronts –

a). Indifference. 5:11
b). Immaturity. 5:12,13
c). Idleness 5:14 Not exercising their sense of discernment.

The believers were assured of their salvation and were challenged to grow in their knowledge of the Lord. The unbelievers were confronted with the evidence of their unbelief. Assurance of salvation is noted throughout the Word of God.

Are you saved today?
Do have assurance of that salvation?

Are you living out your salvation in such a manner that gives glory to God?

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