2017 Day 320 – Not My City

Jesus … suffered outside the gate [of the city] in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.  Hebrews 13: 12-14 Who likes this kind of talk? I don’t! … Continue reading

2017 Day 319 – Praise When?

Blessed be the name of the Lord     from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting,     the name of the Lord is to be praised! Psalm 113: 3-4 That’s a pretty convicting couple of verses. We need to praise God from now to eternity – and from the time we wake until the … Continue reading

2017 Day 318 – No Gain Without Pain

… [Our earthly fathers] disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but [God] disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12: … Continue reading

2017 Day 317 – Women Nag??

Yes, we do. We nag. We pick fights with our husbands. And it’s not pleasant: A continual dripping on a rainy day     and a quarrelsome wife are alike; to restrain her is to restrain the wind     or to grasp oil in one’s right hand. Proverbs 27: 15-16 It’s constant, grating and annoying. It doesn’t feel like … Continue reading

2017 Day 316 – Good Morning?

I could do a lot of research on the fact that God said to Ezekiel, referring to the prophet’s wife: “I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep…” (Ezekiel 24:16). I can’t fathom that God took Ezekiel’s wife in order … Continue reading

2017 Day 315 – Draw Near

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith… Hebrews 10: 19-22 …while … Continue reading

2017 Day 314 – The Man in the Gap

Two verses struck me today:  I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the [gap] before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.  Ezekiel 22:30 God tells Ezekiel that He will destroy Jerusalem for the city’s heinous sins. He looked for a … Continue reading

2017 Day 313 – Ultimate Sacrifice

…[Jesus] has appeared once for all… to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9: 26 … Christ… [was] offered once to bear the sins of many…  Hebrews 9 :28a I just don’t get how today anyone can read scriptures like this and not comprehend that Jesus died as a sacrificial offering in … Continue reading

2017 Day 312 – Imperfect System vs. Perfect Savior

The author of Hebrews continues in chapter 9 to compare the Old Testament sacrificial system to Jesus as ultimate priest and sacrifice (as I’ve blogged about here and here). Today’s reading points out two more key differences: into the [Most Holy Place of the Temple], only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and … Continue reading

2017 Day 311 – Better Promises

Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.  Hebrews 8:6 Hebrews 7 and 8 tell how Jesus Christ is exceedingly superior to the Old Testament sacrificial system since He is the ultimate priest and the final sacrifice. And of … Continue reading

2017 Day 310 – Faithful Wounds

Better is open rebuke     than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend;     profuse are the kisses of an enemy.  Proverbs 27: 5-6 I’ve had a couple friends recently tell me things I didn’t want to hear about myself. One or two comments actually left me speechless – I felt such shame. In fact, I … Continue reading

2017 Day 309 – A Priest Forever

From today’s reading in the book of Hebrews: For it is witnessed of [Jesus], “You are a priest forever,     after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 7: 17 My husband had an amazing Biblical and theological library which he left behind when he died. He is with Jesus and doesn’t have to read about Him any … Continue reading

2017 Day 308 – Tomorrow

Do not boast about tomorrow,     for you do not know what a day may bring.  Proverbs 27:1 Today’s proverb reminded me of something Jesus said: …seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient … Continue reading

2017 Day 307 – Sometimes God Says “No”

 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.  Hebrews 5: 7 God heard Jesus’ cries from the Garden of Gethsemane. He heard Jesus’ plea to avoid the cup of God’s wrath, to avoid … Continue reading

2017 Day 306 – Grace to Help

I came across a few verses from Hebrews 4 that reminded me of some verses I read a few days ago. I’ll post all the verses here: …it was fitting that [God] for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation *perfect through suffering. Hebrews 2: 10 … Continue reading