By Faith

Seventeen times in these two chapters the phrase “by faith” is used. The final parts of the letter offer great encouragement to the Hebrew Christians who are being tempted to deny their Christ.

Ponder the opening verse of chapter 11 about the nature of faith. Follow the sweeping review of Old Testament saints as the writer lifts them as examples of faith. They gave their lives for what they believed in their heart, without seeing it with their eyes.

You too are in the possession right now, of what you do not fully seethe perfect salvation won for you by Jesus. As you receive it, you anticipate by faith the joy you will experience completely when the veil of this life is removed and your life in heaven unfolds. What links now with then, is your faith. Exult in these chapters.

Hebrews 10—11

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Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In the season of Pentecost this year we read 1 Timothy and Hebrews.

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Chesed le’olam

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My days in early religious life were filled with this psalm. We used to sing it to the psalmody of Joseph Gelineau, a Jesuit priest from France, who set the entire Psalter to music. You will catch the sweet flow of the rhythm if you swing from side to side accenting the underlined words.

Chesed (the first syllable has a guttural sound), is the Hebrew word for God’s loving kindness, God’s faithful love which is constant and forever, ‘olam. This latter word expresses the immensity of God’s reign, infinitely extending in time and space. The verse for the day is Chesed le’ olam. It has the feeling of a sigh to it. What a lovely way to spend your day, often breathing out this verse as you sigh in gratitude for the long list of loving kindnesses that the Lord has bestowed upon you!

Psalm 136

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We continue to read the Psalms in numerical order.

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Sacred Tasks

This passage lists the names of those assigned sacred charges in the life of worship—priests, musicians, and gatekeepers. The roster was designed by lot—twenty-four groupings, each group taking a two-week period a year.

Chapter 24, verse 10 gives the name of Abijah. Zechariah belonged to this house. Luke 1 tells how his turn had come to intercede for God’s people in the Holy of Holies during Yom Kippur. This was the moment when the Angel Gabriel announced the conception of John the Baptist.

Many people fulfill the tasks of the Temple—not just a few, as often happens in church life. Be filled with admiration at the respect that worship had for God’s people, and the privilege that each experienced at being called to serve. Would you not want to have your name written in the book of life for having served the Lord so that true worship could take place?

1 Chronicles 24—26

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Example: Watching the gate of my heart 26:1ff

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
In the season of Pentecost this year we read Proverbs 27—29 and 1 Chronicles.

 

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