For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;
6 as he says also in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek.”
7 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. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Warning Against Apostasy
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.
14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
1 Thessalonians 2
3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 6 We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. 7 Instead, we were like young children among you.
Similar to the milk in Hebrews 5 above.. Here new Christians are spoken of - this is a journey. Milk seems harsh, and yet is a request to grow up and go forth.
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
1 Thessalonians 2
Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12
encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches
Papyrus 46 was entrusted to someone who took great care of the 104 Chapters of Scripture Papyrus. God entrusted that person wisely. And in this care, 1800 year old Scripture is in flawless condition for this age.Telling us - Scripture goes back to the time of Jesus' natural lifespan. Enabling us to see this as a seamlessly woven robe in time sequence.
A Word so true - we would reach for His hem - to be made whole.
Seamless Scripture helps us to recall what the Prophet Joel told us in Chapter 3.
We are all headed to God's Mansion of many rooms. Multitudes and multitudes will arrive where every knee will bow to Jesus Christ - God's Son.
We will be asked how are you caring for what is entrusted to you.
We would want to do what Jesus teaches us.
To deal gently
Not exalt ourselves
Offer prayer for the people entrusted to you
To work to listen
Know the basic principals of God, the Word of Righteousness
Discernment of good and evil
Not to lead in error or impurity or any attempt to deceive
Please God who tests our hearts
Not flattery, or a pretext for greed
Like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.
A father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you To walk in a manner worthy of God
Tell them who calls you into His own Kingdom and Glory.
Accept the Word of God, which is at work in you believers
Endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire
To see you you are our hope, glory and joy.
I have a good true Texas story for you. A huge Church had a roster of a few people who were allowed to be Assistants to the Service of God. Attendance in the summer was iffy. And a new "High Priest" arrived, if you will. The new Priest was discouraged to learn of the small number of assistants. And learned more did - indeed -want to be of service.
In an effort Jesus would applaud, the new Priest called for banners, new Huge bibles, things to polish, even streamers on poles. And the Priest stood to greet people as they left the Church Service - of all the people the Priest asked - if they would help proceed into the Church - none refused. Church attendance didn't flag. Forgive the pun. And people could be heard explaining in the large hallways - of course - they would be attending - they had to carry their banner - their huge Bible - their flag - their streamers into the Church.
We all want God to entrust us!
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!!!"
We just need to remember at our Homecoming - God will ask us - did we care for what was entrusted to us?
What we long to hear Father God say is:
"Beloved, Child, Well done! I have run to meet you!!! Welcome Home!"
Thank You, Father GOD, we are five pounds of soul.
When our brain no longer functions,
when our breathe departs,
when the plans of our mind perish,
You have ensured we are really an eternal Soul.
We will live believing, praising, telling Father God "Thank You, I have my being."
Mankind and all the Glories You have given us there, will not save us in wisdom.
We are blessed and privileged to call upon Jesus saving and helping us.
Lord God with only Your Word,
You established the stars and heavens.
Your Word calls the earth, the sea,
and all of your Creation - Good.
You alone, Father God, are to be believed to be forever.
You keep faith in us as we trust in You
Your throne is Justice, Splendor, Majesty,
Strength and Beauty before You.
Blessed are we whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord our God,
The Lord and His Word sets us free;
the Lord opens ours eyes again.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
The Lord ends suffering.
the Lord Loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners of this life;
The Lord upholds the widow and the fatherless,
and the way of the wicked You bring to nothing.
The Lord Will Reign Forever,
We cast our cares upon You. You care for us.
Praise the Lord! Who saves us and daily lifts us up.
This IS our God.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †