September 25: Praise

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September 25

Praise

735.
He blessed Abram, saying,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
–Genesis 14:19-20

736.
I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
–Psalm 34:1

737.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
–Hebrews 13:15-16

 

Hebrews Chapter Seven

HEBREWS CHAPTER SEVEN

1 For this Melchizedek was Salem’s king,

Priest of God Most High, who met Abraham

When he returned from the defeat of kings,

 

And blessed him, 2 on whom Abraham conferred

A tenth of everything. First, his name means

“The king of righteousness”; then also, “king

 

Of Salem” means “the king of peace.” 3 Without

A father or a mother, or descent,

And having no beginning of his days

 

Or end of life, but like the Son of God

He stays a priest forever. 4 You see, then,

How great he was, that Abraham the first

And the most honored man among all of

God’s chosen people, gave to him one tenth

Of all his spoils of battle. 5 Now the law

 

Requires Levitical descendants who

Are members of the priesthood to collect

A tenth from their own countrymen, that is,

 

Their brothers, even though their brothers are

Descended too from Abraham. 6 This man,

Melchizedek, was not from Levi’s line,

 

And yet he took a tenth from Abraham

And blessed him who received God’s promises.

7 There is no doubt the one who blesses is

 

Greater than any person who is blessed.

8 The Jewish priests, though mortal, took in tithes,

But with Melchizedek, they were received

 

By him who is declared to be alive,

9 And you might say when Abraham paid him

The tenth, 10 that Levi, whose descendants take

 

The tenth, paid it too. He was not yet born

But in a sense was in the body of

His ancestor when this Melchizedek

 

Met Abraham. 11 Now if perfection could

Have been attained through Jewish priests and laws

(The law was given to the people on

 

The basis of the Levite’s priesthood), why

Was there a need for yet another priest

To come− and not in Aaron’s order but

 

One in the order of Melchizedek?

12 For when the priesthood has a change, the law

Must also change. 13 Our Lord, of whom these things

 

Are said, was in another tribe; none

Belonging to that tribe has ever served

As altar priest, 14 for it is clear our Lord

 

Was born in Judah’s tribe, and Moses did

Not mention Judah when he spoke of priests;

15 And what we’ve said is even clearer if

 

Another priest, one like Melchizedek,

Appears, 16 one not made priest by human rules

But on the basis of the power which

 

Is flowing from an endless life, 17 for it’s

Declared, “You are a priest forever in

The order of Melchizedek.” 18 Because

 

The former rule was weak and useless 19 (for

The law made nothing perfect), it is set

Aside. But now we have a better hope

 

By which we may draw near to God, 20 and it

Was not without an oath. 21 God took an oath

That Christ would always be a priest, although

 

He never said that of the other priests.

Only to Christ he said, “The Lord has sworn

And never will he change his mind: You are

 

A priest forever in the order of

Melchizedek.” 22 Because of God’s oath, Christ

Can guarantee forever the success

 

Of this new covenant. 23 Those other priests

Were many, for they died and could not stay

In office for their work, 24 but Jesus lives

 

Forever and continues as a priest,

So no one else is needed. 25 He can save

Completely all who come to God through him,

 

Because he lives to intercede for them.

                  26 Such a high priest does meet our need—one who

Is holy, blameless, pure, set off from sinners,

 

Lifted above the heavens. 27 Unlike other

High priests, he need not offer sacrifices

Day after day, first for his own sins, and

 

Then for the people’s sins. He sacrificed

For their sins once and for all when he offered

Himself, 28 because the law appoints as high

 

Priests men in all their weakness; but the oath,

Which was made later than the law, decreed

The Son, who’s been perfected endlessly.

 

S.D.G.

 

September 24: Righteousness

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September 24
Righteousness

732.
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
–Genesis 15:6

733.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
–Psalm 23:3

734.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
–Matthew 6:33

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Hebrews Chapter Six

HEBREWS CHAPTER SIX

1 So let us leave the elementary
Doctrine of Christ. Instead, let us go on
To be mature in understanding, as

Strong Christians ought to be. We do not need
To speak again about repentance from
The acts that lead to death, of faith in God,

2 Of baptisms and laying on of hands,
The resurrection of the dead, and of
Eternal judgment; 3 and, God willing, we

Will now go on to other things. 4 It is
Impossible for those who have once been
Enlightened, who have tasted for themselves

The gifts of heaven and experienced
The Holy Spirit, 5 and who know how good
The Word of God is and the powers of

The coming age, 6 if they have turned on God,
To have renewal in repentance, for
To their own loss they’ve nailed the Son of God

Onto the cross again and held him up
To ridicule, disgrace, and public shame,
7 For when a farmer’s land has had much rain

Fall on it and good crops come up, it has received
God’s blessing, 8 but if it keeps having crops
Of thorns and thistles, it’s considered no

Good, near to being cursed, and in the end
It will be burned. 9 Dear friends, though I may talk
Like this, I’m confident of better things

With you, that you’re producing the good fruit
That comes along with your salvation. 10 God
Is not unfair: He won’t forget your work

For him, or how you showed your love for him,
By your assistance to his people. 11 We
Want each of you to show this diligence

As long as life endures, so you’ll receive
Your full reward. 12 We do not want you to
Become lethargic but to imitate

Those who receive all God has promised them
Because of their strong faith and patience. 13 When
God promised Abraham, since there was none

Greater for him to swear by, he swore by
Himself and said, 14 “I’ll surely bless you and
Give you a son and give you numerous

Descendants,” 15 so after patiently waiting,
Abraham received what was promised. 16 When
Men take oaths, they swear by someone greater

Than themselves, and the oath confirms what is
Stated and finishes all argument.
17 God also bound himself when he confirmed

It with an oath, so that those to whom
He promised help would understand God’s purpose
Would never change. 18 He’s given us his promise

And oath, two things that we can fully count
On, for it is impossible for God
To tell a lie. 19 We who have fled to take

Hold of the hope that’s offered us may be
Greatly encouraged for we have this hope
As our soul’s anchor, firm and safe, which

Connects us with the inner shrine behind
The veil, 20 where Jesus went ahead of us
To plead for us from his eternal place

As our High Priest, with the high rank and respect
After the order of Melchizedek.
S.D.G.

September 23: Kindness


September 23
Kindness

729.
Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life.
–Genesis 19:19

730.
You, the source of my life,
showered me with kindness
and watched over me.
–Job 10:12
731.
Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.
–Romans 11:22

 

Hebrews Chapter Five

HEBREWS CHAPTER FIVE

1 For every high priest taken from among
Men is ordained to speak for other men
In things concerning God, to offer gifts

And sacrifices as a covering
For sins. 2 He’s able to deal gently with
The foolish and the ignorant because

He too is weak. 3 That’s why he has
To offer sacrifices for his own
Sins as well as the people’s sins. 4 No one

Can take this honor on himself; he must
Be called by God, as Aaron was. 5 So Christ
Too did not take such honor on himself,

The honor of becoming the High Priest.
Instead, God said to him, “You are my Son,”
Today I have become your Father.” 6 He

Says too: “You are a priest forever in
The order of Melchizedek.” 7 While Christ
Was here on earth, he pled with God and prayed

With tears and agony of soul to God,
Who could save him from death, and he was heard
Because he wanted to obey the Lord,

8 But even though he was God’s Son he learned
To be obedient through suffering,
9 And, once made perfect, he became the source

Of a perpetual salvation to
All who obey him, 10 and then God declared
He was to have the office of high priest,

And in the order of Melchizedek.
11 I have much more I’d like to say along
These lines, but you don’t seem to listen, so

It’s hard to make you understand. 12 In fact,
You have been Christians for a long time now,
And should be teaching others but instead

You still need someone to instruct you in
The basic principles in God’s Word all
Over again. 13 You are like babies who

Still live on milk, not being old enough
For solid food; that is, experience
To learn what’s right and wrong, 14 but solid food

Is for mature believers, who have learned
Through use how good and evil are discerned.

 

S.D.G.