Pastor’s Notes

Hebrews 4:12-16

12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The Letter to the Hebrews is profoundly spiritual in nature and is written like a sermon, which many think it actually was. Should one wish to read a spiritually uplifting message, a message of faith, this is the Letter to read.

In a seminary class, a professor told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push.

After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years. Ill health forced the professor and family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When the professor proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, “Why I believe the only trouble is this loose cable.” He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to the professor’s astonishment, the engine roared to life.

For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept the professor from putting that power to work.

This is what the Letter to the Hebrews tells us. The power is within you. A gift from God’s son. Put that power to work.

Grace, Peace & Mercy to all,

Wes