October 14, 2020

Topic Day|Hebrews Recap

He Is Better!

Hebrews 1:3–4

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He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

He Is Better!

Key Verse | Hebrews 13:20-21

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Bio | Kathy Marshall

I am a native Texan; wife of 47 years to Randy, my most favorite person on earth; "mama" to Whitney, John, and Mindy (married to Stephen, Julia, and John David, respectively); and "Cookie" to Olivia, Marshall, Bauer, Charlie, John David, Mary Kathryn, Annie, Max, Sam, Lyla, Lowen, and Bear. I am so thankful for this family and am constantly inspired by their faith- and fun-filled lives!

I am a note writer, flower lady, and cheerleader for my clan!

I love early mornings, creamy coffee, a good story, the beach, water coloring, my friends, and growing in grace.

Central Truth

To look at Jesus, the "radiance of the glory of God," His finished work that purged our sins, now our High Priest, we can be secure even if everything around us is falling apart. His Word and promises are steadfast, and so is the hope we have in Him.

Devotional | Hebrews Recap

My testimony doesn't qualify me to be a "typical" Watermark member. My sins weren't spicy, but a bit boring. But my "goodness" was as dead as dead can be. Darkness is dark no...

My testimony doesn't qualify me to be a "typical" Watermark member. My sins weren't spicy, but a bit boring. But my "goodness" was as dead as dead can be. Darkness is dark no matter sin's style. I am saved from more than I can imagine and to more than I could dream.

Hebrews gives a thrilling perspective, because in it the revelation of God's Son is seen as God's highest and clearest presentation of Himself!

Over my desk I have this: "Jesus is worth my highest amazement, my utmost respect, and my total attention." (Source uncertain, but Tim Keller, I think.)

Jesus is most truly the source, center, and end of everything God has to say. I have a limited grasp of glory, radiance, power, majesty, and excellence, but these are what we find when we look at Jesus and increase in wonder. We always become what we gaze upon.

"Better" is one of the important words in Hebrews, where we see Jesus with a better name, and He has given us a better hope, a better covenant, a better promise, a better life, a better country, and a better resurrection.

He wants our hearts to be "established with grace" . . . emphasizing the idea of gaining strength, reliability, confirmation, and permanence. We have a kingdom that cannot be moved!

Hebrews is a book of evaluation, exhortation, examination, expectation, and exaltation. We are partakers of the heavenly calling, made possible through our compassionate High Priest!

This magnificent book tells us to:

  • Not neglect so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:3)
  • Hold fast this confidence and hope to the end (Hebrews 6:11)
  • Become skilled in the word of righteousness (Hebrews 5:13)
  • Progress in the faith (Hebrews 6:1, 11-12)
  • Receive this anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast (Hebrews 6:19)
  • Stir one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
  • Seek the city to come (Hebrews 13:14)
  • Offer a sacrifice of praise to God (Hebrews 13:15)
  • Give thanks to His name (Hebrews 13:15, KJV)
  • Share and do good (Hebrews 13:16)
  • Renew our strength to endure the race of faith (Isaiah 40:31; Hebrews 12:1-2)
  • Pursue peace and holiness (Hebrews 12:14)

God is able to save to the utmost those who come to Him, and there will be great reward when He returns!

No boredom, indeed!

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Discussion Questions

1. What am I really trusting? Is it the Word of God or the things of this world that are shaking and ready to fall?

2. Do I live for the permanent or for the immediate?

3. How much do I live in the future tense, with sights set on the eternal kingdom?

4. How much am I motivated by reward?

5. What does being "partakers of the heavenly calling" (Hebrews 3:1, KJV) look like?

6. Does my life show that I have full assurance, an anchor of the soul, eagerly awaiting Christ's return?

7. How is my strength renewed to run the race?

6 Comments available

Angela Andrews 7 months ago

Hi Kathy, What a joy to read your words today. I typically start my day with the Scripture and come back to someone else’s words later. But what a great review of Hebrews. He is superior, more excellent, and as you say, better! Thanks for a “boring” testimony that is anything but boring. God saved each of us, and from another who has a “boring” testimony that is anything but boring because Christ saved me from sin, and all sin is awful. We classify sin; God does not. Even though it’s been many years (nearly 30) since you and Randy have been a regular part of my life, it’s fabulous to observe that, as a couple, you both continue to serve Him!

Michael Scaman 7 months ago

Jonathon Edwards has a sermon where he titled it as an “The Admirable Conjunction of Diverse Excellencies in Christ Jesus” and that’s what Jesus is.

Jesus even upholds the universe by His power no mere angel

Jonathon Edward’s sermon can be found here https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/admirable.html

Greg Jones 7 months ago

I’m considering Q1 the way Q5 is asked.

What does trusting the [W]ord of God look like?

I always fell like it’s meant as, “trust these answers”, because these answers are the Word. That makes sense.

Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death.Exodus19:12 A God answer at Mount Sinai. Hebrews12:18-24 takes a Mount Sinai God answer and pulls a message out of it.

I trust Bible words are written with reason. I have faith that God is behind those reasons. I trust my Bible to provide questions for it’s answers.

I call it faith, but if trusting the Word is a thing for me, it’s living in the transition of a message coming out of answers.

A fear based belief may be it’s biggest enemy.

Shawn Foster 7 months ago

Wonderful, magnificent devotional Kathy! We are studying Luke 12 in Men’s Summit, the truth that “Life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” But rather in the abundance of the things of God. You’ve packed this with rich words and truths, a beautiful treasure chest! The things of this world grow dime in the light of Jesus radiant face. My lens is refocused and strength renewed every day when I Stay on this journey. Thank you for serving it up and have a terrific day of worship!!!

Sue Bohlin 7 months ago

Just OUTSTANDING review of Hebrews, Kathy! :::standing and clapping::::

I love what I read some time ago about Hebrews–that while the Gospels are Jesus’ commentary on the Father, Hebrews is the Father’s commentary on the Son. I have loved walking through this book and how it shines a spotlight on Jesus, showing Him to be better (as you said, VERY key word!) than everything else, and providing a better everything else along the way.

I am thankful for how the book of Hebrews helps us develop an eternal perspective, sharpening our views and values on the heavenly kingdom to help us live well on earth.

Hugh Stephenson 7 months ago

GM Kathy. Love this devo and summary.

I’m reflecting on “glory, radiance, power, majesty, and excellence” of the “great shepherd of the sheep”.

The image of a shepherd is so powerful. I know this about sheep

They are easy prey for wolves as they:

Have no natural defense mechanism

Are stubborn and rebellious

Will choose the polluted water they’re drinking over the pure water they have to walk to

Have top be redirected and disciplined quite often

Can be easily distracted by the pleasure of delicious food

Talk constantly but say nothing significant

Panic easily and then the whole flock panics

Who would sign up for the job of shepherd?!?!?!?

Phillip Keller’s book on Psalm 23 has been a huge encouragement to me. He was an actual shepherd in east Africa. His perspective teaches me much about the heart of Jesus. https://www.amazon.com/Shepherd-Looks-Psalm-23/dp/0310274419/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1136JKT4FRXJZ&dchild=1&keywords=a+shepherd+looks+at+psalm+23+phillip+keller&qid=1602617978&sprefix=a+sh%2Caps%2C196&sr=8-1

Hayden sings of my Shepherd King;


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