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Hebrews: Korah’s Revolt

How could there be a priesthood more perfect than that of Aaron, particularly when God had so protected the sanctity and exclusivity of the Aaronic priesthood for thousands of years?

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Second Day of Advent: Bathsheba

I wonder if Matthew, ex-tax collector and publican that he was, identified with these women and men at some level. Through this record God is displaying God’s grace to all people, victims and perpetrators. Even in this genealogy Matthew was already giving us a clue there is something unique and earth-shaking about Jesus. 

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Hebrews: Anchor of the Soul

The writer had given nearly three chapters of exhortation, dire warnings in stern language. Now he turned to encouragement, feeling certain his audience would respond to God’s call through his letter.

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Hebrews: Scorched Earth

It is hard to know what exactly was meant by this extreme measure, but it seems this was real, and was intended for ultimate good.

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Hebrews: Three Great Needs

The flow of Hebrews, then, so far, is to begin with Jesus and our right response, then to examine our need. Having pointed to Jesus as both fully God and also fully human, as uniquely able to pull off a God-sized rescue of all creation and also meet you and me right where we are, the writer would now address three great needs he saw among his readers, the Jewish believers.

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Minor Prophets: Zechariah, The Final Oracle

These last three chapters are Second Zechariah’s second oracle, describing the completion of God’s plan from the beginning, from before the creation of the world. When God gave God’s people the seven feasts described in Exodus, they were each prophetic of God’s plan of salvation. So far, four of those feasts have been fulfilled in Christ, and chapters 12-14 reflect the fulfillment to come of the last three feasts.

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