Thu Prayer Meeting Sharing on Hebrews 14:16
Did you know that coins used to be irregular (not quite round) & made from precious materials like silver. People started shaving off the sides of coins to get precious materials. Coins with the help of machine made perfectly round & milled at the sides (either lines or words). There are even idioms on coins such as 2 sides of the same coin. Meaning: Very closely related although seems different. Today we are looking at 2 sides of the same coin through grace & mercy in Hebrews 4.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV
– Unmerited favor; getting what we do not deserve
Over 170x in NT… yet we often struggle to understand grace as humans we often only reciprocate to favors
Why unmerited? Our sinful nature. God’s laws show us how far we fall short. Not one of us can be saved by our own works. Yet all of us can come to a merciful God.
Why does God show grace? God gives us life. God gives us love. God gives us redemption.
– God’s throne of grace:
“True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God.”- Spurgeon
So we behave in lowly reverence to approach Our Father who is hallowed, almighty, the King of kings & Lord of lords
– Why confidence? Thankfulness, joyfulness & trust knowing Our King will not give us scraps or broken pieces but is the seat where He dispenses grace.
How often do you stop to worship God & reflect on who He is?
What is your attitude when you come to God?
– Loving compassion despite being sinners; Not getting what we deserve
– Our redeemer God. God’s plan of redemption shows His unlimited love not sparing His son.
Blood is shed in substitutionary atonement because without it there is no forgiveness of sins. Jesus Christ blood is the only way. God is our redeemer.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
– When we fail, God comes to us with mercy & compassion that never fails!
Imagine being in God’s metaphorical shoes facing sinners every day. Repeatedly sinning. Yet humans responding in love & mercy being slow to anger.
How will you thank God for His mercy?
How do you show mercy & compassion to others? How will you behave the next time your blood starts to boil?
We need God else we are lost. Forever. Our provider God gives us all that we need & knows what is best for us. We need to approach God in love, thanksgiving, awe & reverence. By desiring to know & experience God, we will draw closer to Him & really know Him. And our actions on how we treat our fellow men with grace & mercy will draw others to eventually know His grace & mercy. We are all to offer our best to God who has given us such grace & mercy!