Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hebrews 5:7-14

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

Today’s passage speaks of obedience. In 8 short statements, Paul describes Jesus as the loving Son who learned obedience to the Father though his suffering. He then challenges his Hebrew readers to also learn obedience. His writing is so direct and clear.

How do we learn obedience? Jesus knew who God was and recognized that only God could save him. He knew that at the end of the suffering there was life and hope. He had total faith that his Father would deliver. His obedience was based on this total faith and commitment. When I recollect back on those people in my life to whom I have been obedient, our relationship has been based on this respect for authority.

Paul is very hard on the Hebrews in this passage for their apparent lack of obedience. He challenges them directly on the maturity of their faith because of this lack of obedience. There have been many times in my life when I have a success in some way only to have a major problem follow immediately. When I think I have my act together and I think I am really in control of my environment, The Lord quickly reminds me that I am not in total control and never will be. What a wonderful thing – to know that I don’t have to be in control because he is and he is taking care of me. In Paul’s language, we must continue to be children in need of milk. I thank God every day for my darling wife who teaches me daily what faith in God looks like in practice. I continue to learn obedience daily. Thank God!

AMEN
John Dickie

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