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Hello everyone-

We are closing our look at the Tabernacle this week. This leaves us with three weeks until we close the book of Exodus. What an amazing journey it has been through this amazing book! This last week we talked about a very important part of the tabernacle – the priests. We talked about how the priests model for us an amazing picture of service. Every day the priest would get dressed and serve to represent his people to God. His life was an act of service. It served as a powerful reminder to us of the important connection between our relationships with each other and our ability to worship God. Serving one another – seeking to reconcile when we have broken relationships and seek to love each other well impacts our worship as individuals and as a church. If we are self seeking – self centered – people who hold grudges or gossip – we are running the risk of hurting our ability to worship; and worship is meant to be a key movement of our life.

We were also reminded that Jesus is our great High Priest and because of Him we can approach the throne of grace with confidence that we will receive mercy and grace for us in our time of need. Are we confident that we belong with God; that we can stand in His presence and feel absolutely safe knowing Jesus has made it possible for us to be here? I want to invite you to sit with this verse this week:

Hebrews 4:14-16 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

First pray and ask God to lead your reading of His Word.

Take some time to read these verses and let me invite you to read them several times.  

The first time you read it – just pay attention to anything that catches your eye. Read it slowly and simply listen to the words. Don’t try to force anything

Then read it again – note if your attention is drawn back to any specific places in the reading. What does it say – what point is the writer making? Just pay attention to anything that stands out to you or thoughts you may have on reflection of the passage. Pay attention to any line or lines that you are particularly drawn to.

Then read it again – this time pray and ask the Lord why this part of the passage is standing out to you. Maybe take some time to write down why you think it is standing out to you. Share your feelings and thoughts with the Lord about what you are seeing here.

Read the passage a 4th time and this time let yourself sit in quiet with the passage and the verses God has highlighted for you. Be grateful for God’s guiding for He has met you today!

Well – may you enjoy this thought of having a great High Priest who stands for you.  Did you know what the writer of Hebrews talks about right before this passage? Rest. How restful is it to think we can approach God and be confident knowing we have found our home.

Home…

Makes me smile when I think about it. We all long for home. I know … Some homes are not so great – but it doesn’t change the fact we are all looking for a place we belong like in the old CHEERS song – where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. We are looking for home; and Jesus – our great High Priest has made it possible to come home to God.  We belong here – thank you Jesus!!!

Have a great week everybody!

Pastor Ryan