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What Good Friday Is All About

“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.“ Hebrews 7:25

The great passion of the writer of Hebrews is that we “draw near” to God (Hebrews 4:16; 7:25; 10:22; 11:6). Draw near to his throne to find all the help we need. Draw near to him, confident that he will reward us with all that he is for us in Jesus. And this is clearly what he means in Hebrews 10:22, because verse 19 says that we have confidence “to enter the holy place,” that is, the new heavenly “holy of holies,” like that inner room in the old tabernacle of the Old Testament where the high priest met with God once a year, and where his glory descended on the ark of the covenant.

So the one command, the one exhortation, that we are given in Hebrews 10:19–22 is to draw near to God. The great aim of this writer is that we get near God, that we have fellowship with him, that we not settle for a Christian life at a distance from God, that God not be a distant thought, but a near and present reality, that we experience what the old Puritans called communion with God.

This drawing near is not a physical act. It’s not building a tower of Babel, by your achievements, to get to heaven. It’s not necessarily going into a church building, or walking to an altar at the front. It is an invisible act of the heart. You can do it while standing absolutely still, or while lying in a hospital bed, or while sitting in a pew listening to a sermon.

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Love to the Uttermost Devotional Readings for Holy Week
John Piper

Go And Lead

“Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say Exodus 4:12

Have you ever been given an assignment that you feel you’re totally unprepared or unable to do and look for every reason/excuse why you shouldn’t be the one to do it?  I think it’s safe to suggest we have all been that person at one time.

Did you know Moses was also that person? God called Moses to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt and Moses attempted to square off again God and refuse.

Here are the five reason Moses gave not to do what he had be selected for (have you ever said these to your CO, XO, employer etc…?)

  1. Who am I? You picked the wrong guy! Exodus 3:3-17  moses460
  2. The people forgot God’s name. (They won’t understand why I’m doing this) Exodus 3:13-22
  3. They won’t believe me or listen to me. Exodus 4:1-9
  4. I don’t speak well. Exodus 4:10-12
  5. Send someone else! (I’m not skilled enough) Exodus 4:13-17

Moses could not evade the responsibility that God had him for. God provided Moses the tools he needed, the words he used and a helper to assist him (Aaron).

We all know of Moses leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt and receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. He could have disappeared into history with no one ever knowing who he was, if left alone to his own lack of confidence but “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.” Acts 7:22

We’re not asked to be Moses but do we trust God enough to “go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say” in what we do or what we’ve been asked to do?