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When Greg and I were first married and setting up house, we enjoyed cranking up the Country Music and dancing around while cooking or cleaning. One song in particular had opening lyrics that made me smile. “She’s a brick house, she’s mighty, mighty”. At first I was a little offended—what woman wants to be compared to a brick house? Large and red are two descriptive words that come to mind. Neither of which sound complementary for a woman. But I don’t believe that’s what the writer of the song had in mind when he penned those lyrics.
We see in Hebrews 3 that the people of God are being compared to a house. Again, I don’t believe red brick or “mighty, mighty” is what the writer of Hebrews means. But a house is the analogy he uses, with God as its builder and architect. Verse 4 states: “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.”
As we learn in all of Scripture, the focus is not on us, but on God. He is the builder of all things. He is the one who gives us breath, holds us together and brings us home to rest. We are again reminded, like in chapter 1, that the Creator is greater than the creation.
The existence of a house is an argument for a builder. Building a house can be a long, tedious process. A house cannot build itself but needs an architect to design it and a builder to build it. Hebrews 3 states that God is the architect and builder of my soul (house). Moses had a role in building God’s house (people) as a servant and testifier to the builder. But here we see that Jesus is better than Moses. He is the son and heir of the estate. He is faithful to see the job to completion and take his rightful glory as the Creator and Sustainer of all.
Our job is to relax and let the builder do his work.
A house would never get built if the occupants continually questioned the location of walls, windows and doors. They often have a voice in choosing the color, design and finishings.
But, the Builder has the blueprint, the plans for the house. He sees the final product and knows the completed picture.
Not only that, but He is excited for the final “big reveal” when you can see the finished product of your life.
Are you trusting the builder of your house? Do you trust that his plans are good, perfect and written out of a heart of love for you? Are you focused on the minor imperfections of the house that seem not good—or are you gazing on Jesus—the faithful son, the model home, the one who sees the end and calls it good?
Our houses can only hold together when we consider Jesus. Take hope in His love for you, His good plans for you, and His promise of rest here and in eternity when this life is over.
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12
In his book Resolving Everyday Conflict, Ken Sande tells about observing a visually impaired woman who resisted the repeated warnings of her loyal and protective guide dog:
One day during my morning run I noticed a blind woman walking on the other side of the street with her Seeing Eye dog, a beautiful golden retriever. As I was about to pass them, I noticed a car blocking a driveway a few paces ahead of them. At that moment the dog paused and gently pressed his shoulder against the woman’s leg, signaling her to turn aside so they could get around the car.
I’m sure she normally followed his lead, but that day she didn’t seem to trust him. She had probably walked this route many times before and knew this was not the normal place to make a turn. Whatever the cause, she wouldn’t move to the side and instead gave him the signal to move ahead. He again pressed his shoulder against her leg, trying to guide her on a safe path. She angrily ordered [the dog] to go forward. When he again declined, her temper flared.
I was about to speak up … when the dog once more put his shoulder gently against her leg. Sure enough, she kicked him …. And then she impulsively stepped forward—and bumped square into a car. Reaching out to feel the shape in front of her, she immediately realized what had happened. Dropping to her knees, she threw her arms around the dog, and spoke sobbing words into his ear.
Our evil, unbelieving hearts lead us to question the very one who has promised to guide us in spite of our blindness. The author of Hebrews reminds us, again and again, to consider (yet again) Jesus. He’s willing to be an apostle taking us to new places… places we never dreamed of. Yet, we bump against Him… thinking that he will somehow lead us the wrong way. We seem to think we’re the ones who can see! And in our blindness he stays with us… like a great priest… hoping to guide us to see God rather than stumble in our blindness.
Twenty-five years ago, when the New York Yankees were the dominant team in major league baseball, the manager would say to the rookies, “Boys, it’s an honor just to put on the New York pinstripes. So when you put them on, play like world champions. Play like Yankees. Play proud.”
In similar fashion, the writer of Hebrews is attempting to inspire and to motivate and challenge the believers to walk worthy of the name by which they are called…
Consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
John Donne, an awful sinner who was saved by Jesus’ grace, was a poet most of us had to study in English 101.
His life story was one of folly and fancy… He was a Dorian Gray of the medieval world. Yet when he was converted, his whole outlook changed. He became quite chaste and focused on Christ. As he looked down the barrel of yet another plague going through his countryside he wrote this poem … a vitriolic poem… rooted in Christ’s salvation from the fear of death:
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me…
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
Hebrews 2 begins with a call—pay closer attention. Wake up! Remember! So that you don’t drift away from your great salvation.
Why do we need this warning? This call to pay attention?
We need it because right now things are not what they seem. We have blurred vision. This world looks out of control, our lives often feel out of control. The gospel slips from our grasp from distraction, neglect, busyness and lack of care. The image here is of a ring slipping off a finger. You are washing dishes and away it goes.
Verse 8 says that as of right now, we don’t see the fulfillment of Jesus. The world is not in subjection to him or to us. It is spinning wildly out of control. The car dies at just the wrong moment. Hurricanes come. Tragedy strikes—the call of cancer, the death of a loved one, the rebellion of teenagers. Divorce tears a family apart. We feel alone, we are suffering. It is too much!
Verse 9– We see Jesus.
The one who took on flesh. The one who gave up Heaven for us. The creator of life itself who suffered death for us. The helper who was tempted and suffered.
We see Jesus.
In our turning, in our grasping, in our fears and temptations—we see Jesus.
Standing in our flesh crowned with glory and honor. Made complete with the suffereing he endured so he could finish the work he was called to do.
The champion of our salvation who has slayed death and released us from its fear.
Wake up! Remember! Hold on tightly! Don’t let go!
You are not alone…
…In your temptation
…In your suffering
…In feeling out of control
Look past broken creation, Look past the prophets, look past the angels. And see Jesus.
A customs officer observes a truck pulling up at the border.
Suspicious, he orders the driver out and searches the vehicle. He pulls off the panels, bumpers, and wheel cases but finds not a single scrap of contraband.
Still suspicious but at a loss to know where else to search, he waves the driver through.
The next week, the same driver arrives. Again the official searches, and again finds nothing illicit.
Over the years, the official tries full-body searches, X rays, and sonar, anything he can think of.
Each week the same man drives up, but no mysterious cargo ever appears, and each time, reluctantly, the customs man waves the driver on.
Finally, after many years, the officer is about to retire. The driver pulls up. “I know you’re a smuggler,” the customs officer says. “Don’t bother denying it. But [darned] if I can figure out what you’ve been smuggling all these years. I’m leaving now. I swear to you I can do you no harm. Won’t you please tell me what you’ve been smuggling?”
“Trucks,” the driver says.
Jesus is better than all the other voices or choices (Sermon and Small Group material from Hebrews 1)
I received a text on Thursday from my wife: “Wow. I’ve decided I need noise canceling headphones for my Birthday”.
To understand that you need to realize that we homeschool… with three children.
- One wants to talk about everything he’s learning (at every moment)
- One wants to sing about everything he’s learning (at every moment)
- And the “quiet one” likes to play violin as often as possible.
And, as soon as Anna closes her bedroom door, it’s like they have an electronic signal that goes off and beckons them to find mom…
- Mom… did you know it’s time for a snack
- Mom… how do you play that 3rd position F# again?
- Mom… can you get the computer unlocked again?
I think she deserves some noise canceling headphones!! You?
This world is full of distractions… hundreds of voices coming at us all day long, and we have to wonder:
- Is there any voice we can rely on? Any one who can give us some answers?
- Is there anyone who can cut through the noise… and lead us?
Hebrews 1:3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power
The Reality of Revelry
Recommended Reading: Exodus 15:1–21; Psalm 18:1–50; Luke1:46–55; Acts 16:16–40
(HT – NIV Men’s Devotional)
“Music is an outburst of the soul.”
While this expression came from 19th-century English composer Frederick Delius, it could easily describe King David’s attitude toward worship.
The people around David probably grew accustomed to his musical outbursts. After all, it was King David—much to the chagrin of Saul’s daughter—who “[danced] before the LORD with all his might” (2 Samuel 6:14). Moreover, David wrote many of the psalms. We can imagine the shepherd-king in his bedchamber at night strumming his harp and composing another song to the Lord. Yet David was hardly a soloist in the family of God.
The whole Bible reverberates with the songs of people so enraptured by God’s work that their day-to-day lives gave way to melody. Moses and Miriam harmonized praise after God had led his people out of Egypt (see Exodus 15:1–21). Solomon crooned his way through Song of Songs, celebrating the marriage relationship between a husband and wife. Isaiah offered a prophetic song from the coming choir of the new Jerusalem (see Isaiah 26). Mary, when told that she would give birth to the Son of God, lifted a song to the child’s Father in heaven (see Luke 1:46–55). Paul and Silas shouted their praise, and God split the walls of their cellblock (see Acts 16:25–26). The Bible is full of the songs of God’s people.
What does this Biblical legacy of song say about us? We sing, as Moses, David and Mary sang, because God is worthy of song. When David opened his song (see 2 Samuel 22), the attributes of God came streaming out of the king’s mouth so quickly that he barely formed sentences—my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my shield, my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge.
Like David, may we be so overcome by the knowledge of God that our natural response is to burst forth in song. May we sing from a heart-knowledge of God—longing after him with our greatest affections and deepest desires.
To Take Away
- When in your life have you so keenly sensed God’s presence that you could have burst forth into song?
- How would you describe or rate your heart-knowledge of God?
- What steps can you take to deepen your delight in the character of God?
Leaders (and prospective leaders) will all come to the end of themselves and have to wonder what they can truly trust in. A.W. Tozer writes this:
And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” —Acts 16:30-31
Now, the matter of complete trust in the person of Christ.
No man has any hope for eternal salvation apart from trusting completely in Jesus Christ and His atonement for men. Simply stated, our Lord Jesus is the lifeboat and we must fully and truly be committed to trusting the lifeboat.
Again, our Lord and Savior is the rope by which it is possible to escape from the burning building. There is no doubt about it—either we trust that rope or we perish.
He is the wonder drug or medication that heals all ills and sicknesses—and if we refuse it, we die.
He is the bridge from hell to heaven—and we take the bridge and cross over by His grace or we stay in hell.
These are simple illustrations, but they get to the point of the necessity of complete trust in Jesus Christ—absolute trust in Him! Who Put Jesus on the Cross?, 52.
“Lord, help me to make this clear as I share the Gospel. So many seem to persist in wanting to trust Christ plus their own efforts. Thank You for this free gift of salvation. Amen.”
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