BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
Why stick with Jesus? Because he alone is able to save. That's the sense here. A reason angels can't save is that they are not human. But Jesus was made human, and so a little lower than angels, so that he could be our representative - tasting death on our behalf in order for us to be glorified and one day reign over all things with him. What a future! The writer therefore affirms Jesus is of the same human family, suffering and being tempted as we are. This means that his death counts for us, and he can be a "merciful and faithful high priest" in offering his body in atonement for our sin. All this makes him as much greater than Moses as a builder is to the house they build, for it is through him that God's people (house) are formed. The point is that Jesus is no mere man, for "God is the builder of everything" (3v4). This means Jesus rightly rules over the people of God and we must "fix our thoughts" on him, and "hold firmly to our confidence and hope." Let nothing drag you away. As you read note what we are learning of Jesus.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.