Submitted Date 06/05/2019

Let me first echo Holy Writ in proclaiming, "There is no God like unto our God!"

Someone taught me long ago that any time you see, "therefore," in scripture (or any text, for that matter), you should find out what it is there for. In good writing that term always references something elsewhere in the context, usually preceding its use. So, to what does this instance refer?

It's pretty clear, in this case. In many of Paul's writings, you have to wind through a convoluted sentence to unwind to what he was referring. The author of the letter to the Hebrews is more direct here, referring to the immediate two prior sentences (verses, in our modern readings of the Bible).

In verse 14, Jesus is referred to as our, "great High Priest, who has passed through the heavens." To a Jewish reader, this would clearly allude to the role of the earthly High Priest, who was the only one who could once a year pass into the Holy of Holies, past the outer and inner veils, into the Presence of the Lord God Almighty, making sacrificial offering on behalf of the nation of Israel. Jesus, having ascended into the heavens, is understood to stand in the Presence of the Father, interceding for us in the same manner that the High Priest of Israel would intercede for his people. This Jesus does in His role as the Son of God.

Next, verse 15 highlights Jesus' role as the Son of Man. Though He could never have experienced each individual temptation that we might ever suffer, He can, "sympathize with our weaknesses," having been, "in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." His pre-ministry temptation in the wilderness tested His resolve and commitment in the three major areas - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life - and He used God's Word to withstand the tempting in all three areas. Then, the rest of His earthly life, more subtle temptations assaulted Him, including the temptation to despair in His last hours. " 'Let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as You will.' " (Matthew 26:39) That Garden of Gethsemane moment was one of the most poignant examples of, "in all points."

For these reasons (therefore), we may boldly approach the throne of grace. What might we expect? We will obtain mercy - forbearance of punishment due to our misdeeds. And we will find grace - blessing beyond anything we have earned, unmerited favor.

I say again, there is no God like unto our God! O, what a Savior!

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  • David Ross Washington Jr 1 week, 6 days ago

    " 'Let this cup pass from me; nertheless not as I will, but as You will.' "
    It is said that this scripture comes from Jesus trying to salvage humanity/mankind. Jesus was said to be, "fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God." With that being said, he also wasn't excited about taking on the pain and sorrow he faced and was going to face, as God wanted to pierce him for our transgressions. It seemed like a battle. Jesus was committed to God, body, mind and soul, but at the same time due to him being human in every way, he also dreaded being crushed in a way that wasn't just physical, but spiritually and emotionally. It was like a battle between the duality of being human, but also of great power, as the Holy Savior; a battle of commitment to God, and the innate emotional and systems of being human. According to my research. But, I'm not sure.

    • David Pyle 2 days, 12 hours ago

      I'm glad you spiked this. I didn't notice the typo in the quotation. That said, nice summation.

  • David Ross Washington Jr 1 week, 6 days ago

    there is no God like unto our God!
    At first it seems simple, but then confuse, but it really is simple. The praise onto the appreciation of such a great God unlike no other.

    • David Pyle 2 days, 12 hours ago

      Moses to Pharaoh - "And he said, 'Let it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God.'"

  • Kiersten Felch 1 week, 4 days ago

    I like how this explains everything easily. Some interpretations feel a little stagnant, but not this.

    • David Pyle 2 days, 12 hours ago

      Thanks. Glad I could help.