3.19.2008

A worthy title

My first post!  Wow!  

I guess I'll start by explaining my blog title.  Last year I taught a life changing class on the book of Hebrews.  I was absolutely fascinated by its depth and intensity.  As I went through and tried to piece it together, it felt like a game of jeopardy - so many answers to questions I'd never thought to ask!  The challenge of the book ignited in me a new, fresh love for scripture and what it could say to me.  I hate to say it, but the Bible had become boring to me.  A symptom of my stagnant relationship with Christ to be sure.

Since God had appointed me to teach this class, I knew that He was assigning me personally to dig in deeper than I would have under any other circumstances.  The work load almost put me under.  Gradually I fell in love - in my case, head over heart in love.  

Hebrews 6:19,20a says "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us ..."  Amazing.  My hope, my salvation, is anchored in the throne room.  To me, this is absolute freedom.  I can step out in faith an know without a doubt that my anchor with hold fast.  I can ask questions, wonder, hope, be confused, not understand, ask, ask, ask, and my anchor will hold fast.  

And so it has become a verse I cling to when I get tossed by the waves of this world or my own fears.  

2 comments:

R. D. Bailey said...

Oh, the letter to the Hebrews! Glad to hear how God has used it to draw you to Him. It has a special place for me as well. The first time I had to be evaluated on my preaching (in front of 15 old, experienced pastors) I was assigned to preach from Heb. Intimidating. God was gracious. I did not throw up on anyone, nor was I kicked out of the church. Toughest interview I ever did. If you ever need help fining any resources, let me know. I can get you just about anything when it comes to secondary literature related to Scripture. I have access to some very thorough theological libraries. If you read Greek, I even have copies of some of the papyri from Qumran. We miss you guys.

Ye said...

Thanks for your post, Yach. Hebrews is packed full, isn't it? Hebrews 5:2 is a verse I look to to be encouraged to be gentle and patient in training my children. It says, "He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness." I need to always be gentle with my little ones in need of Christ as well. Love ya, cuz!