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Posts by Josh Moody

Hebrews 9:11-28: Once for All

Isaiah 42-43, Proverbs 26:1-16, Luke 23:26-31, Hebrews 9:11-28 Hebrews 9:11-28: Now in this section the author of Hebrews outlines, at some length, not only the differences between the old covenant and the new covenant, but the great superiority of the new. It is here that Christ – fulfilling all that was promised in the Old Testament – sacrifices…

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Hebrews 8:7-13: New Covenant

Isaiah 37-39, Proverbs 25:1-14, Luke 23:1-12, Hebrews 8:7-13 Hebrews 8:7-13: Now the author of Hebrews describes the new covenant that has come in the person of Christ, the new covenant that God has now established. This new covenant will: Give an increased desire to obey God’s law: I will put my laws in their minds and write them…

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Hebrews 8:1-6: Jesus Is Better in Every Way

Isaiah 34-36, Proverbs 24:23-34, Luke 22:63-71, Hebrews 8:1-6 Hebrews 8:1-6: Now the author of Hebrews is coming closer to establish the reason for this extended exhortation regarding Jesus being a priest in the line of Melchizedek. The point that he is proving is that following Jesus, and therefore remaining as a Christian and not going back to Judaism,…

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Hebrews 6:13-20: The Promise of God

Isaiah 27-28, Proverbs 23:1-18, Luke 22:39-46, Hebrews 6:13-20 Hebrews 6:13-20: How do you know that God will do what he has promised to do? We often think of God’s promises, in the plural, but there is an overarching promise, in the singular, that holds together all his promises and is the guarantee of them all. It is this…

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Hebrews 1:10-14: Better

Isaiah 3-5, Proverbs 19:1-14, Luke 20:41-47, Hebrews 1:10-14 Hebrews 1:10-14: Christ’s superiority is further described here as the author of Hebrews begins to lay out his case that Jesus is better than anything and anyone else. He first describes Christ’s superiority to creation in his role in creation, ruling and bringing to an end all of creation. He…

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Hebrews 1:1-9: God’s Last Word

Isaiah 1-2, Proverbs 18, Luke 20:27-40, Hebrews 1:1-9 Hebrews 1:1-9 The Book of Hebrews, anonymous in its manuscripts, comes to us as a great word that exalts Jesus above all other heavenly and earthly powers, and also calls us to stick with Jesus because he is therefore better than anything and anyone else. It is written as…

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1 Timothy 4: Heresy and Its Antidote

Ezra 8, Proverbs 6, Luke 14:25-35, 1 Timothy 4 1 Timothy 4: In this passage, Paul teaches Timothy – and us – what the nature of false teaching is and what is to be done about it. First, according to Paul, false teaching will occur in the last days. That is, in the time between Jesus’ first coming…

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1 Timothy 3:8-18: Deacons

Ezra 7, Proverbs 5, Luke 14:15-24, 1 Timothy 3:8-18 1 Timothy 3:8-18: Paul now describes the necessary qualifications for the role of deacons. Basically, they are similar to that which he described for an overseer with this important distinction: while an overseer must be able to teach, a deacon need only “keep hold of the deep truths of…

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1 Timothy 3:1-7: An Overseer

Ezra 6, Proverbs 4, Luke 14:1-14, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 1 Timothy 3:1-7: The Bible reading program that we follow in our devotionals suggests that this reading goes to verse 10 (and then the next from verses 11 to 18). But the more natural way to divide this chapter is at verse 7 – see the “similarly” at verse…

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1 Timothy 2: Christ Centered Worship

Ezra 4-5, Proverbs 3, Luke 13:22-35, 1 Timothy 2 1 Timothy 2: This chapter begins a section of Paul advising Timothy how he is to conduct worship in (as he calls it at the end of the section) “God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” To put it…

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