Summary: Consider One Another – Hebrews chapter 10 verses 19-25 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com
(1). What do we have? (vs 19-21):
• We have a bold confidence. (vs 19-20).
• We have a great priest (vs 21).
(2) What must we do? (vs 22-25a)
• We should draw near (vs 22-23).
• We should speak out (vs 23).
• We should stir up (vs 24-25).
Reading: Hebrews chapter 10 verses 19-25
• An anthropologist was working among the Xhosa (pronounce ‘forsa’) people in South Africa,
• He got together a group of kids and tried a little experiment.
• He put a basket full of fruit near a tree;
• And told the kids that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits.
• The kids lined up and waited for the man to shout ‘go’.
• When he gave them the command to ‘go’,
• He was surprised to see that they all took each-others hands and ran together,
• They arrived at the tree together and they then then sat together enjoying their treats.
• When the anthropologist asked them why they had run in that manner;
• When one child could have had all the fruits for himself;
• All the children cried out one word; ''UBUNTU,
• 'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa (pronounce ‘forsa’) culture means: "I am because we are"
• Paraphrased we would say;
• “How can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?''
• TRANSITION: These verses in Hebrews chapter 10;
• Are a reminder that as the Church of Jesus Christ,
• 'UBUNTU': "I am because we are"
• A good reminder that we need one another!
• As Christians, we all have something great.
• In these verses, the apostle Paul tells us two things we have;
• And because of these two things that we have,
• We should therefore respond in three specific ways.
(1). What do we have? (vs 19-21):
(1a) We have a bold confidence. (vs 19-20).
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body”
• Edna Butterfield
• Tells the story of how her husband, Ron,
• Once taught a class of mentally impaired teenagers.
• Looking at his students’ capabilities rather than their limitations,
• Ron got them to play chess, restore furniture and repair electrical appliances.
• Most important, he taught them to believe in themselves.
• Young Bobby soon proved how well he had learned that last lesson.
• One day he brought in a broken toaster to repair.
• He carried the toaster tucked under one arm, and a half-loaf of bread under the other!
• TRANSITION: Now that is confidence;
• That is what the writer to these Hebrew Christians is exalting.
• The word here USED for ‘confidence’ can also mean ‘boldness or frankness’.
• A good understanding in this context would be that we have a bold confidence.
Question: Why do we need a bold confidence?
Answer: Because we are entering into the holiest place.
• The operating room of a hospital is a foreboding place-almost sacred.
• The air is filtered, pure and clean.
• The walls and floors are immaculately scrubbed.
• The instruments are sterilized.
• A sign hangs over the entrance-Unauthorized Persons: Keep Out.
• The only people allowed in the operating room;
• Are trained physicians and select hospital personnel.
• But they, too, must be scrubbed and sterilized,
• Wearing disposable hospital greens with protective masks and foot coverings.
• In order for the operating room to fulfil the function for which it was made,
• It must be free from contamination.
• Even the smallest of germs can infiltrate and infect the very person who's there for help.
• The operating room is a special place,
• Set apart for private usage for the most delicate of duties;
• The saving of human life.
TRANSITION: The Holy of Holies was a similar type of place.
• The Holy of Holies is a term in the Old Testament;
• Which refers to the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle;
• And then later the Temple in Jerusalem.
• You could say it was the cleanest, most sacred place on earth.
• It was off-limits to everyone except the high priest,
• And even he could enter only once a year, on the Day of Atonement.
So what the writer says in verse 19 would have sounded strange to his Hebrew readers.
• He tells them to enter into what has always been a ‘no go area’;
• To “to enter the Most Holy Place” and to enter with “confidence”.
• He then tells them the reason they can enter this area;