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Summary: 3 of 3. Hebrews divulges the sweeping excellence of Jesus’ ministry(High Priesthood) as confirmed thru the New Covenant. How is the excellence of such confirmed? Confirming the sweeping excellence of Jesus’ priesthood is...

HIS SWEEPING EXCELLENCE-III—Hebrews 8:1-13

Need:

If God is Almighty as you say, then how can I possibly relate to Him?

If I have changed my opinion(repented) toward this God, how can I relate that to Him?

How can I plead my case or be represented properly before His absolute perfection?

The writer to the Hebrews took a specific Old Testament prophecy & confirmed it as being fulfilled in Christ.

Hebrews divulges the sweeping excellence of Jesus’ ministry(High Priesthood) as confirmed thru the New Covenant.

The sweeping excellence of Jesus’ High Priesthood is confirmed thru the New Covenant.

What confirms the sweeping excellence of Jesus’ Priesthood?

Last time we looked in Hebrews, we found

3 confirmations of the sweeping excellence of Jesus’ priesthood were...

1. His SEATING(:1-2)

2. His OFFERING(:3-5)

3. His COVENANT(:6-7)

4—Confirming the sweeping excellence of Jesus’ priesthood is...

His FULFILLMENT(of the New Covenant)(:8-13)

A. FUTURE(:8)

B. Past FAILURE(:9)

C. PLACEMENT(:10)WITHIN(Knowing Intimately) vs. WITHOUT(Knowing About)

(CONT...)4—Confirming the sweeping excellence of Jesus’ priesthood is...

His FULFILLMENT(of the New Covenant)(:8-13)

D. HEAD(Rote) vs. HEART Knowledge(Experience)(:11)

:11—“None of them shall teach his neighbor, & none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.”

These new covenant keepers will exist in such a state of familiarity with God that there will no longer be a need to “teach” one’s neighbor & brother to “‘Know the LORD’”. The need to encourage others to know the Lord will be a useless effort because “all shall know” God as keepers of the new covenant. Regardless of an unqualified “least”ness or “great’ness & all the relative judgments determining such designations, they will “all” know God.

“Teach”—didaskw—1) To teach—1a) To hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses, 1b) To be a teacher, 1c) To discharge the office of a teacher, conduct one’s self as a teacher; 2) To teach one—2a) To impart instruction, 2b) Instill doctrine into one, 2c) the thing taught or enjoined, 2d) To explain or expound a thing, 2e) To teach one something.

“Neighbor”—plhsion—neuter of a derivative of pelav(near); (adverbially) Close by; as noun, A neighbor, i.e. Fellow (as man, countryman, Christian or friend):-- Near, neighbor.

“Know”—ginwskw—1) To learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel—1a) To become known; 2) To know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of—2a) To understand, 2b) To know; 3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man & a woman; 4) To become acquainted with, to know. A knowledge grounded on personal experience.

“Know”—eidw—1) To see—1a) To perceive with the eyes, 1b) To perceive by any of the senses, 1c) To perceive, notice, discern, discover, 1d) To see, 1e) To experience any state or condition, 1f) To see i.e. have an interview with, to visit; 2) To know—2a) To know of anything, 2b) To know, i.e. get knowledge of, understand, perceive—2b1) of any fact, 2b2) the force & meaning of something which has definite meaning, 2b3) To know how, to be skilled in, 2c) To have regard for one, cherish, pay attention to (1Th 5:12). To see with the mind’s eye, signifies a clear & purely mental perception. Strong— properly, To see (literally or figuratively); by implication (in the perf. only) To know:

“Least”—mikrov—Strong—Small (in size, quantity, number or (figuratively) dignity):-- Least, less, little, small.

“Greatest”—megav—Big (literally or figuratively, in a very wide application):-- (+ fear) Exceedingly, great(-est), high, large, loud, mighty, + (be) sore (afraid), strong, X to years.

Argumentation:

Necessity vs. Love/Passion

1Sam. 15:3, 7-9, 22-23—“‘Now go & attack Amalek, & utterly destroy all that they have, & do not spare them. But kill both man & woman, infant & nursing child, ox & sheep, camel & donkey.’””.....“And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, & utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul & the people spared Agag & the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, & all that was good, & were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised & worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”.....“Then Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings & sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity & idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.””

Rev. 21:7-8—““He who overcomes shall inherit all things, & I will be his God & he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, & all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire & brimstone, which is the second death.””

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