Summary: We need discernment so that we can know when to let go of things of the past to enthusiastically seek the blessings God has in store for us in the present. Because of their clinging to the Temple the Chosen People of God missed out on the promised Messia
¡§Out With The Old -- In With The New¡¨
When we are confronted with all of the problems of the present, we are often tempted to reminisce about the days of old and how wonderful things were back then. If we experienced the ¡§good old days,¡¨ then the tendency to cling to the past and refuse to accept the new is sometimes overwhelming. I don¡¦t want anyone to misunderstand me and be led to believe that I approve of some of the trends going on in our society. I am concerned with the waywardness of our society, but I am just not convinced that the good old days were all that good in some ways. Clinging to the past can cause us to miss out on the good that God has planned for us. Let me give you a couple of examples of what I am talking about.
Were the good old days really all that good when it comes to the topic of transportation? I love horses. They are beautiful animals. Majestic and strong in their appearance. They are swift of foot and powerful of frame. With all of that said I would still rather get in my truck and drive to where I am going rather than saddle my horse.
How about when we come to the topic of cooking? Don¡¦t you just yearn for the days of chopping wood and having your whole house feel like a furnace? I know that there is a certain nostalgia attached to an iron pot hanging over a wood burning stove, but I will take a self-cleaning oven and a microwave any day.
I know many of you who are my age or older have been sitting in the August heat and yearning for the days of the water cooler to come back and visit us once again, but I have to be honest with you and say that I really like the air conditioner that Connie and I have now. Although, I do have to admit that I miss the constant roar of our old water cooler that filled our living room when I was young.
Let me just share one more modern convenience that makes me thankful that the old is gone and the new has come. I¡¦ve seen movies of the old days when the men went out to kill animals so that they could get hides for their family¡¦s clothes while the women spun yarn and sewed cloth into the night to help their kids acquire the latest fashions. There is something really appealing to me about Wal Mart right about now. I like being able to run in a store and pick up a shirt or a pair of jeans on my way home from work and the having the rest of the evening to hang out with my family.
We may want to cling to some things of long ago because they are beneficial for our lives and the betterment of our society. Things like the values of hard work, honesty, and chastity that we¡¦ve heard about from our grandparents, Sunday drives taken by families who were not hurrying to make it to the next soccer game or football meeting, evening meals shared together by everyone in the family, and the modesty of days gone by when Rob and Laura¡¦s sex life was not on display for all of the TV viewing audience to see.
There is something in each of us that wants to recapture these important aspects of the past, but the important question is, ¡§How do we know when to let go of the past so that we can enthusiastically look forward to what is to come?¡¨ That is a great question and not knowing the answer, not having the discernment to know when to let go, cost God¡¦s chosen people dearly as we will see in our study for today. Take a look with me at Hebrews 8:1-13 and we will begin our study for today.