Summary: A sermon on Hebrews 10:1-18 based on God's will
One time a woman asked the preacher, “What should I do, Preacher? I want to follow and serve Jesus. I want to do his work totally and completely.” The preacher said, “Great, you could be a part our weekly ladies Bible study group and later you could perhaps lead it.” The woman replied, “Be a part of the ladies Bible study group! But preacher, I really cannot get along with some of the people in that group. And I think some talk too much.” The preacher then said, “Okay, maybe you can just teach the children in the preschool Sunday School class twice a month, or maybe you can teach in our week long Vacation Bible School this summer.” “That may be a bit better.” the woman replied, “But I would rather do something else. You know, Preacher, that I have little patience with noisy children that keep on running around.” “Well then you can be a part our monthly visit to the depressed areas of the city to distribute food items to the poor, and assist in cleaning up their neighborhood,” suggested the preacher. The woman responded, “Oh Preacher, I love the poor. The only problem is that I am sensitive to odors, flies and mosquitoes. Isn’t there something else I can do?”
As I look at this passage of Scripture from Hebrews 10, one thing stood out above all others and this is God’s will. It is mentioned in vs. 7, 9 and 10.
We wonder about God's will. Mostly, we wonder what it is. We ask ourselves and others, countless times in life, questions such as, "What is God's will in this situation?" It's a good question to ask. The question implies a readiness to do God's will. But perhaps we're too eager to ask the question, presupposing our readiness. When we ask for God's will, do we really want to do it?
Thesis: Three questions this morning: 1) What was God’s will for Jesus? 2) What is God’s general will for us? 3) What is God’s specific will for us?
What was God’s will for Jesus?
When we talk about God’s will we are talking about God’s plans, God’s purposes, God’s desires. We are talking about what God wants. God, as a good parent, wants the best for his children. He has things in mind for us. We can refuse God’s will for us, much like a child can refuse his parent’s will for him or her.
For years many animals had been sacrificed. It explains in this chapter that the Law required these sacrifices to be made as a reminder of sins. These sacrifices did not take away sins.
Now, when we talk about God’s will for Jesus while he was on this earth, God the Father’s will for His only begotten Son is different than his will for us while we are on this earth. John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.