April 27th, 2007
I can remember quite vividly one of the first tennis tournaments I ever played in. This was a real tournament, for which I had to persuade my mum to part with real money to pay the entry fee. I entered the doubles with my friend Andrew, who wasn’t quite as good as me. I hadn’t played against many other people, so I mistakenly assumed on the basis of a very small sample size that I was a pretty good player. I knew that things weren’t looking too good when I saw how tall our opponents were as we walked out to the court. We were struggling to see over the net, whereas they seemed to tower over it…
The Letter to the Hebrews — Chapter 5
5:1 Every high priest selected from amongst humans is appointed to represent people in their dealings with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 5:2 The high priest can empathise with people who are ignorant and misguided, because he himself suffers weaknesses. 5:3 Because of this, he must offer sacrifices for sins for himself, as well as for the people. 5:4 Nobody takes this honour on himself. He must be called by God, just as Aaron was. 5:5 Similarly, Christ did not glorify himself to be made a high priest. It was God who said to him, “You are my Son. Today I have become your father.” 5:6 In another place he says, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
5:7 When Jesus was living on the earth, he prayed and pleaded with weeping and tears to God who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his godliness. 5:8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through the things which he suffered. 5:9 He was made perfect, and became the source of eternal salvation to everyone who obeys him, 5:10 and was designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. 5:11 We could say a lot more about him, but it is hard to explain, and you are slow to understand. 5:12 Although you should be teachers by now, you need to have someone re-teach you the basic first principles of what God has said. You need milk instead of solid food. 5:13 People who live on milk are still babies, inexperienced in the message of righteousness. 5:14 Solid food is for people who are mature, who have learnt by practice to distinguish good from evil.
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