April 28th, 2007
We’ve been going through some dry times in Melbourne, Australia. It’s been ten years since our reservoirs have been full, we’ve recently hit the lowest water storage levels that we’ve ever had with our current system, and drought has been with us for so long that we have almost forgotten what it is to have steady soaking rains. Many people are hoping and praying for good, steady, soaking rains to come to this thirsty land as soon as possible. We have been so focussed on the need for rain for so long that it seems as if the downpour of plentiful rain would be the answer to all of our problems…
The Letter to the Hebrews — Chapter 6
6:1 Let us leave the basic teachings about Christ, and move on to maturity. We should not have to re-lay the foundations: repentance from dead actions, faith in God, 6:2 teaching about baptism, laying-on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 6:3 We will do this, if God permits. 6:4 It is impossible for people who were once enlightened and tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 6:5 and tasted the goodness of the word of God, and the powers of the future times, 6:6 and then fell away — it is impossible to restore them to repentance, because they crucify the Son of God for themselves again, and publicly embarrass him. 6:7 Land which drinks up the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to the people for whom it is being cultivated, receives a blessing from God, 6:8 but if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and nearly cursed, and in the end will be burned.
6:9 Dear friends, even though we speak like this we are convinced that better things are in store for you, things that come with salvation. 6:10 God is not unfair, and he has not forgotten your work and the love which you have showed towards him by serving the believers, and continuing to do so. 6:11 We want each of you to keep showing the same enthusiasm until in the end you see your hope fulfilled, 6:12 not becoming lazy, but following the example of those people who inherited the promises through faith and patience. 6:13 When God made a promise to Abraham, he swore by himself because he could not swear by anyone greater, 6:14 saying, “I will certainly bless you, and multiply your descendants.” 6:15 He received the promise after patiently waiting. 6:16 People swear by a higher power, and the oath puts an end to any argument. 6:17 In the same way God, when he wanted to demonstrate more obviously to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable nature of his decision, guaranteed it with an oath, 6:18 two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie. We, who have run for cover to seize the hope offered to us, can be strongly encouraged by this. 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, safe and secure, that enters the holy place behind the veil, 6:20 where Jesus went ahead of us, becoming a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
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