Hebrews 6:13-20 The Anchor of Our Souls

Hebrews 6:13-20  When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Ebrei 6:13-20 «Perciò prendete la completa armatura di Dio, affinché possiate resistere nel giorno malvagio e restare in piedi dopo aver compiuto tutto il vostro dovere. 14 State dunque saldi: prendete la verità per cintura dei vostri fianchi; rivestitevi della corazza della giustizia; 15 mettete come calzature ai vostri piedi lo zelo dato dal vangelo della pace; 16 prendete oltre a tutto ciò lo scudo della fede, con il quale potrete spegnere tutti i dardi infuocati del maligno. 17 Prendete anche l’elmo della salvezza e la spada dello Spirito, che è la parola di Dio;18 pregate in ogni tempo, per mezzo dello Spirito, con ogni preghiera e supplica; vegliate a questo scopo con ogni perseveranza. Pregate per tutti i santi, 19 e anche per me, affinché mi sia dato di parlare apertamente per far conoscere con franchezza il mistero del vangelo, 20 per il quale sono ambasciatore in catene, perché lo annunci francamente, come conviene che ne parli.”
      In this section of Hebrews, God makes a promise to Abraham to bless and multiply his descendants. God did not do this by His word, His hand, a sign or a seal, but by His oath. In human affairs, an oath puts an end to all arguments and questions. How much more when God makes an oath to Himself! After the offering of Isaac, Genesis 22:18 says, “and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
      This obedience did not come easily. The promise came through many tests culminating with the binding of Isaac for a sacrifice. “Waiting patiently” comes from the idea of keeping your feelings intact without reacting unwisely. Although this is said of Abraham, we must remember that Abraham had to learn what this meant over time. He tried on a few occasions to circumvent the idea of “waiting patiently” and it caused him great problems.
      In the concluding part of this chapter, the thought shifts from God and Abraham to us. Verse 19 says “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” We need an anchor to keep us grounded and steady or we would surely drift aimlessly. Our hope in Jesus is our anchor and though the pressures of life tempt us to avoid waiting patiently, our anchor keeps us from losing hope!
Pray with me: Lord, even through his time of learning how to “wait patiently”, Abraham never lost hope. Help me as I learn more of Your promises in the Gospel, to fix my anchor in Jesus and hold on to hope.

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