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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For March 20, 2020
Christ Our Mediator

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Hebrews 8:1-13 KJV
1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

I began last night thinking on what I was going to type the next day, and my greatest concern about my new Bible tools I could not use them to work offline beyond posting scripture. I began to think on those old days of what did I do before the vast array of Bible tools. Then it is like God said you relied sololy on me. In the days of the Old West, Bible was carried far and wide across our nation. No minister could carry a library of books with him, nor even hope to have them necessarily shipped to him. The solo book carried and taught was Bible, with no other helps around, and rope memory was only thing available to the man blind to religious faith. The Bible containing within the laws of Old Testament that help shape our land to form rules to live by, but not always understood by heathens was one way in which to come to God. Jesus is High Priest, but only in the since of a Mediator. Jesus taught the law and the law of faith. Becoming a mediator to those in his presence at the time of his life on earth. Before Christ the law of God was practiced by Jews despite the nation in which they lived in. Daniel is a good example of obedience of God over the law of the land. Now the law of God was foretold to Abraham, when God spoke not only of the journey of Israel to Abraham when he would bring his people back to the promise land that it would happen. A promise foretold that Abraham himself would never see, but his children would. The promise given to give those of faith hope.

Abraham had no religious law but the law of Priest Melchidek. When God spoke to Abraham he declare righteousness came by faith. It was absents of the law of Moses. What do I mean a law of Priest Melchidek, for not much is known about him. Faith had to be taught and perhaps Melchidek taught faith despite the absence of law, it being law of faith. The importance of belief. Abraham understood he was to believe God and to follow God. A priest is a type of mediator to God, He prays and intercedes on another persons behalf to God. There only one mediator that is Christ Jesus. We can petition God concerning the lives of others, but we ourselves can only intercede in their behalf as far as bowing before God and his throne in prayer. The Intercessory prayer has to be according to God's will for another person's life and according to God's rules. The mediator between the Priesthood of man was the word of God. And so being Christ being the word of God was also the mediator. The New covenant makes Christ the mediator for you and me, but he also makes Christ the mediator by faith alone without the submission to the laws of God being first.

What faith shows is law that is design to teach about the ways of God is second to God. Faith being more important. Yet without obedience to God, one is no more then a devil. To obey God one must first come with knowledge of sin or knowledge of his direction in the way in which to go. If one stands on a trail and it forks, one must decide left or right. Now if I take the road of faith, then God's Spirit is going to guide me. If I take the road of law is going to be my task master. Though the road of law might bring me to God, it going to bring me to knowledge that faith in God is above the law of man. The law of man does not always save someone. No one obeys the law completely and there always ammendments to the law of man. God law is a law of faith with no amendments. Law of man was the shadow of things yet to come. If we understand that time period of no law, law, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we can understand Abraham obeyed the Spirit of God when he journey to the promise land. We can understand that Hebrew people traveled to the promise land by holding to the promise of God to Abraham and with fear of God with the presence of the Spirit of God and then the law of God given to man and then eventually a time of faith. The law was taken to the promise land. The law that was treated like the law of God in the since of judgment. To break the law was to be judged by it if caught, even unto death, or bodily decapitation in some cases. It matters not what man law you are under if the law of God can still be applied first, which is faith in Christ Jesus the word of God and is God.

What do we see the law being a form of mediator to God and God never wanted this separation between him and man, but wanted the law to be an uniter to help understand the truth of what he spoke to our hearts about faith, belief and obeying His Spirit. God takes away the law when Christ came only to restablish the law by His Spirit. In other words the story comes full circle back to God's orignal desire of his law being understood and obedience to him come by his communication with man in direction he should go for his own protection. We need God because with the Holy Spirit to be intercessor through prayer, through his direction, we fail to know how to honor God with faith. Belief in Jesus is the first command of the New covenant, the second is obedience to the Holy Spirit. To have faith in the law and the word of God and/or then God.

That last sentence sounds contradictory. How does one see God's justification for faith in the law first then God. Gentile nation knew not God, and without faith in God they knew not about God's ways. The law of God would teach about God's ways and draw them to God and coverting them in faith. Hope established for the unbeliever to believe. The law of faith still always trumping the laws of God. Jews had the promise of righteousness through faith in God because they knew God from being Jewish as far as being taught about God all their life in the Jewish community. King Babylon and Persia learn about the law of God when he formed a law against God. There were laws that were right in alliance with God and others against God that was created. It was the law that went against God called the power of God's wrath to come down on the enemy and not the king who only made the law by suggestion of his subjects that acted like devils.

When man's law transgresses God's law then the devil is tempting man to sin against God. Does the sin of Homosexually cause temptation to those that are not Homosexuals. In Romans God turns man over to the sin against each other, and even idols. Yet as child of God in Ephesians and Galatians we find the protection, of God by the seal of Holy Spirit and mediator which is Christ, but we must be willing to obey. Leaving sin behind to put on the new man Christ Jesus to walk by faith and not by sight. We can see the law, but we can not see faith. Faith is something practice and hidden at times. Hidden not by a bush, but hidden by God so that our appearance is obedience to the law of man. For man might judge righteousness based on another man's performance and not only faith for they can not see man speak to God in the inward heart. Man judges action of others not always meaning to be judgmental but decision of right and wrong, healthy or unhealthy for others. The law of man should never make a decision on man's faith though faith in Christ is the way, the truth and the life for those that have faith in Christ. By allowing man to make decisions he learns quickly what is truth when truth is desired.

Now the point being there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles in faith, we either all come by the law/word to faith in Christ Jesus to God or we have faith and learn the word and desire of God. The New Covenant applying faith first then obedience to God's direction. When those devils are sinning and it not effecting you do not worry about but pray about it that God's power will reign and will be shown to the heathens of our world, and enable the believer to be remind of the hope they already have through Christ Jesus. The word being High Priest, the word being Mediator, the word being Christ, the word being God's word and is God. God being higher in power then his own word and yet all authority is given to Christ Jesus making faith in God so important.

Dear Heavenly Father continue to teach us the circle of faith and that there is no difference between believers and unbelievers when it comes to the need of Mediator for belief in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Galatians 3:1-29 KJV
1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.


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