Today’s AMI QT Blog is written by Joanna Tzen of Grace Covenant Church.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
My husband and I purchased a home about six months ago and, as it is about a hundred years old, there are certain quirks about it. Doors don’t always line up and close, floors are not quite level, corners are not quite right angles. That being said, there is a certain craftsmanship to it that doesn’t exist in newly built homes. Even when we wanted to replace the floor, we were told that it would be extremely difficult to match as they don’t make flooring of that size anymore. The walls are made of plaster and lathe, not drywall—a labor-intensive method to build homes that is not employed anymore. All that is to say, the credit does not belong to the house itself, but to the craftsmanship of the builders and the methods they used.
The author of Hebrews reminds his audience to look to the builder and not to the house itself. He reminds them that God is the builder and author of all things. The house is no longer the tabernacle of worship, but it is the body of believers since Jesus said we will worship in spirit and truth (Jn. 4:23); and it is no longer about where we worship, but whom we worship.
The audience of Hebrews were Jewish Christians who were still incorporating aspects of their former worship and life that were incompatible with their new faith. They relied on physical vestiges in the tabernacle that were no longer necessary in worshiping of Jesus.
So, what are we hanging on to today that is hindering our worship of Jesus? Could it be a life of former things, accolades and achievements, or praise of others? Let’s lay these things before our God, the Builder and Author of all things.
Bible Reading for Today: Deuteronomy 24
LUNCH BREAK STUDY
Read Hebrews 4:9: There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
Questions to Consider
- How would you define Sabbath?
- What do you make of the phrase in v.11 to “make every effort to enter that rest”?
- What does this passage exhort us to do?
- There is a lot of confusion in our current culture about what a Sabbath is. Sabbath is defined here as a type of heavenly rest—ceasing from striving or earning of salvation. The Bible defines Sabbath as to be quiet, still, and to trust in God.
- It means to be diligent and to position yourself in the truth and impact of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
- This passage exhorts us to trust God as He invites us to rest in Him. He does not want us to place our worth in striving or earning, but to know that He is the builder and He is sufficient.
Lord, reveal to me where I have not trusted You and rested in You. Help me to see where I’ve been more focused on what’s being built than who the Builder is. When I see you, I see the smallness of myself and my contribution and am able to step back in wonder and awe of the One who makes everything possible. Lord, may you return a childlike heart of worship and humility to me today.