The old in a new package
Today I have been asked to share about the letter to the Hebrews. Some theologians may debate on the letter been written by Paul, some by Barnabas and some by some other person. What we need to know most important that been a part of the Word of God what is the message for us.
In a nut shell the letter was targeted to a group of Jewish Christians who were contemplating to turn back to their old religion.
Today's message is not to us because any of us would be contemplating to turn back to Judaism. But we need to understand that certain elements have since past being tricking us into turning to ways of unbelief and pagan practice.
It is a much known fact that the early Christian Church (not working under the Power of God) used earthly wisdom to bring people into Christianity. To bring most of the Roman people under the Church they included the pagan practices by packaging them with Christian gift warping papers.
For instance the celebration of Valentine's Day on Feb 14 is a repackaged pagan festival of the Romans named as Lupercalia. This festival started from the evening of Feb 14 and included many of the practices which are done on Valentine's Day. The practices of the pagan Roman's Lupercalia was gift warped in the name of St. Valentine.
We discern things of the world and teach our children what to eat and what not to eat. But do not discern the spiritual things which we are blindly eating since long?
This is all because we fear man more than we fear God.
I too was ignorant of this festival until today, but since I came to knowing the Word I did not much celebrate this festival. Just today someone bought this fact to light for me, and I was led to share it with you.
Let the Light of God lead you.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we thank You for your Spirit of Truth. You knew very when the games which the evil one will play and therefore the first thing You bless us with is the your Spirit of Truth. O Holy Spirit expose the hidden and dark things and bring them to light so that we are healed and strengthened in You...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 Corinthians 4:4-5
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
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