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Anchored! (17 of 48)
These verses complete another one of these warning exhortation passages in the book of Hebrews. As I have pointed out to you, there are five of these that are scattered all through these particular chapters. These passages have elements of warning in them. But they also are words of exhortation or encouragement. In fact, in the last chapter of the book of Hebrews the 22nd verse he refers to his writing here as a word of encouragement. When you look at this particular passage you will notice in verse 18 he says, ''We might have strong consolation.'' The word, consolation, there is the word, encouragement. So he concludes this passage, which has a strong warning in it, as we have seen, by giving us a tremendously encouraging passage.
One of the things that will help you see how these are put together is to go back to the 5th chapter, 10th verse. Notice the subject he was introducing there. It says that the Lord Jesus was ''called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.'' He introduces this strange igmatic character from Old Testament Scripture. It's like dropping a bomb on his Hebrew, Christian readers. Ours of the clear blue he is talking about Melchisedec. But at that point, in verse 11, he says, ''I have a lot I want to say about that, but you are not ready to hear it. You are not growing enough in the Lord.'' So, he goes into this 3rd warning passage, beginning in verse 11 and all the way in chapter 6 to verse 20.
Look what he does at the end of verse 20. he says, ''even Jesus, made an high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.'' He's right back on subject, right back on track. Then in the 7th chapter he says, ''For this Melchisedec, king of Salem.'' In the 7th chapter you have a full-blown discussion and explanation of who this Melchisedec, the mysterious high priest is.
Sometimes you might take these warning passages and block them off and read the book of ...
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