Hebrews 6:19 (Hebrews 6:13, 16-20)
When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself.
Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 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. God did this so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us might be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
God promised Abraham he would be the father of many nations. How many is many? Israel, Edom, the nations of the Ishmaelites? How about Germany, Russia, Turkey, Italy, England, the USA? Every country that at one time adopted Christianity became the children of Abraham. Nations come and go; Yugoslavia, Moravia, Bohemia, and on and on, but God’s promise continues.
What does that mean to me? The Father’s promises out last everything!
We “flee” to take hold of the promise. What do we flee? Destruction, chaos, the evil that is this world.
Where do we flee to? The inner sanctuary, where, because Jesus entered first as our great high priest in the order of Melchizedek, we may now freely enter.
And here’s the twist... the inner sanctuary was the one place that assured us of our destruction. But because of Jesus it’s the only place that assures us of eternal life!
The curtain is the door to the throne room of the Father. Jesus, because He is the great high priest, is the only one who can hold that curtain back so that we may enter.
Abraham, who didn’t even have the Mosaic Law, died in peace because he saw the beginning of the fulfillment of the promise. He knew Messiah would come even before there was a Moses. But only in his dreams could he have envisioned what that promise would mean for the entire world, the entire planet and to me...little insignificant me!
Because Abraham listened and trusted God, I am significant.
I can’t wait to meet him!