Today’s Bible Reading: Hebrews 7
Many years ago, I went with a group of ladies to a “Women of Faith” conference. Babbie Mason performed a beautiful song: “Standing in the Gap for You.” The song is about a friend interceding for another friend. This song reminds me how Jesus stands in the gap for us. Here are some verses from the song:
I heard that you were hurting
That you were suffering pain
But I didn’t dare turn my head
And look the other way
For when your heart is aching
My heart is aching too
Let me help you bear your burden
That’s the least I can do
I’ll be standing in the gap for you
Just remember someone, somewhere is
Praying for you
Calling out your name
Praying for your strength
I’ll be standing in the gap for you
Right now you may be troubled
But everything will work out fine
For the Spirit knows before you speak
What is on your heart and mind
So I’ll be interceding
In Hebrews 7, we read that the Old Testament priest stood in the gap between the Israelites and God. The Levitical priests served God and helped the people grow closer to him. The priest interceded for the people. Intercede can be defined in this context as “to pray to God for someone, petition for, or intervene on behalf of another.” The main role of the high priest was to offer sacrifices for his own personal sins and the sins of the people. The problem was that these sacrifices were only temporary. The nation of Israel would have to offer sacrifices again and again for the continued sins of all the people. The priests, being no less human, were of course also prone to the same sins such as pride, selfishness, anger, and disobedience. Because they were merely men, they eventually died, and the next priest continued the sacrifices.
24 But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. 25 Therefore he is able, once and forever to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. 26 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest honor in heaven. 27 Unlike those other high priest he doesn not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as a sacrifice for the people’s sins.
Praise God, Jesus is the ultimate High Priest! The final High Priest! One of the things I love most about Jesus is that he really understands us and he knows what we go through in our flesh. He was God, but he came down to the world as a human being. He faced many of the same challenges we do, yet he didn’t sin. He experienced how hard life can be. He sacrificed his life for us. He understands us more than we understand ourselves. He intercedes on our behalf to God at all times! I stress again, at all times.
It doesn’t matter if I am praising him, if I am worrying, if I am obeying or disobeying him—Jesus is standing in the gap for us. As Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (NIV, emphasis mine).
Do you believe that Jesus is standing in the gap for you? If not, why?
If you do, how does it make you feel to know Jesus is always standing in the gap for you?
Listen to “Standing in the Gap” by Babbie Mason. Imagine Jesus singing or speaking this song to you. Praise Jesus for his love and faithfulness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kaOkmJmxr0
Jesus, I am so grateful for all you have done for me. Thank you for loving me so much and standing in the gap for me. Thank you for sacrificing yourself on my behalf, and on behalf of all of those who come to God through you, once and for all, so that we don’t have to make those sacrifices. You are so faithful. My heart is so full of love for you. Help me notice all the amazing things you do for me. Forgive me when I get off track or take my focus off of you. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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