Hebrews 10 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Now every priest stands day after day ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever sat down at the right hand of G_d. He is now waiting for His enemies to be put under His footstool.” Hebrews 10 11-13
Let’s revisit a point I briefly raised back in the Hebrews 6 devotional. It is the notion that that Israel’s deliverance into Canaan is symbolic of our own fleshly deliverance through Yeshua. Just as Israel was commanded to drive-out the land’s inhabitants, so we are commanded to drive-out the former “inhabitants”, i.e. our old sinful patterns. The “land symbolism” becomes clearer when we consider that Adam was created when God breathed into a handful of earthly dust. We are, in a sense, G_d-breathed land.
Again, the former inhabitants of our “land” (our flesh) were the inward motivations of our “sin nature”, made evident by our sinful ways. Sin always leads to self-destruction, because it is always self-serving. That is why it is urgent that we drive-out those inhabitants by the power of G_d’s Ruach (Spirit). That is also why Yeshua was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. He was above all, yet chose to save us through serving…as opposed to mandating we live-up to an impossible standard.
Now, when Yeshua offered Himself to atone for sin, His work was completed. Sin was atoned for. He has no need to get up and re-offer His sacrifice. As evidence of G_d’s satisfaction for Yeshua’s atonement, the Bible says Yeshua is sitting at the right hand of the Father, right now.
When we accept Yeshua as our Savior & Lord and receive His atonement, we are “delivered”. Just as Israel was delivered into Canaan by G_d’s grace, yet was commanded to drive-out its enemies (the former inhabitants), we too, must drive-out the former inhabitants of our flesh once we have been delivered.
Now if Yeshua is sitting next to G_d, waiting for His enemies to be put under His footstool, who is going to do that work? The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will accomplish this, through the surrendered lives of believers.
Everyone has a “former inhabitant” (or several), which they are battling. It has been given to us to drive-out the old self, combining the strength we have with the desire & power of G_d’s Ruach.
Take courage, and submit to the Ruach’s leading! Allow Him to manifest Himself in power in your life, driving-out your former “sin self”. What is impossible for us is easily doable with G_d. There is no panic in Heaven. Yeshua is not worried about whether His enemies will be placed under His footstool. He is only waiting. Therefore, we should be confident of G_d’s Word, Yeshua’s atonement and the Ruach’s power to overcome.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Tuesday, November 19, 2013