Devotion – Hebrews 4

S – For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. 

Hebrews 4:15–16 CSB

O – Jesus knows what it means to be human.  He knows the temptations this world has to offer.  Jesus beat temptation and never sinned.  His obedience gives us access to God and his throne, where we find mercy and grace in our own lives.

A – Love these verses.  It is remarkable that God came to earth in the form of a man.  In doing so, he allowed himself to feel what a human feels – all of it.  The good and the bad.  Temptation is such a strong pull.  One person’s Achilles heel is not true for another…but all of us have something that we battle against.  Vs. 15 reminds us that Jesus “experimentally knew what power was needed to overcome temptations. He is capable of sympathizing, for He was at the same time tempted without sin, and yet truly tempted.”( Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible,) 

Also, love the concept of mercy and grace.  I can walk into one of my family’s homes with “boldness.”  I am not afraid to do that.  In doing so I receive Mercy—grace (ἔλεος—χάριν). Mercy for past sins; grace for future work, trial, and resistance to temptation (Word Studies in the New Testament,) Great breakdown – mercy for what I have done and grace for my journey forward.  That means I also extend that to others.

R – Lord, help me to do this.