Genesis 22:1-14: Hebrews 8:1

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hebrews 8:1

"now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens" Hebrews 8:1

under the roman rule, the sanhedrin was allowed considerable power, as evidenced by its role in Jesus' final arrest and crucifixion. it was a kind of supreme court and when the members sat in judgment, a scribe (or secretary) sat on either side of the presiding judge. the scribe on the left side was responsible for writing condemnations, while the one on the right was responsible for writing acquittals.

the book of hebrews repeatedly reminds us that Jesus is at the right hand of God. Jesus said that He came into the world not to condemn but to save (john 3:17). as High Priest, He now sits not only in the place of honour and power, but of mercy. what a great assurance for us to know that He sits there making intercession for us!


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