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Why I Love Anchors July 15, 2013

Filed under: Anti-trafficking,Freedom,His truth — Amanda Lynn @ 11:55 pm

This stuff…

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek

:: Hebrews 6:19-20 ::

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We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

:: Hebrews 6:19-20 ::

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The writer of Hebrews sure does know how to get an “Amen!”, huh?

 

 

When we look at context here we see this letter to the Hebrew Christians being written somewhere close to 70 A.D. before Jerusalem fell and before the destruction of the Temple. These early Christians new very well what it meant to have a High Priest and to only talk about what is “behind the veil”, but never to see it. The Holy of Holies still stood erect in Jerusalem. That veil had been torn from top to bottom upon the resurrection of Christ, but the Temple still stood.

The author spent this 6th chapter giving warning and clarifying for the readers what it means to follow Christ with diligence. It serves as a reminder of the promise made to Abraham and the faithfulness of God in being true to His word. The writer wants us to remember that a lie is impossible for the Author of truth and therefore, we should be “GREATLY” encouraged in this hope set before us.

He speaks of this hope acting as an anchor for the soul. He describes it as “sure” and “steadfast”.

 

 

Let’s talk about anchors for a minute, yeah?

They’re not necessarily the most ornate or showy piece on a ship. In fact, they might go unnoticed. That is, until they’re needed.

When they’re in use they are unseen. Their purpose is to run quickly into the deep waters and stay put. Unmoving. There, the anchor keeps the ship in place. It prevents drifting.

Why is all this information important to me?

Some really great friends have come to me concerned about how my job is affecting my tender heart. Their concerns are valid. None of them want to see my God-given compassion and empathy become the vehicle to a crippling burden of taking in all the hurt that I see and hear. Valid point, ladies. So to prevent that from happening (because how much would the Enemy would LOVE to see that?) I look to the Word.

To say this scripture in Hebrews is encouraging would be a severe understatement. This is foundational to keeping going, to keeping strength up, to “not growing weary in doing good“. Though my heart may be tender, praise God! My soul has an anchor. Solid and unchanging. And the Anchor for my soul keeps me in place. It helps me be present to the pain while not being overcome by it. It keeps me from drifting to the shore for temporary relief. It keeps me in the thick of the storm.

 

 

And the greatness encompassed in this passage doesn’t end with that nugget of Truth. Nope.

It goes on to talk about how this hope, our anchor, allows us to enter into the “inner place behind the curtain”.

The original readers of Hebrews would be nodding and amen-ing this as their temple still stood in Jerusalem. The Holy of Holies where only the High Priest was allowed annually for atoning the sins of his people, was now only a symbol. Hebrews focuses on Jesus the Eternal High Priest. The Jews had to let go of tradition and employ TRUST instead. The order of Malchizedek is no longer needed. Malchizedek, not a Levitt or even a Jew, was a follower of the True God and served as High Priest. Remember, he blessed Abram (Abraham) waaaay back in the day? We know Aaron was the priest of the newly freed nation of Israel, and after that the Levitcal order was in place to select one may who would serve as a representative or mediator between Israel and YHWH. Not anymore, friends.

Jesus is listed in the passage as “forerunner” not as representative. A representative is alone. Just one. No one else. While a forerunner is one who knows there are more coming behind him. “The firstborn among many brothers.” y’all.

That’s our HOPE! That’s our anchor. We have direct access to the inner places because our High Priest is also our Eternal Lamb of Atonement, our justification, our perfecter, our Righteousness, our HOPE of glory.

So our anchor, the anchor that keeps the ship still, present…ushers us right into the very presence of God!

Now, “if that don’t ring your bell your clapper’s broken”. {cc: Gerald Davidson}

 

 

With that said, let’s set our affections on things above, friends. Let’s hold to this hope and wait patiently for his glorious appearance. But until then, whether we’re looking at the darkness of racial tension and oppression, the sanctity of life or the struggle for religious liberty or at the darkness of gendercide and sexual trafficking…whatever the darkness is we know that the anchor of souls is sure. It is steadfast.

And there’s one last thing about anchors we should remember.

Ships at harbor don’t really need them. No, ships that need their anchor aren’t in calm seas.

When darkness seems to hide His face,

I rest on His unchanging grace

In every high and stormy gale,

my anchor holds within the veil.

So when it hurts and when it’s ugly and when things don’t fit into a neat box framed in theology…then what?

Then, friends, we stand. Stand with our faces towards the Light. Stand, even when it’s easier to sit in the darkness and be overcome by the “what if’s” and the “impossible”. Stand. Even when the seas require an anchor.

ships

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