people Israel. David remembers that his fathers and grandfathers called out to God and God heard andanswered and so, in addition to his pain he is wondering, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ And yet… DespiteDavid’s fear and despite the emptiness that he feels because God is not answering, even so he continues to pray, as evidenced by the prayer that we are reading. In both of these examples, the people who aresuffering this loss are crushed and feel lost, confused, powerless and next to death. It can be a terribleordeal, but what we can learn from Job and David is that these times are temporary. As hard as they are,they will pass, and, even when we are in the middle of them we cannot, nor should we ever, give up. Wecannot, nor should we ever stop praying.In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul describes the power of the word of God and while he does, he also revealsa part of the answer to today’s mystery…
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even todividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Nothing inall creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him towhom we must give account.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize withour weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace tohelp us in our time of need.
Paul says that the gospel message and all of the words of God, including the Old Testament, are livingdocuments. Unlike the works of Aristotle or Plato or ancient Roman historians, the writings of scripturehave endured and have maintained the power to change lives. As interesting and educational as thewritings of other ancient people may be, I don’t recall anyone ever saying that the history of Caesar Augustus or the writings of Plato’s philosophy radically changed their lives and rescued them from adestructive lifestyle. As much logic and truth as one might expect to fined in the writings of Aristotle, people are not often convicted of their guilt and break down into tears while reading it. These thingshappen to people all over the world, in a multitude of languages, wherever people read the words of God inscripture.Building on that idea, Paul says that while the words of God carry an amazing power, greater still is the power of the creator God. Paul says “
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight”
and that eventhe things that we try to keep covered up and secret are exposed to his view so that there will be no secretswhen we stand before him for judgment. This is the next piece of the answer to today’s mystery. Even onthose days when heaven seems like brass so that our prayers are bouncing off, even when it seems as if God is not listening, we know with a sure and certain confidence that God hears every word and iscounting every tear that falls.Even better, Paul goes on to remind us that Jesus Christ is the one who is our High Priest, the one whostands before the great throne of heaven and intercedes for us, representing us to God. Paul says that because we know that Jesus stands before God
on our behalf
, we are able to hold firmly to our faith. Wedo not have a legalistic lawyer that represents us, and who quotes rules and regulations. We do not have anaccountant who represents us who keeps a strict accounting of every mistake that we’ve ever made.Instead, we have the Son of God himself, the one who came to earth and who lived among us, as one of us,who knows what it is to be human, who knows what it
like to be human. To go a step further, weremember the lesson from last week that because of our adoption as sons and daughters of God, we have become brothers and sisters of Jesus. Jesus understands us; he understands our weaknesses and our 3