Our study in Hebrews turns from Christ as King and Prophet to Christ as Priest. This will occupy the next six chapters of Hebrews. Priests are intermediaries, and they deal with what obstructs our approach to God: sin. Therefore, the ideal priest is both sinless and sympathetic.
We use our Scripture text as our call to worship, reminding us to approach what is a “throne of grace”. We ask for God’s blessing over our worship, and then sing “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus”, where we sing of Him who is “Intercessor, Friend of Sinners”.
Matthew 4:1-11 is the account of Jesus suffering temptation at the hands of the ultimate Tempter, Satan himself. His victory over temptation causes us to respond with “Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour”, where we sing “Great High Priest of our profession, through the veil Thou enteredst in; by Thy mighty intercession grace and mercy Thou dost win.”
Our reading from the Tanakh is a prophecy from Isaiah 42 that Messiah will not deal cruelly or harshly with those He deals with. He is truly sympathetic.
In prayer, we pray for our corporate worship, praying that since our Priest is both sinless and sympathetic, that we would be both reverent and bold. Newton’s beautiful hymn “Approach My Soul the Mercy Seat” is a fitting hymn as we approach God in giving and in readiness to hear the Word.
After studying Hebrews 4:14-16 together, we respond with the deeply comforting and joyful song “Before the Throne of God”.
Call to Worship: Hebrews 4:14-16
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 180 Alleluia Sing to Jesus
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
Hymn 192 Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4
Offering: Congregational Hymn 277: Approach My Soul the Mercy Seat (MARTYRDOM)
Sermon: Hebrews 4:14-16: A Sinless and Sympathetic High Priest
Song 7 Before the Throne of God