Outside the Camp

Thank You for a good night’s sleep, Father. May this day of preparation be guided by Your hand. Fill my heart and mind to overflowing with what You want to be communicated to Your people. May I be the conduit for Your love and wisdom.

Hebrews 13:10-14 (<<click here)

Reading through these verses I had a general understanding of the background of what the writer was referencing to by the old sacrificial system but my study Bible* brought it into focus.

“It may be necessary to leave the ‘camp’ and suffer with Jesus. To be outside the camp meant to be unclean – in the days of the Exodus, those who were ceremonially unclean had to stay outside the camp. But Jesus suffered humiliation and uncleanness outside the Jerusalem gates on [our] behalf. The time [has] come for [us] to declare [our] loyalty to Christ above any loyalty, to choose to follow the Messiah whatever suffering that might entail. [We need] to move outside the safe confinement of [our] part, [our] traditions, and [our] ceremonies to live for Christ.”

Lord, in today’s culture may I stand with You “outside the camp.” And this is not just a wishful statement. I truly believe that at some point in the not too distant future, we will all have to take a stand – we will all have to make a choice, sitting on the fence will no longer be an option. Either we stand with Christ or we don’t.

Lord, strengthen me, embolden me, fortify me that I may stand with You and not falter.

July 14th, Thurs, 6:57 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation