By Kenneth Allan Clark. © Copyright 2011
In ancient Bible days, sailing ships largely only sailed in the direction the wind blew. If the wind wasn’t blowing the way you wanted to go you stayed in port. If the wind was blowing the way you wanted to go you put to sea and let the wind blow you to your destination. When had arrived at a position just off shore from the port of your destination, to prevent the wind blowing you straight past your destination, you would pull down your sails and drop anchor. In order to enter the port you would attach a line to the ships boat, lower the boat which would then be rowed into the port. Once safely inside the port, the crew of the ships boat would attach the line to an anchoring post. Once the line was attached to the anchoring post, although the ship may still be at sea, no matter what winds and waves the storms threw against the ship, the ships safe entry into port where they would find rest was guaranteed by the anchor.
As long as the ship was at sea there could be no rest for the crew; once the line was attached to the anchor, even though they had not entered into rest and the storms and waves still beat upon them, the was both a guarantee of the salvation of their souls and a guarantee that they would enter into rest.
Knowing this, Paul draws us a parable between the ship boat and Christ; Christ who has gone before us into the presence of God, as an anchor for our soul.
We pick this parable up in Hebrews, starting in chapter 3.
Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, partakers of the high calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honour than the house. 4 For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God. 5 And Moses truly was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. 7 Therefore (as the Holy Ghost said, Today if you will hear his voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts, as some did by provoking God, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tested me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Therefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They always go astray in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12 Take heed, brothers and sisters, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as did some by provoking God. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear an oath that they should not enter into his rest, but unto them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Hebrews 6:17 Wherein God, willing to more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the unchangeability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the confident expectation of the hope set before us: 19 Which we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entered into that within the veil; 20 Where Jesus the forerunner has entered for us, and made high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
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