“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” -- Genesis 3:9-10

In the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) the word “hineni” (pronounced hee- nay-nee in Hebrew) is often used to respond to a direct call from God, and it means “Here I am (at your service!)”. We are all from common origin, from Adam. Ravaged by the bondage of sin, when the Lord calls us, alone in our flesh we cannot say “hineni...here I am!” But in today’s reading we find that God prepared for us a brother, fully God but sharing in our very DNA through a human body. And when God the Father calls Him in verse 13 in the Hebrew version of today’s reading He says: “Here I am (Hineni!), along with the children God has given me.” Many versions say “behold” and that works too. 

As you meditate on His Word today, moving further away from the Levitical laws that could never make us holy, praise our King that through His work, we are sanctified and made holy. Clothed in Christ’s righteousness, we are free to join with Christ in saying “here I am!” when God calls us to service and even to suffering, that we might be drawn closer to Him in preparation for eternity.

Amy and Todd Smith

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES

Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.

+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)

+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?

SING + PRAY

Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER [ Hebrews 2:10-13 ] In Large group

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

+ Why was it “fitting” that Jesus should suffer?
+ How did He bring many sons to glory?
 

11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 

+ How is it possible that the eternal God should identify Himself to His creation and call them brothers (See Psalm 22:22). 

13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”

+ Why did Jesus need to put His trust in God the Father? (See Isaiah 8:17-18). 

Bonus: we’ve included the Jewish New Testament translation below as it provides some beautiful additional angles.

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?  (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)

Something may look hard. Something may cause suffering. Something may cause you to lose things. But when you hear the Lord’s voice, or know something is close to the Father’s heart, will you emulate our Great High Priest and boldly shout “Hineni!...at your service, Lord” this week, and increasingly in your life?

(Jewish New Testament) 10 For in bringing many sons to glory, it was only fitting that God, the Creator and Preserver of everything, should bring the Initiator of their deliverance to the goal through sufferings. 11 For both Yeshua, who sets people apart for God, and the ones being set apart have a common origin — this is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers 12. when he says, "I will proclaim your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise". 13. Also, "I will put my trust in him,..." and then it goes on, "Here I am, along with the children God has given me.”

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)