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A Steadfast Anchor of the Soul

When the imagery of an anchor is used in the Bible, this often represents hope. In the first century, Roman vessels carried several anchors, which were attached to the stern as well as to the bow. The Bible refers to storms on the Sea of Galilee which seem to pop up out of no where, without warning. When trapped in one of these sudden squalls, multiple anchors were lowered to stabilize a boat. However, since fishermen don’t know how long a storm will last, there is where hope and faith come into play.

[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot [c]break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches [d]farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, Hebrews 6:19.

The beginning of Hebrews 6 starts with an immature believer who is still struggling to grasp the Elementary principles of Christianity. Apparently, the author is referring individuals who keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Whether an addiction or bad habit, this behavior is found in people who pray for forgiveness before indulging their fleshly desires. If this blog finds you consumed by doubt, James 1:5-6, let Jesus be a steadfast anchor for your sinking ship.

Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with [e]the rank) of Melchizedek, Hebrews 6:20.

Before concluding this chapter, the author compares Jesus with the King of Salem in the Old Testament. Melchizedek was a great high priest who sinners could go to and approach in their time of need. Back in Hebrews 4:14-16, Jesus is a modern day Melchizedek who is able to sympathize with human beings, tempted in every way just as we are, but was without sin. This is why anytime an unexpected hurricane arrives, let Jesus be a steadfast anchor for your soul.

by Jay Mankus


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