The author of the letter to the Hebrews is unknown, but it was obviously written by someone steeped in Jewish tradition. In his letter, the author is broaching the subject of salvation – which is the one topic the whole world seems to be disagreeing on, starting with the question as to whether or not we need to be saved, and, if we needed saving, how to be saved.
Jewish understanding of salvation is closely tied to the priesthood; Priests were seen as mediators who stood between God and people, interceding on their behalf; they were people’s advocates. Advocacy is of great value, especially in situations when we cannot speak for ourselves.
While human advocacy is a blessing, it is also flawed; there is misrepresentation, there are errors in judgement, and we suffer the consequences. – Thankfully, we have a perfect mediator in heaven. The Son of God, Jesus, has assumed the role of mankind’s mediator and advocate. He understands us like no other; daily interceding on our behalf, He is the One who effectively represents our cause. Jesus fights for us.
God saves us every day – He can do that because He sees what comes our way. All the while He checks ancillary things like our body temperature, the numbers of hair we carry on our bodies, our current mood; – God knows everything about us and most importantly, He uses that to our advantage.
God’s hands are big – both for saving and for holding. The One whose hands hold the universe holds us close to His heart.