Hebrews 13:20-25 Closing Hebrews

God’s precious gift to us, if we will only receive it.

Our author wraps us his letter to the Hebrew brothers with a blessing in a prayer and a request. He asks God to equip them and asks them to hear the truths contained in this letter.

He starts his blessing/prayer for them by pointing out first the nature of God. “May the God pf peace” (verse 20a). God doesn’t stir up trouble. He brings an eternal peace. Not like the world gives though. Yes, we WILL have trouble in this world, especially when we stand for Him. But He gives us a peace in our spirit that nothing can take away. Not trouble. Not persecution. Not even death. His peace is eternal. Read more »

Hebrews 13:1-19 My Helper

Because He helps me I can help others. Following in His footsteps.

It is time for our author to wrap up his letter. As he does so he touches on several important daily living points for the new believer. The highlighting feature being that the Lord is the helper for the believers. Life in Him and through Him is promised for every believer.

The overall theme of Hebrews is that we have a better sacrifice through Jesus than did those who follow the Law. Jesus did what the Law had no hope of; restoring us to God in right standing. His work was done outside the camp; apart from the temple. So we are separate from the temple when we come to Him. “Therefore let us go to Him outside the vamp and bear the reproach He endured” (verse 13).

Many of the “daily living” instructions focus on love. “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers… Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them and those who are mistreated” (verses 1-3). “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (verse 16). Even the part about keeping the marriage bed pure involves love for our partners. Without love, HIS kind of love, none of these things are possible. Because He loved us we can show that love back to others. Read more »

Hebrews 12:18-29 Unshakable Foundation

When God spoke EVERYONE listened. Too bad it didn’t last.

The earth shaking God of the Old Testament is still the same but His covenant with us has changed. No longer off limits to His children.

When I was reading our selection today I had to go back and read about when God shook the mountain. This was back when He spoke the 10 commandments to the people. I cannot imagine the abject awe that happened that day! Not even an animal was allowed to touch the mountain of God. The presence of God could be seen and felt by ALL who were present. I wonder how people of today would react to this kind of power demonstration today. Would they all cower, as the Israelites had done or would they start looking for “the man behind the curtain”? Read more »

Hebrews 12:3-17 Endure Discipline

He speaks to us right where we are at in His discipline/correction.

Those the Father loves, He also disciplines. This is our central message for today and always.

“In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (verse 4). We ALL face struggles with sin. And ALL God’s sons (and daughters) are disciplined. His discipline is always done in love and for our good. His discipline results in eternal life not death. Physical death might be the end result here on earth but that is NOT the end of your story.

God’s “discipline” doesn’t usually result in death of the body. For the prophets of old and the martyrs death was the end result of their walk with God but was NOT part of His discipline. Their deaths were a result of them refusing to deny God and man not allowing that decision. Men put them to death by Satan’s urging. God didn’t. What God gave them on the other side of that death though was worth it ALL. Read more »

Hebrews 12:1-2 Run With Endurance

The ONLY “finish line” that counts. The celebration on the other side if it is worth everything!

Our great crowd of witnesses are cheering us onto the finish! This race is not a one day affair but an endurance race that lasts to the end of our days.

God set the finish line from the beginning. We were to walk with Him for all eternity. Sin got in the way of this and shortened our lives. But God made a way to restore that “eternity” to us.

I’m SO glad that our “great crowd of witnesses” were not perfect people. They were men and women who trusted God and showed great faith in Him but they stumbled in their walks too. But their names are still recorded for us because they didn’t give up. They continued until the end. Even Noah who got drunk and exposed himself in the end is still counted in that great crowd. Read more »