In this chapter, the readers of this epistle are encouraged to endure hardship and discipline for the sake of holiness, and they are warned not to refuse God during these difficult times.
The purpose for the careful exposition in Hebrews of the superiority of Christ’s Person, priesthood, covenant, sanctuary, and sacrifice is to show the folly of moving away from the substance back to the shadow. The author sought to exhort his readers not to revert back to Judaism, and to encourage them to go on to maturity in Christ. As “strangers and exiles on the earth” (11:13), they must realize that their sufferings for Christ are part of God’s purpose, and that their heavenly Father disciplines them for their good, so that they may share His holiness.
READING of HEBREWS 12
Lord, may I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles me, and may I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Meditation passage for today: verses 1-3, 11, 22-24, 28-29
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