Hebrews

To Mount Zion

Hebrews 12:22–23, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the...

They Could Not Endure

Hebrews 12:20–21, “For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” One of the prevalent themes of the epistle to the Hebrews...

What May Be Touched

Hebrews 12:18–19, “For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.” In the verses preceding today’s...

Peace and Holiness

Hebrews 12:14, “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see...

Make Straight Paths

Hebrews 12:12–13, “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make...

The Fruit of Discipline

Hebrews 12:11, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it...

The Father’s Discipline

The Father’s Discipline

Hebrews 12:5–6, “And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It...

The Struggle Against Sin

The Struggle Against Sin

Hebrews 12:4, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” In Hebrews 12:1–3, we find the Christian life compared to a race. An athletic race must be run with endurance lest the competitors grow faint and give up before...

Consider Jesus

Consider Jesus

Hebrews 12:3, “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” One central theme of the epistle to the Hebrews is the absolute superiority of Jesus to all who came before Him. This Jesus is worthy...

Jesus Alone

Jesus Alone

Hebrews 12:2, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” For the past year, we have been privileged to spend...

Run With Endurance

Run With Endurance

Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” At the end of Hebrews 11, we are reminded that the...

Receiving the Promise

Receiving the Promise

Hebrews 11:39–40, “And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.” Remarkably, some in the original audience of the epistle...