October 12, Reading 3 – Hebrews 13:7-25

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The only worthwhile religion fits you to eat of that Altar Above. Worthwhile religion will strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ, help you to be a peacemaker in your family and church, and a Gospel blessing to church leaders. Take this prayer (v.20,21) as your model in your prayers for family and congregation.

SJA Notes

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”

This has been an ongoing theme through this wonderful book – The unseen, the heavenly, the new Jerusalem.

And we are exhorted into the behaviour that this reality produces in us.

“Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”

We can bear the same reproach (and we will when we stand with Him) that Jesus endured, knowing that it was outside the camp on that hill of the skull that He suffered for us.

And so we can continually offer up sacrifices that are pleasing to God, walking in obedience to our leaders in God’s church, desiring to act honorably in all things, praying without ceasing, doing good and sharing what we have.

This is true religion!

* Father God,

Thank You for Your word that reminds us to look to Jesus, to consider Him!

That He suffered outside the camp, and so we are to bear the same reproach that He endured because we look to Him, to You – And we await a city not built with hands. A new heavens and a new earth.

What a hope this is, what a glory!

Thank You loving God.

Amen.

October 10, Reading 3 – Hebrews 12:1-17

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When you face much opposition to your faith, there is someone whose life we should always turn to and consider – Christ’s. (v.2,3) A time of reflection on His life every day will strengthen you emotionally, spiritually and in every other way. This is the fount of living peacefully with others, the fount to a holy life – the good life.

SJA Notes

Consider Him!

“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

Look to Jesus, for He has endured Himself the chastisements that brought us peace.

He is able to intercede for us, and He is caring to do so – Doubly so because He is not a being without our sphere of life, but came down and dwelt among us.

This is our God – When we are discouraged with life, disheartened and feeling low, let us be reminded and exhorted to consider Him.

* Father God,

Thank You for Your discipline, which is painful for a moment, but later yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

May we be trained up in righteousness, by Your working in and around us, please Lord God.

Amen.