[Linux4christians] Hebrews 12 (Friday)
pastordavid at bibleseven.com
Thu Dec 3 19:45:02 EST 2009
*Hebrews 12 (Friday)*
"... we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses ... we
must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so
closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us,
keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus"
"You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your
struggle against sin. Endure your suffering as discipline;
God is treating you as sons."
"But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons
have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons."
[Note: It is often considered a test of our value to God
that the enemy feels threatened enough to divert resource to
attack us, but here it is the discipline of the Lord which
defines us as His and therefore worthy of re-direction when
we drift toward sin, though it is sometimes the case that
the Lord will allow the enemy as a tool of His discipline of
"Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no
one will see the Lord."
[Note: This does not intend to promote pacifism in the face
of a violent threat, it is about relationships and about our
half of the relationship, we cannot control the actions of
another - though we can model peace and not respond in-kind
to those who are not acting in a peaceful manner. Also, the
last phrase refers to us, that is that "no one will see the
Lord" in us if we do not seek peace and holiness in our
"See that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no
one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble,
and through him many become defiled."
[Note: The NET translator's notes link this to Deut. 29:17
which refers to someone with a self-serving conditional
relationship with God - which is not an acceptable
relationship at all and will poison them and others around
And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless
person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single
meal. For you have not come to something that can be
touched [as in the Exodus 19:12-13 experience of Moses on
the mountain] ... But you have come to Mount Zion ..."
[Note: The contrast here is between a law-based
relationship and an intimate relationship, the first driven
by fear-based obedience, the latter on love-based awe and
"I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.
Now this phrase "once more" indicates the removal of what is
shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken
[Note: God, through Jesus, brings us into the "unshakable
kingdom" of eternity with Him, He then will obliterate
everything that was created and rendered sinful through the
twin rebellions of the enemy and of Adam and Eve. Nothing
"... let us give thanks, and through this let us offer
worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe."
*Consider* that God expects us to resist sin "... to the
point of bloodshed", not the blood of others but our own.
God also expects us to have an unconditional relationship
with Him, for if we harbor selfish motives we will become
bitter toward Him when discipline comes and will spread that
*Discuss* practical ways to "Pursue peace with everyone, and
holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord." -
intentionally avoiding conflict by being vessels of His
peace, and intentionally combining a peaceful attitude with
a holy walk so that people may see Christ in us and want
what we have.
*Reflect* upon the return of God to judge the world and to
obliterate everything of earth and heaven that is not part
of His eternal perfect kingdom. This includes not only the
physical world but also unsaved humans and the rebellious
angels who followed the enemy.
*Share* examples of your struggle to resist sin and/or the
fruits of a good witness for Christ that resulted from
seeking peace and holiness.
*Truth in Action*
Today I am choosing to resist sin and seek peace and
holiness so that the fruits of a good witness for Christ
will make it possible for the Holy Spirit to use me to draw
someone nearer to a decision to surrender to Him and thus to
share in the joy of my salvation. I will share the results
of this with at least one other believer so that they may be
encouraged to do the same.
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