[Linux4christians] B7 Friday - Hebrews 12
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dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Fri Apr 27 00:17:02 EDT 2012
The Lord's Discipline
12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such 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,
12:2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our
faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding
its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
12:3 Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by
sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up.
12:4 You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your
struggle against sin.
12:5 And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons?
"My son, do not scorn the Lord's discipline or give up when he corrects you.
12:6 "For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son
12:7 Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons.
For what son is there that a father does not discipline?
12:8 But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have
shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons.
12:9 Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers
and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the
Father of spirits and receive life?
12:10 For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them,
but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness.
12:11 Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But
later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained
12:12 Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees,
12:13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may
not be put out of joint but be healed.
Do Not Reject God's Warning
12:14 Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one
will see the Lord.
12:15 See to it 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.
12:16 And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person
like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
12:17 For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he
was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he
sought the blessing with tears.
12:18 For you have not come to something that can be touched, to a
burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind 12:19 and the blast
of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged
to hear no more. 12:20 For they could not bear what was commanded: "If
even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned." 12:21 In fact,
the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, "I shudder with fear."
12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the
heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly 12:23 and
congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God,
the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been
made perfect, 12:24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to
the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel's does.
12:25 Take care not to refuse the one who is speaking! For if they did
not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much
less shall we, if we reject the one who warns from heaven? 12:26 Then
his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "I will once more
shake not only the earth but heaven too."
12:27 Now this phrase "once more" indicates the removal of what is
shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain.
12:28 So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give
thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in
devotion and awe. 12:29 For our God is indeed a devouring fire.
Lord, Your discipline purifies, and all who are truly Yours will welcome
Your purification -- no matter the cost. May I welcome learning and the
transforming work of the Holy Spirit so that I will not require the
harsher discipline of the Lord God as He purifies me.
Summary & Commentary
The Lord God purifies "... 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"
We surrender the easy stuff but avoid the difficult "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 us.]
"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
[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
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 obligation.]
"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 will remain."
[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 will remain.]
"... let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing
to God in devotion and awe."
The Lord God expects us to resist sin "... to the point of bloodshed",
not the blood of others but our own. He 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
What are some practical ways to "Pursue peace with everyone, and
holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord."? Consider
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.
The Lord God will return 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.
When have you struggled to resist sin and lived-out the fruits of a good
witness -- by seeking peace and holiness - for Christ?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to use you to draw someone nearer to a decision to
surrender to Him and thus to share in the joy of your salvation.
Today I am choosing to resist sin and to 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. 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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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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