Hebrews – Ch 12

Hebrews - Ch 12

Thoughts from the text that stand out to me:

Chapter 12:

  • “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses [people listed in Ch 11] let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (v1)
  • “…fix our eyes on Jesus. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (v2-3)
  • “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (v4)
  • Proverbs 3:11-12, “do not make light of the Lord’s discipline…he disciplines those he loves.” (v5-6)
  • “Endure hardship as discipline, God is treating you as sons.” (v7) There’s a connection here between being disciplined/punished, as a father would to his child (v5-6), and to enduring hardship (v7). It may be saying that God allows hardship as a father would allow discipline. God doesn’t desire that we would have to face hardship, just as a father doesn’t want to discipline a son. But a father must discipline so that the child grows. So he says, “endure hardship.”
  • “…God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.” (v10)
  • “[Discipline] produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (v11)
  • “without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (v14)
  • “You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire [OT reference]… But you have come to…the city of the living God… to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” (v18, 22, 24)

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