Hebrews: Bible Study and Commentary. Praise and worship are important, but the Christian’s obligation does not end there. If only our faith were simpler, and we were more childlike we would take all that God says in the Scriptures and we would simply trust in His Word – and that’s called FAITH!! Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. i. Other passages which may speak to this everlasting covenant are Revelation 13:8, Ephesians 1:4, and 2 Timothy 1:9. ii. . with joy--at your obedience; anticipating, too, that you shall be their "joy" in the day of giving account ( Philippians 4:1 ). He would not conclude without mentioning 'the connecting link between the two truths mainly discussed; the one perfect sacrifice and the continual priestly intercession--the depth of His humiliation and the height of His glory--the "altar" of the cross and the ascension to the heavenly Holy of Holies. HebrewsChapter 13. Praise that pleases God is the fruit of our lips, more than just thoughts directed towards God. As those who must give account: We obey and submit to our leaders because God put them in a place of responsibility and accountability over us. Compare Psalms 119:108 , Romans 12:1 . “So, then, we are to utter the praises of God, and it is not sufficient to feel adoring emotions.” (Spurgeon). Some take the idea of the everlasting covenant to express the covenant that existed before the foundation of the world between the Persons of the Godhead, working together for the salvation of man. sanctify--Though not brought into the temple "sanctuary" ( Hebrews 13:11 ) His blood has been brought into the heavenly sanctuary, and "sanctifies the people" ( Hebrews 2:11 Hebrews 2:17 ), by cleansing them from sin, and consecrating them to God. It is therefore like a divine adage. . This clause, "the blood of the everlasting covenant," is a summary retrospect of the Epistle (compare Hebrews 9:12 ). Hebrews 13:14. Some— Abraham and Lot. The two cannot be combined ( Galatians 5:2 ). God will judge--Most whoremongers escape the notice of human tribunals; but God takes particular cognizance of those whom man does not punish. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach, For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come, Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of, Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased, : Praise is not the only sacrifice that pleases God. for--Greek, "in behalf of." Hebrews 13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate (NASB: Lockman). He knew that prayer could remove those obstacles. 21. 25. Paul's characteristic salutation in every one of his other thirteen Epistles, as he says himself, 1 Corinthians 16:21 1 Corinthians 16:23 , Colossians 4:18 , 2 Thessalonians 3:17 . We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. It literally means "acknowledgment" or "confession." Addendum: Luke 21 A review of Luke 21, often confused with the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24 & Mark 13) and the Siege and Fall of Jerusalem in a.d. 70. Amen." It indicates continuous activity and implies that they were already praying for him. Considering how they manifested the soundness of their faith by their holy walk, which they maintained even to the end of that walk (their death by martyrdom). without the camp--"outside the legal polity" [THEODORET] of Judaism (compare Hebrews 13:11 ) "Faith considers Jerusalem itself as a camp, not a city" [BENGEL]. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so, : The writer to the Hebrews used the ancient Greek word, : This is a simple and practical way that. not with grief--at your disobedience; apprehending also that in the day of account you may be among the lost, instead of being their crown of rejoicing. “The apostle had exhorted the Hebrew believers to pray for him in the words, ‘Pray for us;’ and then, as if to show that he did not ask of them what he was not himself. Now may the God of peace: In this blessing God is first recognized in His attributes: peace, power (brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead), loving care (that great Shepherd), and ever giving love (the blood of the everlasting covenant). Hebrews 13:1-25 . After asking his readers to pray for him, the writer to the Hebrews prays for his readers. He probably left Timothy there and went to Philippi as he had promised. a. Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive: We are to be submissive to the leaders God gives us (assuming they have the character mentioned in Hebrews 13:7). See that it continue with you. 9. about--rather, as oldest manuscripts read, "carried aside"; namely, compare Ephesians 4:14 . Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Hebrews Chapter 13 Exhortations. Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly: These final words give us a few tantalizing hints of the writer’s identity. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. BENGEL remarks that the Hebrew, "todah," is beautifully emphatic. But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. The Church of Jerusalem, to which in part this Epistle was addressed, was distinguished by this grace, we know from Acts (compare Hebrews 6:10 , 10:32-34 , Hebrews 12:12 Hebrews 12:13 ). But the warning being against lasciviousness, the contrast to "whoremongers and adulterers" in the parallel clause, requires the "in all" in this clause to refer to persons. Also the First Century Jewish writer Philo spoke of a time when the best sacrifice would be the ones glorifying God with hymns. But I especially urge, Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace, : This expresses the desire for blessing, wanting, And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. Concluding Exhortations. This threefold mention of the rulers is peculiar to this Epistle. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. As the "altar" was mentioned in Hebrews 13:10 , so the "sacrifices" here (compare 1 Peter 2:5 , namely, praise and doing good, Hebrews 13:16 ). The Judaizing of the Hebrews was calculated to sow seeds of discord among them, of disobedience to their pastors ( Hebrews 13:17 ), and of alienation towards Paul. through the blood--Greek, "in," in virtue of the blood ( Hebrews 2:9 ); it was because of His bloody death for us, that the Father raised and crowned Him with glory. bound with them--by virtue of the unity of the members in the body under one Head, Christ ( 1 Corinthians 12:26 ). Compare Paul's address to the elders, Acts 20:28 , 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 , where also he connects ministers' responsibility with the account to be hereafter given (compare 1 Peter 5:4 ). Greek: dio kai Iesous, ina agiase dia tou idiou aimatos ton laon, exo tes pules epathen. Here only in the Epistle he mentions the resurrection. 13:4–5). 13. c. Grace be with you all: This is a fitting end for a book that documents the passing of the Old Covenant and the institution of the New Covenant. 19. the rather--Greek, "I the more abundantly beseech you." So Aristarchus was imprisoned with Paul. Compare Ezekiel 34:23 and Jesus' own words, John 10:2 John 10:11 John 10:14 . We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. 7. b. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased: Praise is not the only sacrifice that pleases God. Hebrews 13:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 13:17, NIV: "Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you." The “Shepherding Movement” was a clear example of this kind of abuse (which many seem to welcome, wanting someone else to be responsible for their lives). i. EXHORTATION TO VARIOUS GRACES, ESPECIALLY CONSTANCY IN FAITH, FOLLOWING JESUS AMIDST REPROACHES. a. For some unknown reason the author remains anonymous to us, though he was known to his original readers (13:23). "Obey" your living rulers; nay, more, not only obey in cases where no sacrifice of self is required, and where you are persuaded they are right (so the Greek, for "obey"), but "submit yourselves" as a matter of dutiful yielding, when your judgment and natural will incline you in an opposite direction. have spoken unto you--"spake" (so the Greek aorist means) during their lifetime. established with grace; not with meats--not with observances of Jewish distinctions between clean and unclean meats, to which ascetic Judaizers added in Christian times the rejection of some meats, and the use of others: noticed also by Paul in 1 Corinthians 8:8 1 Corinthians 8:13 , 6:13 , Romans 14:17 , an exact parallel to this verse: these are some of the "divers and strange doctrines" of the previous sentence. Salem Media Group. And every prophet that speaks in the Spirit you shall neither try nor judge; for every sin shall be forgiven, but this one sin shall not be forgiven. On the seeming inconsistency with Galatians 6:11 , compare Note. Concluding Exhortations. without the gate--of Jerusalem; as if unworthy of the society of the covenant-people. b. of praise--for salvation. Some however simply take the everlasting covenant as another name for the New Covenant. do it--"watch for your soul's eternal salvation." “A teacher should teach us to submit to God, not to himself.” (Chuck Smith). Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. “Yourselves”: Believers should be able to identify with the suffering of others because they also suffer physical (“in the body”), pain and hardship. It has not changed. So the doctrine is the same, not variable: this verse thus forms the transition between Hebrews 13:7 and Hebrews 13:9 . ( C) some have entertained angels unawares. The author of Hebrews has mentioned the "conscience" several times (cf. "To avoid fornication let EVERY MAN have his own wife" ( 1 Corinthians 7:2 ). in all--"in the case of all men": "among all." As Jesus suffered without the gate, so spiritually must those who desire to belong to Him, withdraw from the earthly Jerusalem and its sanctuary, as from this world in general. a. who--Greek, "the which": such persons as. Erroneously Heinrichs: in the earthly Jerusalem. Paul, though now at large, was still in Italy, whence he sends the salutations of Italian Christians ( Hebrews 13:24 ), waiting for Timothy to join him, so as to start for Jerusalem: we know from 1 Timothy 1:3 , he and Timothy were together at Ephesus after his departing from Italy eastward. The Lord's table represents this altar, the cross; as the bread and wine represent the sacrifice offered on it. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. In praising a creature, we may easily exceed the truth; but in praising God we have only to go on confessing what He really is to us. Obey them that have the rule over you--(Compare Hebrews 13:7 Hebrews 13:24 ). to whom--to Christ. continually--not merely at fixed seasons, as those on which the legal sacrifices were offered, but throughout all our lives. And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. is set at liberty--from prison. As they do their part, so do you yours. The same Greek word as "good conscience." Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Discussion of the author’s identity dates back to the second century, but convincing evidence was lacking even then. By him--as the Mediator of our prayers and praises ( John 14:13 John 14:14 ); not by Jewish observances ( Psalms 50:14 Psalms 50:23 , Psalms 69:30 Psalms 69:31 , 107:22 , 116:17 ). CONCLUSION, WITH PIECES OF INTELLIGENCE AND SALUTATIONS. In the grammar of the ancient Greek language, pray is in the present imperative verb tense. There is a play on the same Greek word, Be not forgetful and unaware; let not the duty of hospitality to strangers escape you; for, by entertaining strangers, it has escaped the entertainers that they were entertaining angels. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Amen! We also please God with sacrifice when we, Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you, Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. And when the apostle goes away, let him take nothing but bread… but if he asks for money, he is a false prophet. ( A) brotherly love continue. “Loving hearts must speak. The God of peace by giving unity of true doctrine, will unite them in mutual love. Sadly, some take the idea of submission to leaders in the church much too far. c. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you: Cooperative conduct is not only a joy to leaders, but it is profitable for the whole body. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Authorship - Date: One of the great mysteries surrounding the Book of Hebrews concerns its authorship. 1. brotherly love--a distinct special manifestation of "charity" or "love" ( 2 Peter 1:7 ). 3. If one does not himself marry, he should not prevent others from doing so. Now may the God of peace: This is a blessing in the style of the priestly blessing of Numbers 6:22-27: The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly. https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-general-epistles that--Grief in your pastors is unprofitable for you, for it weakens their spiritual power; nay, more, "the groans (so the Greek for 'grief') of other creatures are heard; how much more of pastors!" 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 7. ( B) Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby. τὴν μέλλουσαν] sc. It seems to me that a dumb Christian, a man who is thankful for Christ’s sacrifice and never feels the need to say so, is as great an anomaly as either of these I have described.” (Maclaren), iii. to do his will, working in you--( Hebrews 10:36 ); rather as Greek, "doing in you." For just as "the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by . He will neither withdraw His presence ("never leave thee") nor His help ("nor forsake thee") [BENGEL]. He may confidently say to his congregation, ‘Pray for me’ who does unfeignedly from his soul pray for them.” (Spurgeon). . But here the address is limited to the general body of the Church, in contrast to the rulers to whom they are charged to yield reverent submission. a. Pray for us: The writer to the Hebrews considered it important that others pray for him. a. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday and Today and Forever (Hebrews 13:8) Hebrews 13:9-10. Whatever good we do, God does in us. "Mitigate their toil by every office of attention and respect, that with alacrity, rather than with grief, they may fulfil their duty, arduous enough in itself, even though no unpleasantness be added on your part" [GROTIUS]. Those Hebrews who clung to the earthly sanctuary are representatives of all who cling to this earth. We all need and should welcome the prayers of others. In other Epistles Paul includes the rulers in his exhortations. HEBREWS 13 Theme: Evidence of Faith – In Chapter 13 the writer of Hebrews presents four evidences of faith that should appear in our lives if we are really walking by faith and not by sight. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. 24. all--The Scriptures are intended for all, young and old, not merely for ministers. What was said to them, extends also to us. Hebrews 13: 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp (NASB: Lockman). b. Grace be with you all. But not everyone that speaks in the Spirit is a prophet; but only if he holds the ways of the Lord. In English, "do good" and "share" are action verbs, but in Greek they are nouns. fruit of our lips--( Isaiah 57:19 , Hosea 14:2 ). Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. There is a reference to Exodus 33:7 , when the tabernacle was moved without the camp, which had become polluted by the people's idolatry of the golden calves; so that "every one who sought the Lord went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation (as Moses called the tabernacle outside the camp), which was without the camp"; a lively type of what the Hebrews should do, namely, come out of the carnal worship of the earthly Jerusalem to worship God in Christ in spirit, and of what we all ought to do, namely, come out from all carnalism, worldly formalism, and mere sensuous worship, and know Jesus in His spiritual power apart from worldliness, seeing that "we have no continuing city" ( Hebrews 13:14 ). 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