Category Archives: Hebrews

All about our Great High Priest and Perseverant Faith

Consider Him Who Endured

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:1-3, emphasis added)

“Consider Him… lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” I love this verse. Perhaps it isn’t terrifically obvious at first glance how this works. After all, I don’t think anyone walked out of a showing of The Passion of the Christ pumping their fists, ready to take on the world. At least for me, thinking about blood, torture, and humiliation doesn’t generally fire me up for action. So how does considering Jesus’ endurance of suffering give our hearts strength?

There are lots of  potential answers to that question. In fact, there are lots of right answers to that question. But one in particular has been striking my heart lately — and here’s a hint: It’s not about inducing a guilt trip. Read the rest of this entry »


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Go Forth to Him Outside the Camp

We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.  (Hebrews 13:10-13)

This is a passage that has been perplexing to me for some time. I’ve always liked it; something in my heart would get really excited when I read it, but I didn’t have the foggiest notion of what it actually meant. I couldn’t follow how we got from eating at an altar to Jesus’ crucifixion to looking for the New Jerusalem — and what does it even mean to go to Jesus outside of the camp when he’s not still hanging there on a cross?

Yesterday, though, as I was looking at this long and hard for our commentary, it began to open up to me in a new way — and now I love it more than ever.

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Defining Faith – Hebrews 11:1-2

So… long story, but the commentary is still not done for my study group, even though graduation was about a month ago. I’m still plugging away, and we’re almost done. I just finished writing on Hebrews 11 (which, by the way is an amazing chapter), and thought I’d share some thoughts on the definition of faith in 11:1-2…

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There’s More than One Way to Stump a Commentator…

If you’ve kept up for my blog for a little while, you’ll remember that I suffered a bit of angst attemtping to outline the book of 1 John.  The progression in that book… well, there really isn’t one. It’s all intertwined and free flowing and beautiful, but not linear.

Well, I’m working on the book of Hebrews now, and finding it to be going nearly as slowly, but for an entirely different reason. The author of Hebrews is very linear and very logical, and I can track with the points quite easily. However, the style is so tremendously skillful and fluid from one point to the next, it’s difficult to figure out where to put the division.

I never thought I’d wish someone would have used less effective transitions between paragraphs… whew.


Posted by on April 16, 2007 in Bible, Hebrews, Life Happens...