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Hebrews 13

October 26, 2012

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

10 thoughts on “Hebrews 13”

  1. v.2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

    Hospitality seems to be a dying art. People are more inclined to go down the street for coffee than have people in their homes. Nevertheless as Christians we should continue to be hospitable, especially leaders. “Rather, he must be hospitable” (Titus 1:8).

    Also angels could just be human messengers. So this could refer to visiting missionaries, speakers etc.

  2. v.2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

    Hospitality seems to be a dying art. People are more inclined to go down the street for coffee than have people in their homes. Nevertheless as Christians we should continue to be hospitable, especially leaders. “Rather, he must be hospitable” (Titus 1:8).

    Also angels could just be human messengers. So this could refer to visiting missionaries, speakers etc.

  3. v.5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

    If we have God we have enough.

    “The riches of your love will always be enough” (Reuben Morgan)

  4. v.5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

    If we have God we have enough.

    “The riches of your love will always be enough” (Reuben Morgan)

  5. v.9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.

    Jesus by his death on the cross is our source of the saving and sustaining grace of God, that is our strengthening. Whereas Judaism taught that eating ceremonial food strengthened their hearts.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) “Believers under the Old Covenant ate part of what they offered to God as a peace offering (Lev. 7:15-18). However believers under the New Covenant feed spiritually on Jesus Christ who is our peace offering.

  6. v.9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.

    Jesus by his death on the cross is our source of the saving and sustaining grace of God, that is our strengthening. Whereas Judaism taught that eating ceremonial food strengthened their hearts.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) “Believers under the Old Covenant ate part of what they offered to God as a peace offering (Lev. 7:15-18). However believers under the New Covenant feed spiritually on Jesus Christ who is our peace offering.

  7. v.10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

    Christians did not have special buildings, altars, priests etc. so sometimes they were called “atheists”!! However we do have altar, Jesus Christ (v.15) and a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5).

  8. v.10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

    Christians did not have special buildings, altars, priests etc. so sometimes they were called “atheists”!! However we do have altar, Jesus Christ (v.15) and a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5).

  9. v.13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.

    For Jewish Christians it was hard to cut their ties with Judaism. Not just the religious ties but the emotional ones too and realize that these things were only shadows pointing to the reality in Jesus.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) There is nothing wrong with Jewish Christians maintaining Jewish customs provided they do not rely on them for favour with God.

  10. v.13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.

    For Jewish Christians it was hard to cut their ties with Judaism. Not just the religious ties but the emotional ones too and realize that these things were only shadows pointing to the reality in Jesus.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) There is nothing wrong with Jewish Christians maintaining Jewish customs provided they do not rely on them for favour with God.

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