Hebrews 13

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read   Hebrew 13

Final exhortations.

Concluding admonitions (1-17) —- Being hospitable each other, and especially for strangers, traveling Christians, is an act of love. The writer recalls ancient story of Abraham when he and Sarah entertained strangers who were angels of God (Genesis 18:1-8, 19:1-3). The teaching of marriage in verse 4 was defending Christian marriage from possible Gnostic inclination among them that thought body was inferior to spirit. “all kinds of strange teachings in verse 9 refers to Jewish Gnostic teachings that denied the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Worship to God was only through Jesus Christ, his own sacrificial offering, doing good and sharing with others were the response of worshippers to God.

Personal messages (18-25) — “obey your leaders and submit to their authority,” indicated the leaders of the church and civil authority.  The prayer benediction (20-21) referred to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, to his role in establishing the new covenant and, and to the will of God. The reference to Timothy indicated that the writer of the Hebrews belonged to Apostle Paul’s group.

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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