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Frameworks: Hebrews 13

 

(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a simple comment of what is happening)

  

    

FRAMEWORKS: Hebrews 13: Concluding Exhortations

      

v.1-19 Concluding Exhortations
v.20-25 Benediction and Final Greetings

 

v.1-19 Concluding Exhortations

 

v.1 (as we sum up our encouragements on how live, start with love for one another) Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

v.2 (show hospitality even to those you don't know) Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

v.3 (remember those being persecuted for their faith) Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

v.4 (keep your marriages pure and holy) Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

v.5 (avoid love of money, be content with what you have, remembering God is with you and there for you) 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.” [Deut 31:6]

v.6 (so let God be your helper and be secure) So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.   What can mere mortals do to me?” [Psa 118:6,7]

v.7 (follow your leaders examples of faith) Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

v.8 (and remember that Jesus [head of the body] never changes) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

v.9 (so don't get led astray by false legalistic teaching) 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.

v.10-12 (just as part of the old ceremonial meant a sacrificed lamb taken outside the camp) We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.

v.13 (let's remember that that typified Jesus been taken out of Jerusalem in disgrace and not be afraid to share his disgrace as believers) Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.

v.14 (our current habitations won't last but we have an eternal city that awaits us that will) For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

v.15 (in Christ, therefore, let's continue to be thankful) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

v.16 (and live sacrificial lives seeking to bless others) And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

v.17 (trust your leaders and thus bless them) 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.

v.18 (pray for us to help us live honourably) Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.

v.19 (especially for me to be restored to you soon) I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

 

 

v.20-25 Benediction and Final Greetings

 

v.20,21 (now may the Lord who is shepherd and redeemer give us everything we need to serve him and glorify him) Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

v.22 (hold on to my exhortations) Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.

v.23 (Timothy has been released and I hope to come with him soon to you) I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.

v.24 (greet all the saints as it comes from all of us in Italy) Greet all your leaders and all the Lord's people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.

v.25 (May God's grace be with you all) Grace be with you all.

 

 

[Comment: The Flow of Writing: Having exhorted his readers to remain people of faith and persevere when life gets tough, he winds up his letter with a real mixture of further miscellaneous directions and encouragements. The following is an abbreviated summing up of this chapter's directions that apply as much to us today as it did to the church then::

 

v. 1   love one another

v. 2   show hospitality even to those you don't know

v. 3   remember those being persecuted for their faith

v. 4   keep your marriages pure and holy

v. 5   avoid love of money, be content with what you have

v. 6   let God be your helper

v. 7   follow your leaders examples of faith

v. 8   remember that Jesus never changes

v. 9   don't get led astray by wrong teaching

v. 10-13   share in Jesus' disgrace

v. 14   keep looking for our eternal city

v. 15   let's continue to be thankful

v. 16   live sacrificial lives seeking to bless others

v. 17   trust your leaders and thus bless them.