Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 112/260: Read Hebrews 12

The Hebrews, tempted to revert to the Mosaic statutes, were encouraged to look at the suffering of the Lord. He “endured such hostility from sinners,” even to the point of death in the most degrading way. How did He view His suffering? With a view past it: the cross represented shame, but Jesus focused on the joy of sitting “down at the right hand of the throne of God” that would come as a result.

These readers “have not yet resisted to bloodshed,” and should not be discouraged but encouraged by the love and faith and humility of Jesus. Too often we, much like the first century recipients of this letter, view our sufferings with weariness rather than joy, looking only to the temporary pain.

We have “forgotten the exhortation” regarding the chastening of God revealed in Proverbs 3:11-12. “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

It is through the discipline of God that we are made better. Without His guidance, which may come through discipline, we are lost. We cannot save ourselves; only He has that power. Thus we must “not refuse Him who speaks” but endure suffering and at times chastening, for “we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken.”

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

Hebrews 11:6. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Pray

Pray for strength to endure suffering and wisdom to seek correction when disciplined.

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