Hebrews #20 Chapter 13
In the last few weeks, we’ve seen that Hebrews 12 begins and ends with two conclusion statements: 12:1-2 & 12: 28-29. Read these two parts of Hebrews 12 again and spend some time meditating again on what these verses are saying – they provide a crucial foundation for the coming chapter!
As we look to Jesus, spend some time in prayer to God, thanking Him for the Kingdom have received and bringing our hearts to an attitude of reverence and awe (12:28).
The author of Hebrews tells us in 12:28 that the correct response to what’s been said is to ‘offer to God acceptable worship’. The last chapter of the whole book gives us numerous examples of what this ‘acceptable worship’ looks like.
*Important Note: As we make our way through these instructions in Hebrews 13, let’s make sure (1) to recall exactly what the author means from earlier in Hebrews, and (2) that our motivation to do these acts of ‘acceptable worship’ is constantly found by ‘looking to Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of our faith’.
Read Hebrews 13:1-6. What do each of these instructions mean, and why does this matter to the original audience of the letter? Why do these instructions matter to us today?
Read Hebrews 13:7-19. Again, what are the specific instructions, what do they mean and what do we learn about what the original hearers were going through? What does the author say specifically about Jesus and how does this help the original audience?
How do these instructions work out for us today?
Read Hebrews 13:7-19 again. The author makes multiple references to church leaders (v7 & v17-19) – why does he do this? How does this shape our view of our leaders (and yourself if you are a leader now in church)?
Read Hebrews 13:1-25. Meditate on the closing benediction in v20-21. Are there any parts of Hebrews that you recall and helps us feel the weight of these words?
Spend some good time praying these words for your own heart.