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2016 November 30

Abraham with the Three Angels (1750-1780)
Francesco Zugno (c. 1708 - 1787)
Rococo Style
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Image Source: Wikimedia

     Explanation: Hebrews 13 contains a series of exhortations and encouragements. The opening commandment is crucial to the rest of the chapter. It says, "Let brotherly love continue." Nothing in the Christian life functions without love. The writer also urges his readers to practice hospitality toward strangers. He reminds them that some have thereby entertained angels unaware. He exhorts them to remember those who are in bonds as if they were in bonds with them. He urges them to sexual purity, reminding them that marriage is honorable among everyone, and the bed is undefiled, but God will judge sexual immorality and adultery. There seems to be an implication in the words "the bed is undefiled," that there is great latitude in marital sex. Restrictions in sex apply outside of marriage, but not so much within marriage. However, within marriage abuse and depriving a partner of sex are particularly forbidden. We should avoid being covetous, relying instead on the Lord, who said that he would never leave us nor forsake us, so that we may boldly say that the Lord is our helper, and he will not fear what man shall do to us (1-6).
     We should remember what our rulers in the church have taught us, and we should imitate their faith and their good behavior. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, we should be grounded in his stability and not be carried away with diverse and strange doctrines. Our hearts should be established with grace, not with rules about what to eat or not to eat. We have an altar which is not available to those who serve the Tabernacle. So we should identify with Jesus who was sacrificed outside the city. Here we have no continuing city. We have one in heaven. So we should offer the sacrifices of praise, of good works, and of giving to others (7-16).
      We should obey those who have rule over us in the church because they watch for our souls, hoping to do it with joy, not with grief (17).
     The writer asks for prayer for himself and for his fellow-workers. They live in good conscience and in honesty, and he hopes to be restored to them soon (18-19).
     The writer pronounces a benediction upon his readers, asking that the God of peace who raised Jesus will make them perfect in every good work to do his will and to be well-pleasing to him (20-21).
     The author asks his readers to be patient with his exhortations in the epistle. He sends greetings from those who are with him. He says that Timothy will come to them. He closes by wishing grace upon them (22-24).]
     [Sermons: Eric Alexander. Lee Gatiss. Paul Washer (On Popular Views of Marriage). Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's painting depicts the visit of the angels to Abraham. This seems to be alluded to in verse 2 of today's chapter. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Hebrews 13: Genesis 18:2; Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:5; Psalm 118:6; Leviticus 4:12, 21; Leviticus 16:27; Numbers 19:3; Micah 2:10. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

1. The Doctrine of Christ & its Implications (Hebrews 1:1 - Hebrews 10:39) - 60 A.D. Italy
2. The Exhortations to Believe Christ and to Obey Him (Hebrews 11:1 - Hebrews 13:25) - 60 A.D. Italy

Hebrews 13

2. The Exhortations to Believe Christ and to Obey Him (Hebrews 11:1 - Hebrews 13:25) - 60 A.D. Italy

     1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
     7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
     17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
     18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
     20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever [into the eons of the eons]. Amen.
     22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. 23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I I will see you. 24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. 25 grace be with you all. Amen.

Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.

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