Hebrews 10:19-39 – September 15
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Hebrews 10:19-39 – A Call to Persevere in Faith
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,
“In just a little while,
he who is coming will come
and will not delay.”
“But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.”
39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
Spur One Another On | Becky Newman
My Bible notes that starting in verse 10:19, Hebrews becomes more practical. Yay! That will make SOAP-ing easier! The Hebrews audience was falling away from their belief in Jesus — “shrinking” as it’s phrased in verses 38-39 — due to persecution, but also it seems that verses 24-25 imply isolation was contributing. They were trying to go back to their comfortable Jewish faith and traditions because being a Christian was getting too uncomfortable. Our commands straight from the mouth of Jesus are to love God above all, but not in isolation, because the second command is to love others. God uses the Spirit in others to encourage and “spur” us on to persevere in this world, not forgetting the rewards waiting for us in heaven.
These verses are perfect God-timing for the start of a new life group semester next week! My moms group and volunteer gardening group haven’t stopped meeting for the last two years, and these verses are good reminders to make sure, as a leader, that every week needs to be encouraging and spurring. Also, as my husband and I start hosting a new life group, it’s important to set these things as the basis in the beginning to establish why we are meeting in a group outside of the church — to encourage and spur. And one-on-one relationships with believers is also very important to get into the deepest parts and encourage heart change, so I just texted my friend to meet up for coffee/tea tomorrow while my little guy is at Parents Day Out.
Father, You have not placed me in isolation in this world. Thank You for the gift of fellow believers in my life who spur me on and encourage me. Help me to spur others on and encourage, all for Your glory. Please bless the life groups I’m involved in and help us to remember these basics each week, help us to spur on! I especially pray for our new group on Monday to be brave and take the risk of walking into a stranger’s home, unite in our faith, get comfortable with one another, and encourage one another.
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