October 11, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Hebrews 11-13
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Context: Chapter 11 offers many examples of faith by Old Testament characters. When reading their stories in the Old Testament, it can sometimes be difficult to comprehend the great faith they had in the Lord. We are at a disadvantage because we already know the outcome of the story. But they did not know! They had no idea what was to come! They were likely mocked, ridiculed, and called fools by their friends and family. Prophets were stoned and imprisoned for their faith in the Lord. Chapter 12 is one of encouragement. We are not alone in our work for Christ, but surrounded by others working towards the same goals and also facing the struggles that we face. Those struggles are opportunities for the Lord to discipline and teach us. We should not refuse His discipline, but strive to live holy lives for Him. Chapter 13 concludes this letter by encouraging the readers to show love to one another and encourage one another. The author also encourages prayer and to stay focused on the example of Jesus Christ. They are to focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ and not entertain strange teachings. This chapter offers advice which believers can still follow today.