Friday, November 26, 2010

Hebrews 13:17-25

17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.
23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.
24 Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.
25 Grace be with you all.

Questions to consider:
  • What is you responsibility to those in “spiritual” authority? Why?
  • How does the author regard intercessory prayer?
  • How does the benediction summarize the teaching of the letter concerning what God has done for the Hebrews and will do in them?
  • Rephrase verse 21 as God’s personal promise to you.
  • What is your response to this letter as we reach its end.

Possibilities for prayer:

It can sometimes be difficult to submit to the authority of people above us. But as the author of Hebrews says, the person in authority has much responsibility and often bears a heavy burden. Let’s ask God to make us people that make the work of those in authority a joy. Let’s ask for a spirit of humility, of collaboration, in order to benefit not only those in authority above us but also to bring glory to God.