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Disciplined To Share His Holiness

Hebrews 12:10

Discipline, with love, firmness and self-control, is an essential part of child-rearing. The child whose parents exercise no discipline is not well prepared to live and work in a world where they cannot be the centre of attention all the time. To be a disciple is to be a learner: learning from parents and peers, teachers and trainers, how to relate and cooperate with others to produce a harmonious and productive community. Of course, some of that training may be wrong and therefore hurtful; some may be inadequate and therefore wasteful.

Discipline Brings A Harvest

Hebrews 12:11

This letter is written to believers who were under pressure to retreat from their relationship with Jesus into traditional religion. Persecution was real and would increase. At the same time those who trusted in Jesus had much to learn.

Be Ready For Discipline

Hebrews 12:12-13

This verse follows a series of explanations about the Lord's discipline: it is evidence that we are loved by God as His children (

Be Ready For Peace And Holiness

Hebrews 12:14

Peace requires hard work! It is an illusion to think that peace will come from emptying your mind and doing nothing. Certainly, we need rest of body and mind, but neither automatically bring peace to our hearts. Peace is not just rest; it is the confidence that there is nothing to disturb our relationships. We live in a world of conflicts, where human beings are not in harmony with each other or their Maker.

Be Ready To Root Out Bitterness

Hebrews 12:15

This verse focuses on bitterness. What is it? Sinful worship, relationships and attitudes such as resentment, grumbling, complaining are all included as poisonous fruit of this invasive and malignant weed. For those sins God judged His wilderness people, and warns His New Testament church (1 Corinthians 10:6-10).

Don't Despise God's Blessing

Hebrews 12:16-17

It may seem strange for the writer to link sexual immorality with Esau's greedy heart attitude, caring about nothing except that his immediate hunger was satisfied. The link is covetousness: an impulsive, greedy passion for satisfaction with no thought about the consequences to others. They are also linked in

In Awe Not Terror

Hebrews 12:18-21

As this letter draws to its close, the writer summarises that although God has not altered in any way, the way in which His people can approach Him, has now changed.

In Awe And In Joy

Hebrews 12:22-24

Today's verses are the second part of a comparison between the people who lived under the law (Hebrews 12:18-21) and those who put their faith in Jesus Christ (

Do Not Refuse To Obey

Hebrews 12:25

The challenge for God's people has always been the same. It is not enough to acknowledge that He is the Lord: we must obey Him. That tension is seen throughout Israel's history, and in all the key leaders such as Abraham, Moses and David. It is our struggle too. The writer gave this warning as he concluded his letter and wanted his Jewish background readers, and those from a Gentile background too, to stop resisting the Lord and wake up to God’s call to true discipleship.

God Shakes What Cannot Last

Hebrews 12:26-27

When God met Moses on Sinai, it was a terrifying experience for His people. The mountain shook and the people shook with fear. They understood, deep down, that God was pride-shatteringly powerful and holy; they were utterly vulnerable in their weakness and unholiness. About a thousand years later, the prophet Haggai said that there was more shaking to come: "This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.'" (Haggai 2:6)