Today’s Reading: Hebrews 10:19 – Hebrews 13
Highlights: Think of today’s reading as the practical application of the book of Hebrews. It begins by saying since we have these wonderful provisions through Jesus (such as access to God, a perfect High Priest, a better covenant and perfect sacrifice) we should draw near to God (10:22) and hold fast to our confession. He also says we should consider others – how we can stir up love and good works (10:24).
Next, in 10:26, the writer warns about failure to do these things – “if we deliberately go on sinning” – and tells of the rejection we will suffer. Rather than turn back we should remain faithful. This leads us in to chapter 11 with all its examples of faith. In chapter 12:2-3, our greatest example is Jesus who joyfully suffered for us.
Several practical applications are made as the book closes, including how we need to understand the value of chastening, marriage, covetousness, and brotherly love, and more.
In Hebrews 13:8 the writer says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” How does that statement encourage you? What might be the significance of it in the context of the book of Hebrews?