Summary: A look at how the writer of Hebrews spurs on the children of God. A semi outline semi manuscript. Powerpoint is available upon request
Spur one another on
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews was written amidst a growing number of Jewish Christians forsaking their new found truth and reverting back to the bondage of Judaism.
There is no real way to tell who wrote the letter. Many scholars believe it was Paul for several reasons, but there is no way to be absolutely sure.
Written to jewish Christians who were beginning to abandon their faith, moving back to idol worship as a result of persecution.
Ever think of abandoning your faith?
Every just want to “chuck it all”
Ever just get tired of living the Christian life?
Ever been persecuted, laughed at, made fun of, for being a Christian?
That’s where these Christian jews were at. They were tired and done.
The writer of Hebrews has some good advice for us as Christians to combat these feelings:
1. Spur one another one another toward love
In her book, "Living with Love," Josephine Robertson tells a story. "In 1883, a youthful clergyman, the Rev. Joe Roberts, arrived by stagecoach in a blizzard to minister to the Indians of Wyoming. This great, wild area had been assigned to the Protestant Episcopal Church by President Grant. Soon after Joe Roberts arrived, the son of the chief was shot by a soldier in a brawl, and Chief Washakie vowed to kill the first white man he met. Since this might mean the start of a long, bloody feud, young Roberts decided to take action. Seeking out the tepee, fifteen miles away in the mountains, he stood outside and called the chief’s name. When Washakie appeared, Roberts opened his shirt. "I have heard of your vow," he said, "I know that the other white men have families, but I am alone. Kill me instead."
The chief was amazed and motioned him into his tent. "How do you have so much courage?" he asked. Joe Roberts told him about Christ, His death, His teachings. They talked for hours. When Joe left, the chief of the Shoshones had renounced his vow to kill and resolved to become a Christian. Washakie had seen love in action. Every group which calls itself Christian would do well to decide what it should do to make love visible in the home, church, community, and world. For unless love becomes visible it is not love at all.
Spur = Encourage, stimulate
Love = Agape love, brotherly love
Adam Clarke provides a paraphrase of Hebrews 10:24 that should help us to understand what Paul means:
Let us diligently and attentively consider each other’s trials, difficulties, and weaknesses; feel for each other, and excite each other to an increase of love to God and man; and as proof of it, to be fruitful in good works.
Look back over your week.
Can you recall times when you encouraged someone else this week?
Can you recall a time when someone encouraged you this week?
Did you take any time to let someone else know that they are succeeding?