Hebrews Part 7 - Don’t Choose the Stew

— Hebrews 12:14-13:25

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  • Andrew Fountain — May 11th, 2011

Hebrews 12:14-15

  1. Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord.
  2. See to it:
    • that no one comes short of the grace of God,
    • that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. [quote from Deuteronomy 29:17-18]
    • 16that no one becomes an immoral or unholy person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17(For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing with tears.)
  1. “come short of the grace of God”
  2. Bitter root springing up (will come back to this)
  3. Esau: tell the story...



Deuteronomy 29:16-19

  1. You know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed.
  2. And you have seen their detestable things, their idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, which were among them.
  3. Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit,
  4. one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.

Hebrews 12:18-21

  • 18For you have not come
    • to something that can be touched,
    • and to a burning fire
    • and to darkness
    • and to gloom
    • and to a whirlwind
    • 19and to the blast of a trumpet
    • and to a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more.
      (20For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.”
      21In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.”)

Hebrews 12:22-24

  • 22But you have come
    • to Mount Zion
    • and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem
    • and to myriads of angels
    • and to the feast-gathered assembly of the firstborn sons, who are enrolled in heaven
    • and to God, the judge of all
    • and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made fully perfect,
    • 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant
    • and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s did.

Hebrews 13

  1. Brotherly love must continue.
  2. Do not neglect hospitality,
  3. Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them,
  4. Marriage must be honoured among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled,
  5. Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have,

  1. Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you;
  2. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!
  3. Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings.
  4. We have an altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from.
  1. Therefore, to sanctify the people by his own blood, Jesus also suffered outside the camp.
  2. We must go out to him, then, outside the camp, bearing the abuse he experienced.
  1. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging his name.
  2. And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,
  3. Obey your leaders and submit to them,
  4. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect.
  5. I especially ask you to pray that I may be restored to you very soon.
  6. Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ,
  7. equip you with every good thing to do his will, working in us what is pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

  1. Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, bear with my message of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you briefly.
  2. You should know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon, he will be with me when I see you.
  3. Greetings to all your leaders and all the saints. Those of Italy send you greetings.
  4. Grace be with you all.



Updated on 2011-05-13 by Andrew Fountain