EHebrews 12:7–8 ESV
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?—————————————-
Some people—especially the prosperity gospel ones—are abhorred by the very thought of God not giving them everything they want. But the discipline of ENDURING hardship, persecution, God not answering our prayers in the way we expect, and such like, condition us to have more faith, love, and hope. We are not inclined to welcome discipline, but we should not be discouraged by it. God is lifting us to higher spiritual heights through it.
Hebrews 12:3 ESV
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Jesus endured hostility by the grace of God to the point of accepting crucifiction. In doing so, he championed the cause of endurance. He is our hero of endurance. We look to him today to help us—with the same grace by which he conquered—to endure the unbelievable hostility we Christians increasingly face. Jesus bolsters our courage with his incredible joy and his peace that surpasses all understanding.
Hebrews 12:2 ESV
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus endured all the excruciating suffering and shame his sacrifice for our sins required—for the JOY of saving you and me. How can we not love him and serve him and experience the great JOY he gives us in the process.
Hebrews 12:1–2 ESV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.
1. Lay aside every weight—anything that bogs us down and slows our progress
2. Lay aside the sin which clings so closely—the poison to spiritual life and wellbeing
3. Run with endurance by
Looking to Jesus—receive his faith, hope, and love
Hebrews 11:29 ESV
By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.————————————————
God will make a way for his people to follow him even if he has to part the Red Sea and destroy those who oppose. It is no harder for God to part the Red Sea than to stop the rain. A huge obstacle is removed by the same word of his power as a much smaller one. Things like the size, the strength, and the weight of what stands in the way is no issue. The only issue is faith. It takes faith to move God to make a way.
Hebrews 11:28 ESV
By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.———————————————
The first Passover happened just before the Israelites left Egypt. A lamb was killed for each household and eaten by the family. And its blood was put on the doorposts and the lintel. The last necessary Passover took place on the day Jesus offered himself on the cross, showing that he was the final, ultimate lamb of God to take away our sins. Mose offered the first offering by faith. We must place our faith in the last offering to be saved.
Hebrews 11:27 ESV
By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.———————————————
Seeing God by faith—not by sight—gives us power to endure the threats, dangers and hardships we see, hear, and feel. For seeing God by faith is to comprehend that God will help us to endure what we see as impossible to endure without him. We can even fearlessly defy earthly kings and governments when they defy God.
Hebrews 11:24–25 ESV
By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. ————————————————
By faith Moses chose eternal life and a powerful relationship with God over the fleeting pleasures of sin, and eternal death—quite a sensible choice. What choice are you making?
Hebrews 11:23 ESV
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his paren, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.——————————————-
Faith conquers the fear of reaction from the world to doing God’s will. The world (the system that tries to operate apart from God) often gets full of rage when we act to please God—especially when we testify that we are acting on God’s direction. Faith gives us courage, like Moses’s parents had, to do right in the face of all this world May throw at us.
Hebrews 11:17 ESV
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,——————————————
In offering up his only son, Abraham’s faith in God’s promise to bless the world through Isaacs descendents was tested. Abraham stood the test. And as a result, God’s promise to him was fulfilled in Jesus—God’s offering of his only Son to be our Savior. Now we can stand the test of our faith through the power Jesus gives us and reap the great results of the promises he gives us.