12.17 Hebrews 11-13

Crista Reaves


Hebrews 11-13

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

Hebrews chapter 11 begins the wonderful hall of faith. This chapter goes through various people in the Bible describing how they were faithful during trying times and reminds us that they “were made strong out of their weakness” (Hebrews 11: 34b). Chapter 12 is another encouraging chapter inspiring us to not give up, to be grateful, to flee from sin, and to know that God disciplines us because he loves us and desires for us to “share in his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10b). Finally chapter 13 is a great list of how disciples should live because we are compelled by Jesus’s love. We can show this by being hospitable, by being content with what we have, by staying pure, by holding strong to the Word of God, by submitting and obeying our leaders, and by doing good and sharing what we have.  

What is one key verse?

Hebrews 12:11 “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

How does what you read change your vision of God?

Reading chapters 11-13 reminds me that God is the one who diagnoses our sinful hearts and disciplines us in hopes of bringing us to repentance. It’s also a great reminder of how gracious God is, and how he provides and equips us with everything we need to go through this life faithfully. 

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

No discipline, trial, or hardship seems pleasant at the time but what it produces is what we should desire the most… to be closer to God and to share in his holiness. These chapters stressed to me that as a body of believers we have each other to go through life with. We get to encourage one another along the way by sharing our struggles and victories, by praying for one another, and by pushing one another to grow closer to God. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

When trials and struggles come my way I will seek to have a different focus than on the actual trial itself. Instead of dwelling on the trail and being anxious, stressed, and depressed I can be humble, take the time to pray and fast about my struggles, and ultimately deepen and grow in my faith.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

Jesus is mentioned throughout these last few chapters of Hebrews and it says that he suffered to sanctify us and to equip us with everything we need to do his will. So we truly have EVERYTHING we need to survive in this world while glorifying God!  

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