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HEBREWS 11: 23-25, 32-39

THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – JANUARY 14, 2004

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Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
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But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion for those that were in prison, and you cheerfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves possessed something better and more lasting. 35 Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings great reward. 36 For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. 37 For yet “in a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay; 38 but my righteous one will live by faith. My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back.” 39 But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.
Background Writer: Unknown. Probably a Hebrew from the second generation of Christians. It is also unclear as to whom the letter was written to, but Hebrews generally seeks to transition these believers from the teachings and philosophy of the old testament to those of the new testament. 65-69 A.D. The text refers to the temple still standing in Jerusalem, which was sacked in AD 70.

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What’s Going On: Since we don’t know who this was written to, we don’t know about any specifics of the persecution referred to. Obviously at this time many believers were persecuted and jailed. The quote in v.37-38 is paraphrasing quotes by Jesus (in Luke 21:19 and 18:8) but also from the obscure prophet Habakkuk (Hab 2:3-4).

St. Matthews Emmaus Groups Facilitator’s Biblical Equipping: Jan-April 2004

HEBREWS 11: 23-25, 32-39
THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – JANUARY 14, 2004 Explore (Go light here because of the lack of context):
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How does this community keep their confidence and faith in the face of adversity? What is the Day that’s approaching? What is the reward that is promised?

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Connect
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Why is it important for believers to meet with one another? How have some of our struggles and sufferings served to strengthen our faith? How can we keep from shrinking back?

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Prepare Everyone writes down how they plan to apply the concepts discussed here to their daily life in the ensuing week. We will discuss how that went during Check In next week.