Final Comments

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Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.

I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.

Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.

Grace be with you all.

Hebrews 13:22-25

We don’t know for sure who wrote this letter to the Jewish Christians of Rome, but we do know why he wrote it. He was concerned for the people there who were having to deal with such a terrible ordeal at the hands of Nero, one of history’s great villains.  These brothers and sisters in Christ had been pushed to the wall and were in danger of losing much more than their lives, so he wrote one of the most amazing letters ever written.

The author gave them a real glimpse of glory, God’s glory through Jesus Christ, and also of  the glory that awaits His followers.  With his continuing message of holding on to what we have in Christ, he hoped to see these people through their ordeal and to come with them to the ultimate glory beyond this earthly vale, that true glory which is forever ours in Christ.

As we read these last few verses, how can we miss the love with which he writes?  Here is a man who is feeling for his flock, here is a man who truly cares about God’s people. Have you noticed that the word “love” is not mentioned in these verses?  Yet it is evident in the emotion behind the words.  This is love in action! This man knew of the suffering in Rome, felt for his people and took up his pen.  He didn’t simply say “I love you,” he showed them his love through his concern, and in the process he gave them the strength to carry on.  Yes, dear reader, we can learn so much from our study of this great letter to the Hebrews!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to Final Comments

  1. paulfg says:

    Don. For this roadtrip or meander or walk through Hebrews – Thank You. Even to the end – your phrase that the word “love” is never mentioned – yet infused throughout: “who truly cares …”

    Right to the last few words – you always bring another scent I missed, another detail I had passed by, another leaf pulled back revealing yet another hidden thought.

    I remain confused why Hebrews has the perception of a hard text – particularly after being shown how simple are these words. Yet for a teacher who makes the bible simple each time – who squeezes the juice so effortlessly (as least from the supping side) – thank you again. I am glad to receive His gift through your gift.

  2. Equipping The Saints says:

    Thank you for your post. Please keep up your good work. Blessings to you,

  3. scythewieldor says:

    I’ll be going back to the beginning of this series. I liked these last few entries. Hebrews was written from Italy. I believe that Paul was in Rome, Italy when he asked Timothy to come bringing Mark, a cloak, and some parchments. Luke told us that, while under house arrest there, Paul could receive and teach all the visitors he wanted. I believe Timothy must have arrived and, subsequently, been made a prisoner (just like Paul), and, then, released. I believe that the words of the book of Romans make it clear it was written to gentiles and Jews in Rome. Hebrews was written to Jews (the only known Hebrews) who had converted to Christianity, and, for which, were persecuted In and dispersed from Jerusalem.

  4. Elaine says:

    Thank you for this wonderful series Don!

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