Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 38 Day 2
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Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
The word rendered in English “exhort” if taken from the Greek parakaleo. As with so many words from the Greek the meaning is heavily nuanced and needs to be contextualized. To “exhort” someone almost sounds to our modern ears like the very worst imagery we may have filed away in our brains of an overbearing teacher or preacher who demands, condemns, and leaves us feeling small and trapped looking for a quick exit. But here the word, while every bit as powerful, means more likely to “encourage” one another to not give up when it seems easier to walk away from Jesus and the salvation we have received.
We have a responsibility to each other to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and not give up on them. There is no “Me and Jesus”. There is His Church which He is building and like it or not, comfortable or not, you are part of it as long as you depend on Jesus for His forgiveness and love.