Though in all sincerity I do believe in Jesus, yet I fear that after all he will disown me." Start well. The final sub-paragraph in this section is 12:14–17. The Christian life is a race. Good people we trust they are, and they do believe in Jesus, but somehow or other they do not see things clearly. We may faint when we are corrected by him (ver. The charge He gives is a proof of the concern He feels. In Hebrews chapter 12 there is a particularly encouraging contrast presented. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of ... as is the usage of some who make a sermon but matter of wit and fine oratory. To what an excess of trouble some children of God have been exposed! For example again: Nobody need be discouraged by sin, if only one will repent of it. Also, we can overcome discouragement by the law of faith. Ill health is a very frequent reason for a discouraged mood. II. 6. "There is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared.". Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Hebrews 12:1-3 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "LOOKING UNTO JESUS." Had he something better to feed upon, he might conquer his diseases. The NIV translates pornos as “sexually immoral” which is the literal meaning of the word. The Christian race is easy when the runners are strong and the course is smooth. Series. The main points in the "The Epistle To The Hebrews" are rather simple... a. Hebrews 12:18, 19 The Inferiority of Judaism. The text follows 12:4-11 and on the basis of understanding how God’s educative discipline works in our lives, we are to press on in the Christian life. "The feeble knees," tottering and paralyzed. Let not the faint yet sincere Christian yield to discouragement. He bids us to be considerate of them, because He Himself takes a warm interest in their welfare. Hebrews 12:12, 13. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Hebrews 4:12 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE WORD OF GOD." Apr 10, 1988. The way is, as far as possible, to front health, and in all right ways to determine to reach it. The mature ought to strengthen the weak (those close to shrinking back). THE LIABILITY TO FAINTNESS AND INFIRMITY IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. If you are a child of God, and you know your bearings, keep always as much as ever you can out of the jingle-jangle of controversy. NOTICE THE RELIGIOUS STATE OF THOSE WHO ANSWER TO THE DESCRIPTION GIVES IN THE TEXT. Hostile circumstances are causes of discouragement. Cheer the hearts when the limbs are weak. They have backslidden; they have been remiss in prayer, and forsaken communion with God, so it is no marvel that their walk betrays their weakness. And no man can be well or do well who is in the perpetual gloom of a shadowed heart. The Danger of Dull Hearing. Jun 22, 2012. Saddest, most sorrowful, of all the causes of lameness this which comes through a fall into any sin. 5. It is so with you. II. "Ah," say you, "I am no credit to Christianity. "That which is lame" indicates, says Afford, "that part of the Church which was wavering between Christianity and Judaism." Bad food is the cause of a thousand disorders. This condition is variously described in the text. In like manner, Christians must do the same (12:1–3). YOU lame ones who cannot walk without limping, I know bow you complain. DO YE ASK, THEN, WHAT HE SAYS WE ARE TO DO FOR THESE LAME ONES? Cessation of Christian effort. In your weakness lies your great strength. Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2, 3, 12). (5) By contemplation of "the prize of our high calling." Hebrews 12:22-24 The Superiority of Christianity. This condition is variously described in the text. Evidently, we ought to comfort them. From the discipline to which we are subjected. "THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS" The Earthly Sanctuary (9:1-10) INTRODUCTION 1. George Matheson wrote, “We commonly associate patience with lying down. Lift up the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees. But will you please give heed to the special instruction. Browse Sermons on Hebrews 12:12-13. If the whole congregation, by their united and consistent walk, trod a plain and beaten path for men's feet, these lame ones, though halting, would be easily able to keep in it, and, by keeping in the 'straight tracks,' would even acquire the habit of walking straight onward, and so be healed; but if the tracks were errant and confused, their erratic steps would deviate more and more, till at length they fell away out of the right way altogether.". Let all Christians in the strength of God press onward to the goal and to the crown. I. Relaxed hands and tottering knees may cause the Christian runner to give up running, and to relapse into ignoble ease. Hebrews 12:12-13 "Feeble Arms, Weak Knees, Straight Paths" Introduction Hebrews, if you remember, is a "word of exhortation" (Heb 13:22). The man who persistently thinks toward health is the man who will soonest get both into it and into its sunshine. Were we to compare Christians in general of the present day with those of the first ages, it would appear that they are grown weak and faint. "The hands which hang down," relaxed, enervated, incapable of vigorous or healthy action. Andrew Davis. 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Hebrews 12:4–11 is followed by a short paragraph 12:12–13 introduced by the conjunction dio, “therefore,” and a final short paragraph 12:14–17 concerning Esau’s failure. Yes, but you have brighter days to come. Tell the desponding that the Lord delighteth in mercy. "Strengthen" is literally "make straight," which is a word play on the next vers. 2. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Hebrews 1:1-12 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The author identified neither himself nor the people to whom he was writing. Why did not you say you wanted to get out before?" Hebrews 12:12. 3. The conclusion of v. 11 serves as the grounds for the exhortation in vv. And we must triumph over discouragement. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. How We Must Fight for Holiness. Some are greatly discouraged by inward conflicts, arising from the evil propensities of their own hearts. The Christian Treatment Of The Feeble. Lameness is not unfrequently the result of a fall. Lecture category. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Sermon Hebrews 12:1-2 A Gallery of Saints By Dr. Philip W. McLarty As most of you are aware, the day after Halloween – a.k.a., "All Hallowed Eve," is All Saints' Day, a day in which we pay tribute to those who've lived and died in the faith. Some are disheartened by repeated opposition from the enemies of religion. There is a peril intimated here; "lest that which is lame be turned out of the way." In the Divine economy the more care you require the more care you shall have. 1. Hebrews 12:12, 13 A Call to Steadfastness. Let there be no unnecessary stumbling-blocks to cause him pain. Oh, what trouble and what terror he can inflict upon us! I. PREPARATION FOR THE RACE. The superiority of Christ - He 1:1-7:28 b. There are days when the sky wears a steadily disappointing grey, and when an east wind of discouragement blows steadily through all its hours. How essential to the Christian character are brotherly kindness, charity, and a disinterested but affectionate concern for the spiritual and everlasting welfare of our fellow-Christians! SERMONS ON HEBREWS. The Lord Disciplines Those He Loves (Hebrews Sermon 63 of 74) Hebrews 12:4-11. "The hands which hang down," relaxed, enervated, incapable of vigorous or healthy action. The Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, evidently cares for the lame ones. We are to make straight paths because of lame people. Do you ask me how you can observe this precept? Weakened hands and paralyzed knees imply physical and emotional/spiritual exhaustion. Under such conditions it requires no little patience and heroism to keep moving onwards even at any pace; and the temptation to turn aside is very great. The steady asking of Him and the following of His directions will deliver from many of life's mazes and from its gloom. The first effect of discipline may be to discourage us, and this will probably lead to lack of earnestness and vigor in Christian life and service. It will be necessary, then, to be tender of their infirmity. Let us be concerned to remove the stumbling-block out of the way, and so to "make straight paths for their feet. To seek renewal of strength. Oftener we have ourselves hidden ourselves from God by doing what we know He cannot smile on. Hebrews 12:4–11 is followed by a short paragraph 12:12–13 introduced by the conjunction dio, “therefore,” and a final short paragraph 12:14–17 concerning Esau’s failure. Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-3. You cannot heal the man's bad foot, but you can pick all the stones out of the path that he has to pass over. A father, climbing up a steep and precipitous cliff at a summer watering-place, says that, to his astonishment, he heard his little boy calling out behind him, "Take a safe path, father, for I am coming after you." A frequent cause of spiritual discouragement is allowed sin. The slighter disappointments of life in most real way shadow the spirits. THE DUTY TO BE PURSUED IN FAINTNESS AND INFIRMITY IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. Memory may be used as an inspiration of hope and courage. However, given that it is coupled with “godless” as descriptive of Esau, the meaning is likely that of spiritual unfaithfulness. How shall we do this? Being good Presbyterians, we celebrate All Saints' Day on the Sunday Searchterm. “Peace” is emphatic by word order. We have but little of the zeal and activity which characterised the primitive Church. Warning and Encouragement. They seen to have been so from their very birth. If we do not triumph over it, it will triumph over us. Discipline misunderstood or resented may disable us for a time. Aug 31, 1997. It may be I am addressing some poor child of God who has been beset by Satan, the accuser of the brethren, and frightfully tormented. Verse 13 is a quotation of Prov 4:26 LXX (see the context of Prov 4:25–26). Full many of the Lord's sheep are lame because they have been worried. "It is safe to say that no great enterprise was ever yet inaugurated, sustained, or completed in any other spirit than that of hope. (3) By consideration of the uses and benefits of our trials and discipline (cf. There are two ways of conquering the discouragement. And that is what our Lord Jesus is for. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Hebrews 12:25-28 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE UNSHAKEABLES." 3. WHAT NOW SHALL I SAY TO YOU WHO FEEL YOUR OWN WEAKNESS AND INFIRMITY? John Piper Jun 22, 2012 3.4K Shares I.THE LIABILITY TO FAINTNESS AND INFIRMITY IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Scripture: Hebrews. For them the road is always rugged, the pastures unsavoury, and the waters turbid. (Isaiah 40:29-31). When Mr. Greatheart went with Muchafraid and Feeblemind on the road to the celestial city, he had his hands full. Andrew Davis. Both participles are in the perfect tense in Greek. Unholy Christians are the plague of the Church. Others, too, have been harassed by persecutors. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Let not the faint yet sincere Christian yield to discouragement. This is only too likely to happen. III. The description, however, is more particularly applicable to certain individual cases and characters amongst us, who need the compassion of their brethren, under their various difficulties and discouragements. Tell the distracted the Lord doth devise means to bring back His banished. The encouragement which we derive from St. Mark's history is, that the feeblest among us may, through God's grace, become strong; and the warning to be drawn from it is to distrust ourselves, and, again, not to despise weak brethren or to despair of them, but to bear their burdens and help them forward, if so be we may restore them. How lovely and how interesting is Christian society, whose object it is to strengthen and encourage each other in the way to heaven; and how wretchedly defective must it be, if it has not this tendency! . This is a sermon on Hebrews 12:12-13. See Neva Miller, The Epistle to the Hebrews: An Analytical and Exegetical Handbook, 399-408; J. Harold Greenlee, Hebrews: An Exegetical Summary, 530-43; and David L. Allen, Hebrews, 583-88, for more detailed exegetical and semantic analysis of the text. John Piper Oct 6, 2019 1K Shares Sermon. Some interpret vv. Since the Christian life is a race, let us examine the racecourse. All rights reserved. Fail Not to Obtain the Grace of God. I. 6. Scripture: Hebrews 12:14. Minister. They utterly failed, however, in getting out, and at last came to ask the old man if he could possibly tell them the path out of the maze. A new paragraph is begun with dio in v. 12 that ends in v. 13 and serves as a transition to the concluding exhortation of the paragraph begun in v. 4. For example, if one finds himself shadowed by ill health, he will increase both his ill health and the shadows which it casts by perpetual thought of it and constant attention to its symptoms. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “run with endurance” the race set before us. That all our difficulties and discouragements in the ways of God arise from ourselves, and from the evil that is in the world. The compassionate tenderness of the great Shepherd of the flock is left as a pattern for our imitation (Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 12:20). 14-17 as beginning a new section. 3. (4) By contemplation of the great multitude who have reached the goal and won the prize (cf. 2. Beware of catching a chill in religion. Church Membership, Marks and Purposes, The Purity and Unity of the Church, Church Dysfunction. THE DUTY OF CHRISTIANS TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER UNDER THESE DISCOURAGEMENTS. 2. Scripture: Hebrews 12:12… The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. In order to perform this duty aright, it is necessary to exercise much tenderness and forbearance towards those who are labouring under great discouragements. Hebrews 12:1-2 1. "The meaning seems to be," says Alford, "let your walk be so firm and so unanimous in the right direction, that a plain track and highway may be thereby established for those who accompany and follow you, to perceive and walk in (cf. Let all Christians in the strength of God press onward to the goal and to the crown. There is a something about their gait that is unsteady. Many a sickly man, instead of being dosed with drugs, needs to be nourished with wholesome meat. THE CHRISTIAN'S HELPFUL INFLUENCE. Sheep often get worried by a dog, and so they get lamed. We think of it as the angel that guards the couch of the invalid. Tell the backsliders that God never does cast away His people. Did our Lord Jesus Christ fail to bring His weak ones home, it would be much to His dishonour. His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. 2. Perhaps more still are lamed through the rough road of controversy. A departure from evangelical truth has weakened the strength of some by the way, and left them shorn of their dignity and glory. . April 29, 2012. (1) By believing prayer to God. "Let us learn from hence: 1. If you have to preach the gospel, preach it plainly. (2) By the recollection of former mercies. "Why," she said, "if I were happy I should think I had lost all my religion." "Why," he answered, "that is just what I am here for. Christians are often faint and feeble in our own times. You will find such unhappy souls in all our Churches; people who seem from their very conformation to be lame as to the matters of faith, and full of doubts and fears. Preach on topics including the priesthood of Christ, the new covenant, and the atoning death, resurrection, and ascension which made a way for entering the presence of … Let not the vigorous Christian despise the feeble and halting, but rather cheer and help them. 1. 2. 1). Warning and Encouragement. Hebrews 12:12-17 Falling Short of the Grace of God - John MacArthur The writer is quoting from Pr 4:26,27, cp Jer 18:15 cp highway of holiness Isa 35:8 Pr 4:26 Watch the path of your feet, And all your ways will be established. Tell the doubting that God is faithful. Some are ready to faint under difficulties and troubles of a worldly nature. The Suez Canal was not built, nor the ocean cable laid, nor the great war of a quarter of a century ago brought to a successful termination by men who were easily discouraged." 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”  so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. W. Jones. From the neglect of the means by which hope and effort are sustained. Piety may be sincere yet deficient in strength. 3. Related Sermons Select one: Running the Race (Hebrews 12:1-4) Running the Race (Hebrews 12:1-3) The Father’s Discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11) The Discipline of the Father (Hebrews 12:5-11) Discipline in the Fellowship — Part Three (Hebrews 12:7-17) Essentials of Christian Maturity (Hebrews 12:12-27) Yet there is a patience that I … I. Hebrews, Expository Sermons - From The Executable Outlines Series by Mark A. Copeland - Hundreds of free sermon outlines and Bible study materials available for online browsing and downloading. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. In athletic contests, like the Olympics, competitors will do whatever it takes to win - enduring countless hours of training, employing the best coaches, removing all distractions, discarding any excess, and seeking any avenue to gain an advantage. Think of him, and act accordingly. IN GOD'S FLOCK WHERE ARE ALWAYS SOME LAME SHEEP. Other sheep of Christ's flock are halt and lame because they have been ill-fed. Verse 17 is introduced by the Greek subordinating conjunction gar which provides the ground or reason for the preceding warning. Once more let me admonish you. Do not be negligent when your Lord is so vigilant. 12:12 This is an allusion to Isa. The writer of Hebrews said if we are going to run the Christian life with no distractions and not get off track, we must keep our eyes carefully focused on Jesus. 14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Exercises such as these are calculated to inspire moral courage, and increase spiritual strength, and promote Christian progress. ver. Besides, you know somewhat of our blessed Redeemer's covenant engagements. 2. In the larger context of Heb 12:1–11, the sense is “pursue ways that are directed straight to the goal” or “move in a straight direction with your feet.” The phrase “but rather healed” indicates “disabled” should be taken in its medical sense of “dislocation.”. You cannot give him a new leg, but you can make the road as smooth as possible. Hebrews 12:1–17 is closely connected with the preceding chapter by the use of the strong inferential conjunction toigaroun, “therefore,” which occurs only one other time in the New Testament. Hebrews 12:14 A Call to Diligence. Intro: Few things are more awesome than an earthquake. But God wants us to be happy; and the way out of the gloom of petty disappointments is by thought of Him and our many blessings. "Ah," says another, "I have had a weary life of it hitherto." The meaning of this command is usually taken as a striving to be at peace with other people. "Lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.". The Lord has graciously helped them through all their adversities. With some it is a cross temper; with others it is a general moroseness, which it does not seem as if the grace of God itself would ever cure in them; or it may be a natural indolence oppresses them; or it is quite possible that habitual impatience harasses them. "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength," etc. Now, the grace of God should eradicate these vices; it can and will, if you yield to its influence. Let not the vigorous Christian despise the feeble and halting. Still the trouble they have had to endure has told upon their hearts. Therefore, the father must "make straight paths for his feet," &c. It is a lesson running through all life and conduct. Search Clear filters Advanced Save this search Rss feed. From the discipline to which we are subjected. Sermon Bible Commentary. "Make straight paths Tot your feet, that that which is lame be not turned out of the way, but rather be healed." A genuine Christian may suffer with lameness in some element of his character or some faculty of service. Satan moves not for a thousand squibs and wit-cracks of rhetoric. 12-13. This feebleness may arise: 1. 5. Hebrews 12:12-17 New International Version (NIV). Instead of imitating Gideon's heroic three hundred who were "faint, yet pursuing" their fleeing foes, the feeble may relinquish the pursuit altogether. And he put the young men at once on the right track. Some are discouraged through distrust, and groundless fears of future ills. Verses 14–17 expand the command of v. 14. The inconsistencies of professors spread dismay among weak, desponding believers. 1. “Afterward” refers to the time after Isaac had given the blessing to Jacob. Hebrews 12:20, 21 The Inferiority of Judaism. By the law of opposites. 1. Intro: Our text looks at life as a race with a course to run, and a prize to gain. Let the strong bear the infirmities of the weak, remembering that they are a part of the mystical body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:21, 25). It is possible, and may be desirable, to construct two sermons from this passage: 12:12-13 and 12:14-17. Sort by. Hebrews 12:15 A Call to Examination. SOME OF THE WAYS IN WHICH WE MAY TRIUMPH OVER THIS SO COMMON MOOD OF DISCOURAGEMENT. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, etc. What was safe for the strong nerves and sturdy strength of the father, might be exceedingly perilous for the weak and unpractised step of the child. Some precious saints I have known have grown lame through a rough and weary way, just as sheep can be lamed if they are driven too fast, or too far, or over too strong a ground. The primary meaning of the text seems to be that the Christians addressed "are to guard against differences among themselves; they are not to quarrel with one another, but every one is to be earnestly intent on his own sanctification;" for without holiness no one shall see the Lord with joy. Intro. ... Scripture: John 15:11, Hebrews 12:12. Religious Cowardice. Others are distressed not only with the difficulties of life, but from being under the chastening hand of God. The despondency of some good people arises no doubt from a natural gloominess in their constitution, which disposes them to dwell on the dark side of every subject rather than on the other. Chapter. 4. Hebrews 12:12 Religious Cowardice. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, etc. * It is a contrast with God as He manifested Himself to people under the Old Covenant and His manifestation under the New … The man who persistently thinks toward sickness is the man who will gather about himself the gloom of sickness. Thus faintness may lead to failure. A Challenge to Wait and let God do His Work! Some of these people of God who are compared to lame sheep seem to have been so from their birth. "Because thou hast been my Help, therefore under the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.". Full many of the Lord's sheep have become lame through negligence, faintness, and the gradual declension of spiritual health. Lame sheep will commonly be found even in the tiniest flock. HOW tenderly the Lord cares for the lame! III. Another way in which our compassion may be exercised is to point out to one another the directions and consolations of the gospel, according as the case may require; and here the tongue of the learned is necessary to speak a word in season to him that is weary. ... As Jesus pointed out in the Sermon on the Mount, moral purity must begin on the heart level. We talk about the hiding of God's face from us. John Piper Apr 10, 1988 73 Shares Sermon. 3. But oh, it is very difficult when the hearts are heavy, and the hands nerveless, and the limbs are lamed, and the way is rough and steep! Little good ever comes of your subtle disputations, but they do gender much strife. THE DANGER ARISING FROM FAINTNESS AND INFIRMITY IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. You are strong, and have no need to be afraid of rough places; but perchance there is a weak and crippled brother coming after you, who will stumble and fall where you tread firmly. From the neglect of the means by which hope and effort are sustained. The use of “as you know” intimates a well-known fact which will not be questioned by the readers. However, the content of the book, including the frequent references to the Hebrew Scriptures, makes it clear that he was writing to Jewish If there is a slough, they will fall into it; if there is a thicket, they will get entangled by it; if there is an error, they will run foul of it. Sermon. SermonAudio.com - Hebrews 12 Sermons. Would you make straight paths, then take care that your teaching is always according to the Bible. Besides, have you never noticed a constitutional tendency in some professors to stumble and get lame? John Piper Apr 10, 1988 73 Shares Sermon.  Strive for peace with … Deviation from the Christian course. The Church's Commitment to Holiness (Hebrews Sermon 64 of 74) Hebrews 12:12-17. Event. When the "terra firma" is not so "firma" it gets rather terrifying. 1. 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