This weekend seemed befitting for the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 13:1-21
1 Keep on loving each other as brothers.
2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing
some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow
prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed
kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be
content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never
will I forsake you."
6 So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I
will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
7 Remember your leaders, who
spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and
imitate their faith.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and
9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange
teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by
ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.
10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the
tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries
the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies
are burned outside the camp.
12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to
make the people holy through his own blood.
13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the
disgrace he bore.
14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are
looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus,
therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of
lips that confess his name.
16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others,
for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17 Obey your leaders
and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an
account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that
would be of no advantage to you.
18 Pray for us. We are
sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.
19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be
restored to you soon.
20 May the God of peace, who through
the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep,
21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and
may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be
glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I do believe in angels visiting us in the most unusual places as well. There was a time when a man whom we'd never seen before during our drinking days showed up at the bar and sat next to us and started talking to us about Jesus. He knew things about us that there is no way he could have known even by guessing. It creeped us out at first, but then something came over me and I had a feeling he was an angel from heaven. From that day on, I started to hate alcohol. It started to make me sick to my stomach. Coincidence? I don't think so. Divine intervention, most definitely.
17-21 Reminds us of the importance of prayer, to obey, to respect what Jesus sacrificed for us. His sacrifice and His coming again, as was Easter.
May the Lord be with you constantly so that you may be in constant conversation. Recieving leadership through Him is the only way to live a good life. May your heart, eyes, and ears by open to Him. Let Him guide you through the days and the nights. May He bring peace to you. May we never forget the great sacrifice that God the Father, and Jesus Christ made for us. God be with you now and forever. Amen