Date: 2017-03-20 21:27
In your early Christian days, you were pointed at, and regarded as quite singular for being servants of Christ or, possibly, it was not yourselves so much as your pastors, your leaders, your friends who were prominent in the church, at whom the arrows of the adversaries were aimed. They shot at you through them and, sometimes, that pained you much more than when they distinctly attacked you. Altogether, it was “a great fight of afflictions” that you had to endure.
Oh, that he had more consideration at our hands! Consider him you cannot know all his excellence, all his value to you, except he is the subject of your constant meditation. Consider him think of his nature, his offices, his work, his promises, his relation to you: “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus ” —
It was blundering faith, for Jacob deceived his father, and Isaac himself made mistakes in giving his blessing yet even his mistakes were all right in God’s sight. It was by faith that he blessed both his sons, and therefore I gather that a faith which blunders, if it be faith in God, is an acceptable faith.
A sure proof that he believed they would come out of Egypt, for he would not be buried among the Pharaohs, though a prominent place would have been assigned to him there but he would have his bones lie with those of his ancestors, Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob.
In vv 88, 89 faith lay in the future to them far more than it does to us, for Christ has now come, and we look hack to that glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior, but they had altogether to look forward.
Heb is important: if the priesthood changes, so does the law. He returns to this point later when speaking of the new covenant.
We shall never be fit for the Heavenly Canaan unless we first pass through the wilderness. There are certain things about us which require this, so thus it must be.
The Greek is, to stir each other up to a paroxysm of love. There is no fear that we shall ever go too far in our love to God though it should cast us into a state of blessed excitement, yet would it be healthy for us so to live and so to work.
In searching for a terminus post quem (. 8775 earliest possible date 8776 ), if the audience was in Rome then Heb ( 8775 you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood 8776 ) would indicate that the letter was written before Nero attacked the Roman Christians in 65.