Hebrews 13 - Angels and Blessings

Hebrews 13:2 - Back when I was in college, I spent an internship in NYC. Some brothers win the church affiliated with mine took me in and allowed me to stay with them for the 3 months I was there (that's a story in itself). One of my roommates was named Angel. He told me about how months earlier a young man who had just been baptized came to him in service and thanked him for the talk they had and how it had been instrumental in his decision to follow Jesus. Angel was sure he had never met him before, it must have been someone else. But the man insisted that on a certain subway several nights before he had run into him and sat down and talked about his decision, talking through it. Angel had never been on that train before, in fact I think he had been working that night. The man was certain it was Angel, however, an not someone else.

They concluded that it must have been an actual Angel that had met him.

Hebrews 13:5-6 -

be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we can confidently say,

"The Lord is my helper;

I will not fear;

what can man do to me?"

I think many disciples of Jesus get far too worked up about what man can do to them. They are fearful of their finances or their job security or who might get elected next more than they are aware of Him who has claimed them. Our lives and our speech should point to the everlasting security of the Lord in all things more than the things of the Earth that we believe may or may not bring security now.

Hebrews 13:10 - "We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat." What a bold statement to make to an audience of Jews, and what a conclusion tucked into a simple sentence in the middle of these closing paragraphs. Those who cling to the old ways have no right to the blessings of Christ that we Christians enjoy.

Hebrews 13:14 - As I read earlier of those in the OT who looked ahead to the promised messiah but never saw what we have, I felt a bit of sadness for hem. Yet in this verse I see that we share in their view ahead of things promised but not yet seen. One day, both they and us will see in full.

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