Carefully Walking TogetherRev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., May 17, 2020
Part of the Hebrews series.
It is with amazement and joy that I sit here today writing this note to you! In our study of the Epistle to the Hebrews we have arrived at a brief passage that is so wonderfully well-timed. It is exactly what we need at this moment! With all that is within me, I believe that in eternity past our loving heavenly Father planned the sweet intersection of our current crisis and these blessed and inspired words!
In Hebrews 3:12-13 we read:
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
There is much gold in this passage that we will attempt to extract on Sunday. But what is most significant for us is the command that we find in verse 13, “ But exhort one another.”
Here we encounter one of the richest words in the New Testament, “ exhort,” and the command associated with it, “ exhort one another every day.”
As we will see on Sunday, the dominant meaning of this word rendered “ exhort” is to comfort. And it speaks of sacrificially and unselfishly giving “ one another” such comfort and encouragement, each and every day as we travel together though the ‘wilderness’ on our way to our Father’s eternal “rest.”