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Hebrews 10:25

Feb 11, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  10 Comments

Monday, 11 February 2019

…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

The author continues his exhortations to his audience. Before looking at his words, remember that the specific audience consists of Hebrews. However, the truths found in the epistle often include truths which pass over to all believers at any given time. The work of Christ is one – for Jew and for Gentile. The church is one, whether made up of Jew or Gentile or both. Understanding this, he builds on what was just said with the words, “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”

How will this come about unless believers are around one another? With this thought in mind, he continues with, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” The word translated as “assembling” is not the usual word for a called out assembly (ecclesia), but is rather one used only one other time, by Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 2:1 – episunagógé. It signifies “a specific (act) ‘grouping together’ that fulfills (builds on) the specific purpose of the gathering together” (HELPS Word Studies). In it can be seen the basis of the word “synagogue.”

Scholars are divided on the exact intent of the word; but rather than meaning “assembly,” as in the church body itself, it more probably means the “assembling,” signifying the gathering together of the people for the set purposes of worshiping God, and exhorting one another (as was stated explicitly in the previous verse). The reason for the specific wording, then, is to make a distinction between a synagogue where attendance was mandatory, regardless of what occurred while there, and simply gathering together for a set purpose, regardless as to the location. One could, in modern times, think of a person attending online as being a part of an assembly, even if not in the specific place. They are online in order to worship God, and they can – through the chat rooms – exhort one another at the same time.

The author then says, “as is the manner of some.” It is evident that some thought they could “go it alone,” and that being an island in their faith was acceptable. He reveals to them that this is not so. Whatever their reason for failing to gather, the author implies that their reasoning does not bear up under scrutiny. But rather, it is an excuse without any true basis when compared to the call to assemble.

He then gives a contrast. Instead of forsaking the assembly, they were directed to gather together for the purpose of “exhorting one another.” The words “one another” are inserted, but they are implied in the intent. The exhortation (or better, encouragement) is a two-way street. Some need to be built up at one time, others require it at other times. Those who forsake the assembly probably need it more than those who do not.

Finally, the author encourages this gathering together “so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” For the first-century Jews, there was great persecution lying ahead. This was spoken to them plainly by Jesus, and it was understood that the temple would be destroyed and the people would be scattered (along with all the other horrors spoken of by the Lord).

But this also applies to those Jews who will come to realize that Christ is the Messiah after the rapture of the church. As noted in previous commentaries, Hebrews is logically placed after Paul’s Gentile-led church age epistles as an indication that the words are actually more relevant to the Jews of the end times than at any other time. They will need to assemble and continue exhorting one another as the Day of Christ’s second coming draws near.

Life application: This is the most specific verse in the Bible telling believers (the truths here apply to all in intent) to not fail to assemble with other believers. All other verses merely imply attendance in some way or another. In other words, Jesus speaks of taking matters “to the church” in Matthew 18:17. Paul mentions the duties of elders and deacons in his epistles. To the Colossians, he says, “Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea” (Colossians 4:16). This implies people are assembling, and that their gathering is regularly set. Jesus tells John, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea” (Revelation 1:11). Again, this implies that these churches would receive and hear the words of the letter while meeting. The implied evidences are many and there’s no excuse for failing to meet. The age-old excuse that “The church is filled with hypocrites” is:

– True.
– A feeble excuse.
– Implies that the person stating this lives hypocrite-free the rest of his life, but such is not the case; everyone is guilty of hypocrisy.

People who find an excuse to not assemble with others don’t have problems with the church, but problems with themselves. Be sure to not forsake the gathering together with other believers for the worship of God, for gaining knowledge of the word, for personal edification, for encouragement of self and others, and for prayers which are lifted up to God.

Lord God, You’ve ordained that believers in Christ Jesus meet together as a congregation. You wouldn’t have done so unless it was honoring to You and beneficial to us. Therefore, give us the wisdom, the desire, and the ability to regularly meet and raise holy hands to Your honor and glory! Amen.

10 Comments

  • i enjoy this grouping together every morning . thank you all

  • On the chat during prophecy update and before, I mentioned that my mega church is meaning less to me than TSW. What I feel is that merely attending a church where you are literally thronged about with people you don’t know, and then leaving is a disturbing feeling. Now I do attend a small group of 8 couples from that church and we have our own “chat” during that time. So my wife and I appreciate that assembling together. The fellowship that I experience in chatting with other TSW folks is very dear to me, and even without face to face knowledge of them, they are fast becoming friends, starting with Charlie!!! Love you all

    • Thank you so much!

  • Gordon, love you too for sharing your heart, and Ruth is wonderful too. It’s important to hear from Sean and Dan as well, Thanks to all!

  • I too enjoy our assembling together on line. John, I can identify with you.I attend a mega church not far from where I live. I feel very alone among the crowd. Nobody knows you and you do not get any opportunity to interact with anyone. The pastor is inaccessible. He does not interact with people except on Facebook. I have found friends on TSW. I can email my bearded Pastor Charlie and he always responds giving me guidance or encouragement where I need it. I have made a close connection with Nance and Nick from California. They lift up my prayer requests to the Lord. On this medium I have made wonderful friends with all of you .One day,very soon,we will meet each other.. I am always encouraged by our brother’s words ” we fly soon.”. Thank God for all these great blessings. You are my church family. I love you dearly.

    • Hallelujah!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Bless you all , I love you, thank you Charlie and everyone at the superior word!

  • Amen and Amen this group and the TSW have been both life changing and life saving for me.
    I totally agree we can be be in a mega church and yet feel totally alone and out of touch with the lord. Myself I feel like i am in left feel all alone even when surrounded by family because they don’t want to hear anything I have to say about salvation and I desperately want to share it with them, with everyone. I want them to get on board with me so we can work together to reach out to the rest of our family and friends but thats not going to happen. The moment I bring something up I get those omg here he goes again looks. Its killing me but I had to stop beating my head against the wall and hand them over to the lord and move on. The lord has been gracious to me and crazy as it sounds I have been able to witness to some people when I take my Dog for a walk. Yes scary at first but Brady (my dog) has proved to be a great ice breaker for me as the conversation will go from him to world events i.e crazy weather and earthquakes and right in to Do you know about the rapture lol ya kinda subtle but it has worked sometimes. its so very exciting and rewarding when they really want to talk with me and listen to what I have to say. Doesn’t happen often but when it does WOW. It would be better if my family and friend could share this with me but oh well. The life saving part is being here with you all and sharing our thoughts and questions about the lord and the world. Its like being home with an encouraging family, encouraging in all things. I can relate and feel your pain when you talk about lost family and friends but we come together in hope and prayer for positive out comes. Being able to share with you all my thoughts is a huge stress relief form because there are times I need to say or share things or I will explode it seems I need to talk about the lord and I need to share the lord with others and you my friends have been a blessing to me and I thank you all. I can’t wait to meet you all in the clouds very soon. Not for nothing but have you all been doing a lot of thinking about your new life in heaven lately??? The last few weeks its been crazy for me as I am thinking all the time what will it be like how will I change what will i be able to do etc etc etc Its like I am getting prepped for the unknown ya weird but thats me. Just a thought. 🙂 Thank you all and thank you Charlie we are so blessed that the lord has lead us all to you for sound Doctrine and teaching of Gods word and for showing us Jesus is everywhere in the New and the Old Testaments The Superior Word is our gathering and our refuge until that day we go home with the lord Amen and God bless you all

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace Mercy and Peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

    OMG i just re read this, my fingers went into auto pilot mode lol so much for just a few lines of agreement lol

    • You got those typing fingers going for this post. Bless you brother. It is marvelous to share with all at the church!

  • Have a blessed evening everyone <3

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