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Hebrews 13:15

May 20, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Monday, 20 May 2019

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15

The words should state, “through Him,” not “by Him.” It is through Christ Jesus that God’s people are to “continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God.” This is a direct link to the thank (also known as “fellowship”) offerings that were offered under the Law of Moses. The same word is used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament in Leviticus 7:12 where that offering is named. It was through such an offering that such praises were ordained. Later, it is then used in Psalm 50:14 (and elsewhere) in the sense of giving praise to God –

“Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.”

Unlike the sacrifices for sin and trespass, which looked to restoration between God and His people, a peace offering was made for the preservation of the relationship. People would make these offerings. A portion of them was burnt upon the altar to God, and a portion was eaten by the offerer. In this, there was a meal being enjoyed between the two. This is somewhat analogous to our taking of the Lord’s Supper now. The author is showing that in praising God through Jesus, we are offering “the fruit of our lips.”

In this, similar terminology is found in the Proverbs and Hosea –

“A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.” Proverbs 18:20

&

“Take words with you,
And return to the Lord.
Say to Him,
‘Take away all iniquity;
Receive 
us graciously,
For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.’” Hosea 14:2

The idea of the “fruit of the lips,” or the “sacrifice of the lips,” is that which is produced through the lips. When one speaks something vile, that is what is produced. When one speaks praises to God, that is what is produced. To praise God, through Jesus, is considered as a peace-offering to God in that it is pleasing to Him. This is then acknowledged as “giving thanks to His name.”

In properly worshiping the Creator in this way, it is showing reverence for the plan which He orchestrated for the redemption of man, and which He alone has credit for. As this is through the giving of His Son, it is an acknowledgment that He ordained the plan, He set it in motion, He participated in it, and He carried it through to its completion – all through Christ. As Paul says –

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19

All the glory goes to God, and therefore all the praises are to go to Him in acknowledgment of that. Whereas all sacrifices and offerings mandated under the Law of Moses are complete, the praises of God, which the peace offering symbolized, will never cease. The praises of God will ring forth for all eternity.

Life application: Here we have several huge concepts.

1) In order to please God, we praise Him through Jesus. This is not an idea unique to this verse, but is repeated throughout the New Testament. It clearly and unambiguously means that no other avenue of praise to God is meaningful. We cannot praise Him through Mary or the saints; through Buddha, Allah, or Vishnu; nor can we do it directly without a mediator. Instead, it is through Jesus that praise is acceptable to God.

2) Praise isn’t meant for a specific time of the week – a Sabbath, a single day of worship, or a specific location. Instead, praise is something to do continually. If you hurt yourself – say a badly stubbed toe – you can call out, “Thank You Jesus that it wasn’t a broken hip.” In other words, we can – even in the most trying times – praise God for the greater trial that didn’t come.

3) God looks at praise as a sacrifice! We don’t need to fast, give money to a cause, spend excessive time helping others, or be creative with our skills in order to be pleasing to God (although we can also do these things for His glory). Instead, God looks at our true praises as sacrifices in and of themselves. As the 54th psalm says –

“I will freely sacrifice to You;
I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.” Psalm 54:6

And again, as a means of repaying the kindness of our salvation, the psalmist says –

“What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
13 I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.” Psalm 116:12, 13

There is truly no other thing we can do to “repay” God. Paul says as much in Romans 11:35. Instead, we sacrifice to God through our praises. I’ll bet a jillion dollars that if you spend your time finding reasons to praise Him at all times, you’ll be healthier, happier, and more filled with heaven than you can imagine. In all things, remember to praise the Lord.

Praise the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in his mighty heavens. Praise Him for his acts of power; praise Him for his surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. Hallelujah and Amen!

8 Comments

  • i praise YOU LORD GOD . thank you

  • God, I praise you for paying our sin debt in full through the precious blood of Jesus!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Oklahoma gets weather today

    • Does that mean rain? Have you been dry? Whatever it is, I hope it will be a blessing for you.

  • Thank you Charlie this was an eye opening and reaffirming study for me.
    i now understand the sacrifice of the lips and it makes me want to parise the lord even more and more. What you said about praising the lord makes you feel better I can verify that 100% in my own life. When I was at my lowest both mentally and physically I started to put the silver lining around my problems each day and each hour. I.e I praised the lord just for the fact that I can see and hear and touch and stand the simplest things we take for granted that so many others are deprived of for one reason or another. At first it was a struggle to do it and be optimistic about it but after a few weeks of doing it I couldn’t imaging not doing it because it brought into focus just how blessed I am and yes I started feeling better. Today I am 180 in the positive in both Heath and attitude from where I was 6 years ago. Praise the lord!!!!
    The other thing this study pointed out is how the lost souls out there have no idea what they are doing to themselves when the blaspheme the lord and use his name in vain. It’s at a point for me that everytime I hear this I apologize to the lord for them because they have no idea what they are doing. It’s been tough watching movies of late and especially older movies that I really liked because I am more aware of how often the lords name is taken in vain in them. It’s so disappointing to me now that I was so blindly accepting of this for many years, you know the excuse its just actors portraying real life oh ya we fell for that one big time didn’t we. Yes it’s the portraying of a Satan filled life not a God filled life! It send chills up my back thinking on how these people will explain this on judgment day wow how sad and yes how blessed we are for recognizing this in our own life and making the choice to praise and honor God continually in our lives. Amen

    auto fingers kicked in for this one. Thank you lord for giving me the words to share here.

    Quick update, the insurance company paid for the infusion treatment my daughter needed Amen she is pending the next few days here with us because she has back to back treatments and Dr appointment at Mass General in Boston. It’s a 40 minute ride to the hospital from my house as opposed to a 2 hour and 40 minute drive from here house. So thank God for placing us here to make this process for my daughter a little less stressful.

    Thank you all for your continued prayers for her. My prayers of thanks and blessings and health go out to you and your family’s

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

    • Hey praise God for the infusion! I am so glad to hear it. And yes, happy fingers had a good time. I love it though. Great words!

  • I praise God for the hope that is within me: Eyes on Jesus! Thoughts on Jesus! Hearts toward Jesus! Everything else is foolish and wasteful!
    Praying for the people in Oklahoma and Gordon’s daughter

  • Praise His name! And praise His name again!

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