Hebrews 13:22

Monday, 27 May 2019

And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. Hebrews 13:22

The author now makes a final appeal as a part of his closing comments by calling his audience “brethren.” He is writing to believers, and – as is the case in the Greek – the masculine stands for both males and females. There is no reason to change modern Bibles to read “brothers and sisters” as is becoming so common. Females are included in such an address and the only reason for such a change is political correctness.

He then gives his appeal which is for them to “bear with the word of exhortation.” The idea here is that his tone has been direct, purposeful, and at times rather complicated in what was relayed. He is asking them to understand the necessity for these things. Further, it is certainly an appeal to not only understand this, but to consider what has been presented, apply it to their lives, and walk in accord with the principles he has laid out. The author is calling for the words he has written to become a part of the life and doctrine of all who read it (or hear it read).

With that understood, and almost as a slight apology, he says, “for I have written to you in few words.” This would further explain the words, “bear with the word of exhortation.” What he is saying is that if he had written more words, with a deeper explanation of the direct, purposeful, and at times rather complicated letter, they might have an easier time understanding the complexities of what has been presented.

However, the letter is inspired by God, and it is exactly what He intended for the reader to have. What this means is that God is asking us to not only read the letter, but to search out Scripture where the letter is hard for us to understand, and to then think on the reason for what has been presented.

In other words, we are being asked to study the whole counsel of God in order to show ourselves approved. Hebrews is not a stand-alone letter. It is an explanation of many issues and doctrines which are found in Scripture, but which can only be fully understood by understanding the rest of Scripture as well.

Life application: Considering the cost in both time and materials in writing an ancient epistle such as Hebrews, this verse may be a bit more easily understood. The author wrote a short letter on the Person and work of Jesus. There are several such verses in the New Testament and they remind us of the infinite riches of Jesus that we weren’t privy to. How blessed we will be when we have a complete understanding of all that wasn’t included. Such a note leaves us wanting more!

However, God left nothing out of His word that we need and included nothing in His word that is superfluous. In other words, God’s word is exactly what we need to live our lives in a manner pleasing to Him and to have sufficient knowledge of Him for our edification. Considering the incredible complexity of the structure of Hebrews, and also its orderly detailing of the superiority of Jesus over the law, over angels, over the high priest of Israel, and so on, we have a beautiful display of God’s wisdom.

The selection of the book’s author, who has such a masterful skill of presenting these concepts, brings glory to Jesus. It perfectly presents Him as all-sufficient in those areas that were once lacking. Truly He is “greater than” in every way. When you read your Bible, take careful time to cross-reference key points between other books and to think on how they unite into one perfect whole. By doing so, you can have a much fuller understanding of the points which may not be explicitly stated anywhere in the Bible. Such is the study of God’s word. It is a lifetime adventure into His will and intent for you, His precious child. Just as you cherish a love letter from someone, never fail to cherish the greatest Love Letter of all time – the Holy Bible.

Thank you for Your precious word, O God. Help us to understand it, love it, and share it with others. When a passage is difficult, please open our minds and eyes to understand it properly that we may be fully equipped to be pleasing in our walk with you. This is our prayer today, and it is made in the name of Jesus. Amen.

8 thoughts on “Hebrews 13:22

  • Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 7:24 am


  • Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 9:14 am

    These studies in Hebrews have been so comforting to me. I have been learning many things and understanding a lot more. Today’s word taught me much-
    “Bear with the word of exhortation”
    “search out scripture”when things are difficult to understand.
    “God left nothing out of His word that we need to live our lives in a manner pleasing to Him”.
    Remember to cross reference.etc
    As I pondered on these things I found myself humming a song that a missionary named Norman Nehemiah taught us in the early 1970s about the Bible. I had to do a bit of searching on you tube to find a correct version I had forgotten the words..”The Bible Stands”
    “The Bible stands tho’ the hills may tumble, it will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble
    I will plant my feet on its firm foundation, for the Bible stands.”


    • Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      It’s a marvelous song. Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

  • Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Amen Ruth the bible truly does stand! We are so blessed to have direct access to God through it and for the wisdom and guidance it gives freely to all that will read it or in today’s world watch or listen to it 🙂 i was wondering if you folks feel it? The urge the desire for things to speed up even more so we can get home! It’s seems to be my primary focus, it’s becoming an obsession now and the only comfort I have in this world. My out of body experience as a viewer of this world is getting more and more distant or detached as I watch all this fading away! I believe I am only a few handfuls away from reaching the bottom of the popcorn bucket and the feature movie ( Tribulation) will start when that happens. The timing couldn’t be better the empty bucket means I have to leave for the lobby for a refil when the feature starts but surprise the lobby is now a banquet hall set up for a wedding celebration! A celebration that will last until the end of the movie Amen Oh ya I am so ready to go home! Lord please open the eyes of our lost loved ones and friends and all that resist the truth and promises of your word. Let thoughs that call your book a book of fairy tails see the light and come out of the darkness that surrounds them hiding your truth from them. Time is up, it’s now or never for some and for others left behind it will be the path of faith based works for their salvation requiring their life to be saved. Confess Jesus, refuse the mark and yes die for your beliefs. I pray the the seeds we plant today will grow in their hearts when we are gone and they will join us in God Glory Amen

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

  • Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Great prayers to our Lord and Savior today and beautiful song everyone! This solid study again is such a gift from God to anyone who reads and takes it and goes with it in their life. Pastor Charlie, your sermon yesterday was another home run, you hit it out of the park, if you ask me! …even with your bad cold, and hoarse voice, you definitely ran the good race and you passionately left us all filled with more of the knowledge of our loving Father God, and His Son Jesus Christ pictured again ” fitting” “on this beautiful Cross” through His marvelous word. God, continue to bless the SW and Sergio and Roda for all the work they do for Charlie from Israel.

    • Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you so much. Getting better today. Praise the Lord for just feeling normal.

  • Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Have a super blessed afternoon everyone!


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