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44) Hebrews - Chapter 12:12 and following
Lift up the hands that hang down and the palsied knees. A quotation from Isaiah 35:3. Here is the figure of weary
travelers. Perhaps one is worn with sickness, fatigue. In the light of the good things concerning chastening, weak
knees and powerless hands should be made strong.
Take the straight way, not the rough, crooked way. The person who has prepared himself to endure evils goes on
in a straight way.
The journey "out of the way" is so much more difficult for those who are strong. Elijah put up this proposition. 1st
Kings 18:21. We can picture a group traveling on foot; some are weak and lame. The strong and courageous
ought to make a smooth, straight journey for the sake of the weak.
Becoming feeble for awhile may result in a complete loss. We do not go bad all at once, but by degrees. When led
into a diverse path, many remain entangled, rather than be healed.
What is the healing? Renewed faith. Appreciation for chastening has healing power in it. It is faith such as the old
patriarchs had that gives strength. Why be feeble, wayward, and downcast when healing may be had?
Follow after peace with all men. Christ set the example. He taught, turning the other cheek. Matthew 5:39. He
refused to let Peter defend Him, Matthew 26:52. He came as a lamb to the slaughter, Isaiah 53. The word "follow" is
a strong word. In Greek it is "to pursue, as in a chase or battle."
In Hebrews, "sanctified" means "separated unto God." It does not refer to feelings, but to Christ's blood. "We have
been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus once for all." When we become Christians we are then
sanctified. Sanctification is obtained by yielding once for all to God. It is not a second filling. The word
"sanctification" is also translated "holiness."
Without which no man shall see the Lord. There then is no salvation for any except by the blood. The moral man
had better come under the blood if he would see God.
Lest there be any man that falleth
Observe the repeated warnings that show the possibility: 2nd Corinthians 6:1; Luke 8:18; Hebrews 3:12; Hebrews
4:1; Hebrews 6:6; Hebrews 10:31. Sometimes the least like ones fall, so it requires a careful watch. One as great
as Paul was afraid of this happening to himself, for he says, 1st Corinthians 9:26, "So fight I." Compare 1st Timothy
4:1; Galatians 5:4; Revelation 2:5. If we fall short of God's grace, then we have missed everything.
Profane person. The Greek word is bebelas. It doesn't necessarily mean to blaspheme or do violence, evil. It
refers literally to a threshold that anyone and everyone may trample over.
For he found no place for a change of mind in his father. The father could not be wishy-washy because of the
weakness of others. Why should a father undo all that was done for a careless son who had no respect for
sacredness in a moment of hunger?