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47) Hebrews - Chapter 13:5 and following
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Be ye free

The love of money - It is "a root of all kinds of evil" when it is loved, 1st Timothy 6:10.  It causes people to lie, steal,
cheat, commit murder.  It causes people to hope for the death of those leaving money to them as an inheritance.

It corrupted the temple in Jerusalem.  John 2:14; Matthew 21:12.  It kept the rich young ruler from following Jesus.

This section has an alternative translation, "Let your conversation be without covetousness."  Let your mind be free.
The passage in all translations teaches us to avoid a covetous life.

Men with money are sometimes possessed of it.  Money only seem to bring contentment momentarily.  Paul gave us
an example of this in his own life.  In Philippians 4:12 he said he knew how to be abased.  Paul gave up everything
for Christ.  It is not a destruction of ambition or legal endeavor as seen by other passages, as Romans 12:11: "In
diligence not slothful."  Also Ephesians 4:28; 2nd Thessalonians 3:11.  We are not to be like animals reaching
across a fence for grass no greener than we deserve.

So that with good courage we say, The Lord is my Helper.  We may speak confidently that the Lord is our Helper.  
The word "we" appears often int his book.  Anyone who has faith can make that statement.  "The Lord is my helper"
is an expression of faith.  Psalms 118:6 is quoted, but observe that in the original Psalm it is translated, "The Lord is
on my side."

This Psalm was one of the collection of hymns that was sung at the close of the feast of tabernacles.  Paul
expressed the same thought:  "If God be for us, who can be against us?"  Romans 8:31.  I will not fear:  what shall
man do unto me?  This verse does not suggest that man will never do bodily harm.  David knew differently.  Paul
knew differently; so did these brethren, for they had been afflicted.  The idea is, "What can man do that God cannot
undo?"  Man can bring pain, but God will give us a body that knows no pain.  Man can kill, but God can make alive.

The elders also were responsible to speak.  1st Timothy 5:17; Acts 20:28-31.  And consider the issue of their life, in
the Greek their manner of their life.  People who are leaders and whose good life is worthy of consideration.  These
leaders had been unmoved in their hours of trial.

Faith - can it be imitated?  It is all that should be imitated.  Imitate faith, not mannerisms.  Imitate their method with
God.  Imitate their reliance, confidence in God.  In all other respects we must imitate God.  Ephesians 5:1: Imitation
of God as beloved children.