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51) Hebrews - Chapter 13:18 and following
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Pray for us:  Who is "us"?  Many apostles and evangelists were known by the Hebrews, and they should pray for
them.  A request for prayer is common with Paul.  Ephesians 6:18-19, 1st Thessalonians 5:25, 2nd Thessalonians
3:1, Romans 15:30, 2nd Corinthians 1:11, Philemon 22.

The integrity of his own conscience is used to move them to feel an interest in him.  Persuaded suggests modesty.  
The author's desire to live righteously in all things called for their help.  This is an urgent request by one who knew
they knew his needs.  The faith the man had in prayer here shows that he felt God was able to act on behalf of man.

This suggests that troubles, persecution, or perhaps imprisonment detained him.  Timothy's difficulty, Hebrews
13:23, may be the factor that kept the author from being in their midst.

NOT the God of peace.

Isaiah 9:6 speaks of Christ as "Prince of Peace."  All peace comes from God through Jesus Christ.  This expression
comes only from Paul - Philippians 4:9, 1st Corinthians 14:33, Romans 16:20, Romans 15:33, 2nd Corinthians
13:11, 1st Thessalonians 5:23.

John 10:18.  The resurrection of Jesus was a bodily resurrection, for no proof can be given of any other kind -
Romans 6:4, Acts 13:30.

The great shepherd of the sheep - We have a great shepherd.  Are we great sheep?  This title is given for two
reasons, Ezekiel 34:23 prophesies Him as such.  Jesus claimed this title.  John 10:11.  

The word "with" here is a problem.  It is translated "by," "in," and "through."  Christ so arose from the dead that his
death was not yet abolished, but that it retains its efficacy forever.  It is as though he had said:  God raised up His
Own Son, but in such a way that the blood He shed once for all in His death is efficacious after His resurrection.

Commentators question whether this phrase goes with what appears before or after.  The Lord is the great
Shepherd by shedding His blood and yet being alive now to act make you perfect in every good thing.  This is a
prayer in which God seeks to make us perfect in good things, and Christ is a perfect example.  If we follow the great
Shepherd, we will be led to perfection to do His will.  Perfection cannot be attained in any other will.  No work is
acceptable unless it is in harmony with the will of God working in us.  "Us" is also translated "you."