Today I want to address that which is both a highly neglected Christian responsibility and a highly underappreciated Christian privilege. The exhortation from Scripture goes as follows:
“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3
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“[See to it] that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.”
The focus of this post will be on the last phrase, that Esau “found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.” I wish to discuss two common, yet insufficient interpretations of this passage. I was unable to find a sample in any of the Hebrews commentaries I own (thankfully), but I hope I can do my best to represent the views well. Either way, I am sure at some point in your walk you have heard one or both of them. I hope that in the end we can walk away from this short study with some interpretive skills. I hope we learn the folly of reading our systematic theology into texts, and that of jumping to conclusions too quickly when a verse sounds like another doctrine. Continue reading The Real Repentance Esau Couldn’t Get
My purpose for this post is not to discuss whether or not the gift of tongues has ceased. What this post is going to address is the “psychobabbling” we see today in churches, which I feel is demonic. It is a dangerous false teaching and practice.
Those churches which “speak in tongues” today try to justify their actions by citing Hebrews 13:8, which says, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” When I tried finding an exegesis of this verse to support their view, I was unable to find one. To figure out whether or not this verse refers to ‘speaking in tongues’ we shall: First, observe the verse in light of common sense. Second, we shall observe what the words “yesterday,” and “forever” mean. And finally, we shall observe the verse in its context to see what it really means. Continue reading Hebrews 13:8 is NOT Teaching About Tongues