Problem: The Bible informs us here that Esau “was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.” But why wouldn’t God accept his sincere repentance, when He commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30) and is patiently waiting for people to repent (2 Peter 3:9). Stop whining! Directions to follow peace with all men, and to take heed that they fall not from the grace of God, Hebrews 12:14, Hebrews 12:15. We are surrounded by them, as spectators in a stadium surround and observe the players. References to the case of Esau, Hebrews 12:16, Hebrews 12:17. Get Strong! In like manner, Christians must do the same (12:1–3). I. (12:12-13; ESV) Be strong! Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. We know how it starts and how it finishes. Remember what we were told about running the race in Hebrews 12… In the New Testament, Esau's choice to sell his birthright is used as an example of ungodliness and unfaithfulness; a 'godless' person who will put physical and lustful desires over spiritual blessings (Hebrews 12:15-17). The New Testament also uses the story of Jacob and Esau to illustrate God's sovereignty in human affairs. Hebrews 12:17 —Why couldn’t Esau repent if he sought it with tears?. Obviously, those who are children of God live out their lives under his watchful eye. Hebrews 12:14-17 "Sin that Entangles" Introduction Run the race. The writer of Hebrews said if we are going to run the Christian life with no distractions and not get off track, we must keep our eyes carefully focused on Jesus. (18-29) Commentary on Hebrews 12:1-11 (Read Hebrews 12:1-11) The persevering obedience of faith in Christ, was the race set before the Hebrews, wherein they must either win the crown of glory, or have everlasting misery for their portion; and it is set before us. (PPPMPNAmplified: Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous … Get a grip! (NASB: Lockman)Greek: analogisasthe gar ton toiauten upomemenekota upo ton amartolon eis eauton antilogian, ina me kamete tais yuchais umon ekluomenoi. (12-17) Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Run the race of faith. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. Some years back my wife and I visited an African-American congregation. Hebrews 12:1–17 is closely connected with the preceding chapter by the use of the strong inferential conjunction toigaroun, “therefore,” which occurs only one other time in the New Testament. The heroes of Hebrews 11 endured and overcame by faith. The Christian life is a race. That cloud probably includes great men and women of God who have come since those Hebrews 11 saints, known and unknown to history. Hebrews 12:5-6 . He will be quick to punish all misdeeds of his beloved ones for he knows this is necessary. ii. Read the Scripture: Hebrews 12:3-17 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. The privileges of Christians, compared with those of the Jews, by which the superior excellence of Christianity is shown, Hebrews 12:18-24. Start well. (12-17) The New Testament dispensation shown to be much more excellent than the Old. Since the Christian life is a race, let us examine the racecourse. Put things in order and prepare for your journey of faith. 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