Listen: Hebrews 13: 22 Now I urge you, brothers, to bear with this word of encouragement, for I have written you only a brief letter. 23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives very soon, he and I will see you. 4 Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you. 25 Grace be with you all. Amen. (EHV)
We don’t know who the author of Hebrews is. He was familiar with the Old Testament, probably well trained in the Jewish faith. He wrote from Italy since he sends a greeting from those in Italy. He knew Timothy, who was well known among the churches of the Mediterannean world. Since Paul “signed” all of his letters, it would be very unusual for Paul to be the author. We could only guess who the author was. But we do know who the AUTHOR was. The Holy Spirit inspired the writer to the Hebrews to write this book.
What I take from the closing remarks of the letter is that the churches and church leaders in the early church were well acquainted with each other. They were concerned for each other and they prayed for each other. We should do the same. Get to know your missionaries. Pray for them. Look outside your congregation and be concerned for the church in the world, for those suffering persecution in the Far East and other places.
And most importantly, worship together. I think that’s a problem in the church today. Too many people think that their faith is a private matter that can be privately practiced. God never meant it to be that way. Abraham gathered his people for worship. David was glad when they said to him, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath and celebrated the festivals in Jerusalem.
Some years ago, the Army came out with a catchy slogan: “An Army of One!” It didn’t last long because the Army realized that what won wars was not individuality but many soldiers fighting together as one.” The same is true of the Church and the Christian faith. We are united with many brothers and sisters in the faith, worshipping together and working together for the gospel.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for making me a child of God, and for uniting me with brothers and sisters in the faith who speak as one for the gospel. Keep our missionaries safe as they take the gospel to far away places. Make me a messenger of the gospel to the people I know and to those I do not. I ask this in your name. Amen.