Issue No. 41/2017
8 October 2017
(Heb. 13:18, 19)
Martel Pace (Truth for Today)
The author spoke of “us” and “we” in verses 18 and 21. If it is a true plural (and not an editorial “we”), it shows that others were involved in the writing of this treatise. We have the first person singular again in verses 19 and 22. It is obvious the first readers of Hebrews knew the author. Having written the message that God wanted him to deliver, that author now had a clear conscience. He had warned his readers repeatedly of the danger facing them, but he needed their help as well.
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. And I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner.
A SPIRITUAL REQUEST
The readers were called upon concerning two things. First, the author requested that they “keep on praying” for him (v. 18), as the tense implies. “All the more” (v. 19) suggests they have been doing so. Second, he urged them to take note of his conscience, which he offered as evidence of his honest dealings with them (see Rom. 9:1; 2 Cor. 1:12; 6:3). Since he had dealt honorably with them, causing no offense, he deserved their prayers. In his heart, he knew that he had done his duty. Paul often requested prayers at the end of his letters (Rom. 15:30; Eph. 6:18, 19; Col. 4:3; 1 Thess. 5:25; 2 Thess. 3:1). This would surely have been a natural request by any first-century saint.
The author had not been hypocritical toward the Hebrew Christians, for he had plainly warned them of coming dangers. He had also told them about the coming end of Judaism and its sacrificial system. Some doubt may have existed in their minds regarding the speaker’s integrity, or this defense would not have been required.
A BROTHERLY LONGING
The writer expressed confidence in these brethren and their prayers. He hoped to be “restored to [them]” (v. 19). Was he in prison? Was he restrained from returning to see them—perhaps by Satan (1 Thess. 2:18)? A time of imprisonment seems a likely explanation. To every child of Israel, Jerusalem was “home,” the land of their dreams. Paul could have made such comments at the time of his second imprisonment, before he knew he could not leave Rome alive (as he implied in 2 Tim. 4:6-8). He had matured in Jerusalem under Gamaliel, and that great city was a second home to him.
Asking for prayer was surely a common occurrence among New Testament saints, but it was an exceedingly regular practice of Paul. He believed that he might be able to see the brethren sooner because of Philemon’s prayers (Philemon 22). Evidently, that would have involved providential action by God. The writer of Hebrews must have known of Peter’s miraculous deliverance in Acts 12 and of the release of the apostles in Acts 5:18-21, but there is no evidence that he anticipated that kind of response to his or his readers’ prayers. If he was not imprisoned and knew that Timothy had been released (v. 23), he may have hoped that the two of them could visit these Hebrews together. He could explain many things if he delivered the letter personally.
PRAYING FOR GOSPEL PREACHERS AND THE CHURCH
Paul often sought the prayers of the church in his behalf. He believed in the power of church prayer, and he reciprocated in praying often for the brethren (see 13:20, 21).
The church should be praying daily for its proclaimers of the Word because many members no longer hold to the biblical principles they once did. They are tempted to compromise for the sake of job or society. We desperately need preachers who will never hold back truth just because it is difficult for the audience to hear. We need men who will stand firm in teaching all the principles of the Bible.
K. L. FAMILY NEWS
Our theme for October is “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor. 9:22).
Please pray for Mdm. Lau Soon Ooi (mother of sis. Pooi Lai, health), Monica (in need of furniture for her new house) and sis. Sue Trice (cancer), Madam Hong, Ganga’s mother and grandson Jayden Zephaniah Brian
SIS. LIM HONG KEOW
There will be a visit to sis. Lim Hong Keow and minister the Lord’s Supper today.
FRIDAY BIBLE CLASS
Bro. Ganga will be teaching on the book of Philippians
Date :13 October 2017 (Friday) at 7.00 pm.
GUEST TEACHER & SPEAKER FOR 15 OCTOBER 2017
Speaker: Bro. Ng Yeow Kong (Klang)
Bible Study: “Prayer Works”
“Victorious Living” (2 Tim. 4:7-8)
PICNIC AT BKT BELACHAN
There will be an outing to Bkt Belachan, Ampang on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 at 7.30 am.
All are encouraged to participate in this event.
FOUR SEAS COLLEGE LECTURESHIP
Date: 22-25 November 2017
Theme: Jesus, His Life and Teachings
Venue: Auditorium, Jurong Church of Christ
BRO INNOCENT INA BASSEY
We bid farewell to bro. Innocent who has graduated in Soft Ware Engineering (East London) from Cyber Jaya left for Nigeria on 5 October 2017.
We wish him all the best in his future undertakings.
Our condolences to bro. Tony Tan, sis. Esther and sis. Deborah on the passing of sis. Lee Mee Leng on 30 September 2017. God’s comforting hand be with them in this time of bereavement.
VISITORS / VISITING BRETHREN (LAST WEEK)
Araceli, Chiezyl & Bethyl (Davao, Philippines), bro. Chandran (India)
SERMON FOR TODAY
Speaker: Ronnie Lee
Title: Faith is the Victory: Overcoming Discontent
Text: 1 John 5:4-5
MEN TO SERVE
8 October 15 October
Song Leader: Robert Ong Ganga
Opening Prayer: Chee Keong Patrick Chew
Lord’s Table : Patrick C Robert Ong
Server: Yixen Dr Lawrence
Reader: Ganga Yixen
Announcer: Rajandran Ng Yeow Kong
Anita Ong Tang Ai Ngik
Anita Ong Josephine
Statistics Last Week
English Worship 19
Tamil Worship 11
Hearing Impaired -
Worship Attendance 30