The Lord is my Helper

Let brotherly love continue.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

So that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.

Hebrews 13:1-8

The final chapter of Hebrews gives a series of general admonitions for Christian service. It begins with “Let brotherly love continue.” All of God’s people are encouraged to constantly proclaim God’s love. Christians are reminded that “some have entertained angels”, and the experiences of Abraham and Lot come to mind. Concern and help for the needy benefits them and us when it is done in the name of the Lord.

Verse three directs us to remember those “in bonds”. We need to show concern for those suffering as their suffering could easily happen to us as well.

Verse four reminds us that “Marriage is honorable to all.” This is a command for purity in the marriage union. God will judge those who do not keep the marriage relationship. Whoremongers are those who indulge in sexual relations out of the marriage bonds. Adulterers are those unfaithful to their marriage vows.

Verses five and six focus on the love of things—the problem of greed. The phrase “without covetousness” means without money-love. Christians are to be content with what they have. Two Old Testament promises are reflected here: “For I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6) and “The Lord is my helper” (Psalm 118:6).

Verses seven and eight “Remember them which have the rule over you” encourages Christians to remember their spiritual fathers and their godly characteristics, and follow their example of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. ‘

All Glory to God

His humble servant Lee M Buchanan