Daily Scripture: Day 335—Hebrews 13

From Handbook to Scripture, Day 335

READING: HEBREWS 13

The letter to the Hebrews concludes with a series of exhortations to purity, contentment, Christlike character, service, and submission (13:1–17) as well as personal instructions and a beautiful benediction (13:18–25).

Hebrews is the only New Testament book whose authorship remains a mystery. Despite its anonymity, its spiritual quality and depth overcame early questions about its inclusion in the New Testament canon. The original readers clearly knew the author (13:18–24), who was an associate of Timothy, but there is no consistent tradition as to his identity. Some in the early church attributed it to Paul, others to Barnabas, to Luke, and to Clement. There are indeed some similarities in the style and content of Hebrews and the Pauline epistles, but there are also enough dissimilarities to lead the majority of New Testament scholars to reject the Pauline authorship theory. Suggestions in modern scholarship include Apollos, Silas (Silvanus), Luke, Philip, and Clement of Rome, but no one knows.

Prayer: Lord, You are the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord. May You equip us in every good thing to do Your will, working in us that which is pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever.

Meditation passage: verses 1–8, 14–16, 20–21