Sunday, July 9, 2017

HEBREWS 13:23-25 

"Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty;
with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
Salute all them that have the rule over you,
and all the saints. 
They of Italy salute you.
Grace be with you all. Amen."

I am concluding Hebrews.  Wow.  I did it by the sweat of my brow, if someone can sweat while sitting in air conditioning with finger glued to a laptop.  Writing this blog is what gets me out of bed, to grab a cup of coffee and to do my devotions with.  I hope you have enjoyed coming along. 

Church of Santa Maria della  Salute


Salute is an Italian greeting which has become universal, probably from some latin root which I don't know.  Even Italian restaurants are named Salute, or cheers!  But this makes me believe Paul is the writer who is writing from Italy, thus writing from prison.  But Timothy is now set free, which means it is time for him to leave Paul.  How hard that must be to part ways, knowing they would not see each other until they were in glory.  But Paul knew Timothy would be his eyes and ears as he arrived to visit this group of displaced people, the Christian Hebrews and would be waiting for a letter sent back to him.  "It appears in Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, that he was with Paul during the greatest part of the time." (Adam Clarke) 

"Salute all those that have the rule over you, and the saints...They of Italy salute you.  The NASV translates it, "Greet,"  but I like the little Italian thrown in, Salute.  They of Italy "probably means the Jews who had embraced the Christian faith.  These salutations show that a brotherly feeling existed in every part of the Christian Church; even those who had not seen each other yet loved one another, and felt deeply interested for each other's welfare." (Adam Clarke)

"Greet...all the saints."  Saints, literally "holy ones," "But a Christian was then a saint, i.e. by profession (professing, confessing to be) a holy person; and most of the primitive Christians were actually such.  But in process of time the term as applied to all that bore the Christian name; as 'elect, holy people, sanctified, etc., were to the nation of Jews (non-Christian Jews), when both their piety and morality were at a very low ebb."  Adam Clarke

So Timothy and Paul had to part ways, as painful as it was since Paul seemed to have taken him as a son.  I enjoyed the "Pickles" cartoon in our paper today when the grandson asks,"Can we go somewhere fun today, Grampa?"  He answers, "Someone once said, 'No matter where you go, or what you do you live your entire life within the confines of your head.'  So it doesn't really matter where you go.  Just have fun inside your head.  Right now I'm on a tropical island and you're a monkey who's going to bring me a cold beverage."  Alrighty then, Paul would keep Timothy close to his heart whether he was still there or not.  He also expected if Timothy comes soon, "I will see you."  By letter, Paul hoped knowing Timothy would be his eyes and ears for him to treasure these things in his heart while sitting in a jail cell.  (If he was released 'on his own recognizant, he would be living someone handcuffed to a Roman soldier which might make it difficult to write.  Imagine writing the epistle of Hebrews while handcuffed to that soldier.)

Place of Paul's Arrest?

"Grace be with you all."  The southern translation is, "Grace be with y'all."  "May the Divine favour ever rest upon you and among you; and may you receive, from that source of all good, whatsoever is calculated to make you wise, holy, useful, and happy!  And may you be enabled to persevere in the truth to the end of your lives!  Amen.  May it be so!" (Adam Clarke)

Well, my friends, grace be with you.  I have finished the book of Hebrews precisely as we fly away to Virginia for ten days.  I will not be blogging during that time, although I will be posting pictures on facebook as we bury my husband's aunt and uncle in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery as well as when we visit historic sites, especially those of family history significance. 

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