Food for Thought – 08.31.2016

Honor vs. Idolatry:

There’s a difference between idolatry and honor. Idolatry endeavors to elevate something/someone above God. Honor seeks to acknowledge those who exemplified keeping God on the throne and in His rightful place. Many are mistakenly accused of idolatry for doing the later, but genuine honor is far from idolatry. On the flip side, many mistakenly idolize people thinking they’re honoring them. The boundary is a fine line, but easily discernible to those who seek after what the Word clearly says on the subject. Here’s a small “snapshot” of this topic for you.  

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” – Hebrews‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.

Don’t be lured away from him by the latest speculations about him. The grace of Christ is the only good ground for life. Products named after Christ don’t seem to do much for those who buy them.” – Hebrews‬ ‭13:7-9‬ ‭MSG‬‬

“Remember your leaders and superiors in authority [for it was they] who brought to you the Word of God. Observe attentively and consider their manner of living (the outcome of their well-spent lives) and imitate their faith (their conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things, the Provider and Bestower of eternal salvation through Christ, and their leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness).” – Hebrews‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY ON THE WHOLE BIBLE
Commentary on Hebrews 13
(Excerpt on Heb. 13:7)

VI. To the duty Christians owe to their ministers, and that both to those that are dead and to those that are yet alive.

1. To those that are dead: Remember those that have had the rule over you, v. 7. Here observe,

(1.) The description given of them. They were such as had the rule over them, and had spoken to them the word of God; their guides and governors, who had spoken to them the word of God. Here is the dignity to which they were advanced-to be rulers and leaders of the people, not according to their own will, but the will and word of God; and this character they filled up with suitable duty: they did not rule at a distance, and rule by others, but they ruled by personal presence and instruction, according to the word of God.

(2.) The duties owing to them, even when they were dead.

[1.] “Remember them-their preaching, their praying, their private counsel, their example.’

[2.] “Follow their faith; be stedfast in the profession of the faith they preached to you, and labour after the grace of faith by which they lived and died so well. Consider the end of their conversation, how quickly, how comfortably, how joyfully, they finished their course!’ Now this duty of following the same true faith in which they had been instructed the apostle enlarges much upon, and presses them earnestly to it, not only from the remembrance of their faithful deceased guides, but from several other motives. 

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