Saturday, May 23, 2009
To Stick Around,Or Not
HEBREWS 13:11-15: For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
F.B. Meyer (1847-1929) has commented beautifully in his book, THE WAY INTO THE HOLIEST, EXPOSITIONS OF THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS, (Christian Literature Crusade, Fort Washington, Penn.):
“If then we would have Jesus as our food, our joy, our life, we must not expect to find Him in the camps which have been pitched by men of this world. We must go forth from all such; from the camp of the world’s religiousness equally as from that of its sensuality; from the tents of its formalism and ritualism as well as from those of its vanity. The policy of going forth without the camp is the only safe course for ourselves, as it is the only helpful one for the world itself. There are plenty who argue that the wisest policy is to stop within the camp, seeking to elevate its morals. They do not realize that, if we adopt their advice, we must remain there alone; for our Lord has already gone. It is surely unbefitting that we should find a home where He is expelled. What is there in us which makes us so welcome, when our Master was cast out to the fate of the lowest criminals?”