Now, take your bibles and turn to Hebrews chapter twelve, Hebrews chapter twelve. Today we begin a brand new series of sermons and while we are we're turning to Hebrews chapter twelve, let me remind you about the evening service. At night here we're continuing the studies in the life of David and the studies have been a real blessing to my own heart.
Tonight the title of our message is beauty and the beast, Beauty and the beast. It has nothing to do with Bob and Linnie. But uh, we're having a, we, we, we're talking about Nabel and Abigail and their relationship to God's anointed King David. And we're going to find out something about our own lives, something about, something that will reveal your character and show you what kind of a person you are. If you want to have a litmus, litmus test for your character, come tonight as we study this message in the life of David.
But now today in the book of Hebrews, uh, I want to, uh, us to turn Hebrews chapter twelve we're going to have this sort of a keynote message and then we're going to go back uh, to the beginning of the book of Hebrews and come back through it and look at some highlights in Hebrews under the heading, looking unto Jesus, looking unto Jesus. A series entitled looking unto Jesus from Hebrews.
Now, let's look here if we will in chapter twelve verse one, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight , and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience, the race that is set before us." and here is our key phrase, "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Now, the first century was very much like our century. They were a very sports mind very sports minded individual. He uh had figures and allusions in his uh writing to boxing. He said, "So fight I, not as one that boxeth the air." That is, I'm not shadow boxing, This is real, and then he said for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and he spoke of other things, and we've got a boy here that needs a mommy. Okay, over here. Okay, thank He spoke of other things that were uh u uh figures from the sports world, and I believe if he wrote this, or whoever wrote it, he certainly is definitely talking about the sports world, because he is talking the figure really the great athletic contest of that time. They had three major games in that day. They had the Olympic games, we still have the Olympics, they were held on Mount Olympus. Then they had the Isthmus games that were held in Corinth, and then they had the Pantheon games at Delphi, and these were great games, very much like our world series, very much like our super bowl, very much like that basketball playoffs. Big things, very big things, an ...
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