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HEAR ME! (48 of 48)
Many preachers have unique ways of delivering their
messages and they have unique things which they say. I
suppose all of us who have been blessed by the
ministry of Billy Graham have noticed that, through
the years, he invariably would begin his messages by
saying, “The Bible says.” I can hear it now as a
teenage boy—the Bible says. That was a unique token of
When I was a boy our pastor, Dr. John Tippett, had a
saying he would use from time to time. I would be
sitting where the high schoolers were sitting and I
would be getting just ready to pass a note to my girl
friend and he would say, “Are you listening?” Then he
would say, “Are you sure you are listening?” That was
a trademark to him.
Dr. Lindsay, Sr. had a unique way also. In his
preaching, from time to time, he would say, “Hear me.”
If you hadn’t been hearing him up to that point you
would certainly hear him after that point. “Hear me.”
The writer of the book of Hebrews, coming to the
closing words of this letter inspired by the Holy
Spirit, in verse 22 does something unique and similar.
“And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of
exhortation.” You could read it this way: I urge you,
brothers and sisters, listen patiently to the word of
exhortation. It’s as if he is saying—hear me. Listen
patiently to what I have to say. In saying that he
pulls together these closing comments in this
marvelous, wonderful letter.
I. A Closing ADMONITION
In verse 18 he is basically saying—hear me. Listen to
my closing admonition. He admonishes the people in
verse 18 this way, “Pray for us.” He makes a very
simple request. It reminds us of the Apostle Paul. We
don’t know exactly who is the writer of the book of
Hebrews. The book itself does not tell us. The
traditional view is that Paul was the writer. Others
have been mentioned as well. Some have believed ...
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