In the remainder of Hebrews chapter 12, the author moves quickly through the Old Testament again, selecting for a final exhortation texts from the Writings, the Prophets and the Law respectively. It is as if (s)he says, “Why, the whole Bible is full of this message! Read it anywhere and see what you find!”
Hebrews 12:5-11 quote from Proverbs 3:11-12 concerning parental discipline, and apply the principle to our heavenly Father’s dealings with us. You may view your hardships under that figure, the author implies. Difficulty is really divine discipline, he says, which God intends and will use for your growth and perfection. Don’t be discouraged by trouble, therefore, but see it as proof of your legitimacy as God’s children.
Verses 12-17 quote from Isaiah 35:3, a pilgrim passage, here applied to the believer’s pilgrimage from this earth to God’s country. John Bunyan must have immersed himself in Hebrews as well as Deuteronomy and Isaiah before writing “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” The author discusses travel etiquette and concern for fellow-travelers (v.12-13), avoiding irritation on the journey (v. 14), caution in gathering food along the trail (v. 15-17, spiritually speaking).
Verses 18-29 paint a graphic picture which contrasts Mount Sinai, representing the Law, and Mount Zion, representing the Gospel. This detailed contrast calls for a gracEmail of its own, so we will save it until tomorrow.