Jesus and many of the heroes mentioned in ch. 11 gave their lives for their faith.
“Not yet until blood you resisted against sin struggling against” is the word for word translation of the Greek.
“Until blood” is “mecriV aimatoV” and was used by Heliodorus to refer to mortal combat. The word is then a familiar phrase for engaging in a conflict which involves the risk of wounds. It is not a word for martyrdom but a word for dangerous combat.
This may refer to martyrdom or a level of spiritual battle they have not yet seen.
12:5 – 6
This word of encouragement comes from Proverbs 3:11-12
This proverb gives the readers the correct perspective
12:8 - 9
A son without a father is not normal. A son should have a father guiding and correcting them. If there is a father who loves the son then that father is, to the best of his ability, correcting, punishing, rewarding his son so he becomes more than a undisciplined child.
Every legitimate son undergoes discipline.
If the father of our flesh understood the importance of disciplining us then the Father of our spirits also understands.
The phrase “father of our spirits” stands in contrast to “father of our flesh”. This phrase is simply a comparison to our natural fathers and our Heavenly Father.
Our earthly fathers did what they thought was best. They had our best interests in mind.
Our heavenly father will:
Discipline, in any form, always seems unpleasant at the time.
goes through discipline,
but not everyone is trained by discipline.
For those who are trained by discipline the results of discipline which are:
“My heart is not proud, O Lord,
My eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
Or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child with its mother,
Like a weaned child is my soul within me,
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.”
Job 32:2-37:24 – Elihu’s speech is better than Job’s three friends. The first three friends told Job his problems were:
1. Friend One – Eliphaz the Temanite – said Job was suffering because of his sin (2:11; 4:1-5:27; 15:1-35; 22:1-30; 42:7-9)
2. Friend Two – Bildad the Shuhite – said Job had not repented of his sin and therefore was suffering (2:11; 8:1-22; 18:1-21; 25:1-6; 42:9)
3. Friend Three – Zophar the Naamathite – said Job deserved to suffer more for his sins (2:11; 11:1-20; 20:1-29; 42:9)
Psalm 119:67, 71
Matthew 5:10-12 (Luke 6:22)
2 Thessalonica 1:4-7
Suffering in life comes from: