Even Bible reading can lead to division but let’s go together and see that God teaches us through the Bible how to live with no division. Vs 13 is a hard verse for most people to understand.
Hebrews 13:10–13 The Message10 The altar from which God gives us the gift of himself is not for exploitation by insiders who grab and loot. 11 In the old system, the animals are killed and the bodies disposed of outside the camp. The blood is then brought inside to the altar as a sacrifice for sin. 12 It’s the same with Jesus. He was crucified outside the city gates—that is where he poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to God’s altar to cleanse his people. 13 So let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus.
This is where that education that I worked so hard on is going to help me not divide you from the Bible but unite you with the Bible, I'm going to pull you in to what God is saying to us here,The Tabernacle was the place where God's chosen people, the people of Moses, the Hebrew people, mankind's ancestors of Jesus worshipped. You and I could not worship in that place. The worship there was mostly paying the punishment of sin, that division that drives us away from God, amends are made for sin through death and so many animals would be very carefully butchered in specific ways. One of the those very specific rules is found here:
Leviticus 16:27 The Message27 The bull for the Absolution-Offering and the goat for the Absolution-Offering, whose blood has been taken into the Holy of Holies to make atonement, are to be taken outside the camp and burned—their hides, their meat, and their entrails.
The animal takes on the sin and therefore it is removed from the holiest place, it is the humiliation and taken outside and burned. The sin is disgusting, but Jesus in his rightness, goes and is just like that sin offering. He dies on a cross outside the camp, to pay the price so that you, I and everyone could be forgiven of their sin. God doesn’t divide, God became disgusting so that we could be saved!Jesus, God himself, was not only willing to die for you, he was willing to do it in the most humilating disgusting way, a total violation of the culture of his day. So therefore we can love everyone, serve everyone, no matter their needs, their class, their beliefs, whether they need so much help for their physical needs or they be arrogant, racist, know-it-all whatever, we are called to love others as Jesus loves us.
Hebrews 13:12–13 CSB12 Therefore, Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so that he might sanctify the people by his own blood. 13 Let us then go to him outside the camp, bearing his disgrace.
How can we do this? How can we be wiling to lower ourselves, to put others before ourselves. My daughter complained about having to clean up the kitchen after I cooked this week. It was a valid complaint, I should’ve cleaned but my wife came to my defense and said he has cleaned up after you so many times. And my wife and I talked about the things that I can’t forget like having to get a stool sample from her diaper, and all the other bodily stuff I have dealt with but you know what I would deal with all that disgustingness because I love my daughter more than I love my own life. I know I’m not alone wrestler Shad Gasper, who died this past week as he told rescuers who swam to Shad and his son after they had been pulled out to sea to save his son first. Such incredible love and we all get that amazing love. But Jesus loves us enough to accept us, with no family relation, no worthiness to Him, to go into the most disgustingness and bring us out into His love.
Hebrews 13:13–14 CSB13 Let us then go to him outside the camp, bearing his disgrace. 14 For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come.
Therefore if any of you think I am to horrible, too messed up, to disgusting of a person for Jesus to want to have anything to do with me, I promise you Jesus went to people worse than you thousands of years ago and He comes to you right now, and He will continue to rescue people in the future. Jesus is calling you today. And to all of us who follow Jesus let us never forget that Jesus makes us right, to go back into the disgusting, and live that right with others, to love others, to come alongside others, and bring the same healing of Christ that others brought to our lives. We are saved by God’s grace, His un-earned, un-deserved, so amazing Grace and therefore we will not divide but serve, humbly anywhere to anyone because no matter how visually disgusting, emotionally disgusting, morally disgusting, JESUS IS THERE! JESUS LOVES THEM! THEY IS NOT A WORD TO BE FEARED BUT A PEOPLE TO BE LOVED.
Hebrews 13:15–16 CSB15 Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.