Consider This

Posted on: December 31st, 2017 by No Comments

fightingHebrews 12:3 – 4  consider this – For consider Him that endured such contradiction from sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. In striving against sin, ye have not yet resisted unto bloodshed.

This word consider is the only time this word is used in the new testament.  I wonder why and if it has some strong inference to the importance of the rest of the verse.  I was reading this verse the other day and was thinking about the word mind that is used here, and then began to investigate the other words.

Consider – ponder or think over

Endure – to remain or persevere

Contradiction – opposition or rebellion

Sinners – devoted to sin or heathen

Against – into or toward

Weary – weary

Faint – become faint of heart

Minds – breath or life

Resisted – To set troops against

Striving –  struggle

Against – to the advantage of

Sin – to be without a share

So let read this in a new light:

For ponder the perseverance of the opposition  from devout heathen toward Himself, lest ye be wearied and become faith of heart in your life.

I was pondering these two verses and was thinking about two separate thoughts here. One was we always fight against, and not for. Two, what are we fighting for?

This verse seems to have the tone that Jesus was fighting for his place in the kingdom. Pondering how he fought his fight is one of the most important parts of our walk in inner man.  As believers the inner fight is the fight we are battling more than any other battle.

However, I don’t know how to ponder, or consider.  Do you? Is it like meditate? Is it just “thinking”?

Thinking about this verse is wonderful – but what should we think?  Should we think how He did resisted?  How did He resist?  Jesus didn’t fight some outer battle – He fought the inner battle. He fought inside His mind.

These verses remind us that He is our guide, and if He can do it so can we.

One of the ways we hear our spirit speak to us is to have time to consider – I believe this is one of the reasons’ this such an important scripture