Question 469

By: Robert Serreyn

Question? Would you be so kind and give comment on Hebrews 12:12 & 13 please?

Hebrews 12:12-13 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; (13) And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.


Being that the book of Hebrews is written to Jewish believers, V12 & 13 MUST BE referring to serving and putting Christ first in our lives.

V12 & 13 CAN BE understood in this way …

– Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees

This speaks of getting busy for the Lord’s and doing whatever he has called you to do, The christian is to get their hands and knees moving instead of hanging down and doing nothing.

– Feeble knees.

Suggest weakness from the lack of use or exercise, christians get “Weak in the faith” from the lack of exercising their faith for the Lord.

– make straight paths for your feet.

This speaks of being focused and not losing sight of the goal (leading people to Jesus Christ) that the Lord has set before us by not getting side tracked with the cares of this life.
– lest that which is lame be turned out of the way.

The word Lame is referring to those that are “Weak in the Faith”. Our dedication in serving the Lord SHOULD BE (Eph. 2:10) without wavering (straight paths) in the eyes of those who are not as faithful in the Lord who miss out (Turn out of the way) on the blessings and rewards that could have been received.

Proverbs 4:25-27 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. (26) Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. (27) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

– but let it rather be healed.

Healed in the sense of having a healthy understanding of what the Lord’s will is concerning the lost – John 6:40 and the will of the Lord for the believer – 2 Peter 3:18.

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

NOTE: It is unhealthy for the christian to be inactive for the Lord, Just like our bodies get weak from the lack of use and exercise the christian gets “weak in the faith” from the Lack of “active service”.

Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (7) Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. (8) It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

In Conclusion:

To be a blessing for the Lord the christian NEEDS to be “Faithful”. In order to be “FaithFul” the christian NEEDS to be “FOCUSED” on serving the Lord and stand firm and not allow anything to side track them from that purpose.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.

The moment that you do YOU HAVE (at that second and forever) Everlasting Life which WILL NEVER be taken away no matter what.

-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8

-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24

-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9

“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23