Hebrews 13:9

Hebrews 13:9

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.
Hebrews 13:9

As the book of Hebrews comes to a conclusion a number of exhortations are provided. This may be one of the most important though no special attention is given to it. We are to keep our eyes and hearts focused on grace if we wish it to be strengthened, not on eating ceremonial foods. Here ceremonial food is only given as an example which may distract us from grace, the free gift of grace offered by God the Father through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross for our sins.

Having accepted the free gift of grace it is far too easy to be sidetracked by all kinds of strange teachings. It should not be so. It will not be so if we keep our eyes on Jesus and the grace He provides to each and every one of us. With our focus on grace, our hearts will not be deceived as spoken of in Ephesians 4:14.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
Ephesians 4:14

Indeed there are people who wish us to be so focused on various diverse issues, we neglect both Jesus and His grace. A little closer to the end of this chapter the focus becomes even clearer

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:15-16

There is even a very popular song that puts this to music. The song is There is Something About That Name.

Of course that name is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Keep our eyes on Jesus, not on strange teachings – non-biblical or out of context verses – nor on eating ceremonial foods. Neither of them strengthen the heart, only a focus on grace will do that.

It’s Friday and I hope you have a great weekend. Also hope you remember to Go To Church where you can focus on the grace given freely to you. Focus on this wonderful gift via prayer, songs of praise and worship, and teaching from the Bible.