Jun 14, 2015
For those of us who do not care for running it probably seems
fitting that the Greek term for a foot race is agon from which we
derive the term agony. We have a number of marathoners in our
church family and they know all about the agony of the race. They
are a different breed of human being; much to be admired.
In Hebrews 12 the Preacher likens the life of faith to running a race which I'm sure our marathoners would agree is an apt comparison. Both take discipline, both require endurance of pain and fatigue, both have experiences of intense joy and satisfaction and both are run in hope of reaching the finish line.
Some of those to whom the Preacher wrote were tempted to drop out of the race and return to Judaism. The Preacher's purpose was to strengthen and encourage these Hebrew Christians to continue to run the race with endurance because those who endure inherit the promises of God.