Yesterday was the final men's Bible study for the time being. It's been a good couple of studies that we have gone through as a group, and our numbers have picked up from where we began. The studies were thought-provoking and challenging calls to action which is what we as men need.
However the other important part of the study that I noticed was simply the getting together, and not just because of pandemic separation. It was good for us to get together and talk about our weeks and hear one another's stories. It was a side benefit of the study-- men being brought together to share in one another's lives.
Hebrews 10:25 reads, "not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching." The writer of Hebrews encourages, almost commands us, to meet together so that we may encourage one another. One of the fears of the social distancing that I have is that we will all get so used to being apart that when we are allowed to come back together we will all stay separate. This is not what God wants for us. We need to spend time with one another.
The "why" comes in the verse before, "let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds". (Hebrews 10:24) As we are able to meet together we should spur one another on. One of the benefits of meeting in our Bible study was just that, it was a time to hit the reset button, a time to be reminded of who we should be as sons, husbands, and fathers. We all need those reminders those being spurred on moments, or those times where you can spur others on.
Therefore, I would state Hebrews 10:25 in a way that speaks to our times, "get back to meeting together, and don't let new habits keep you apart, so that you may encourage one another-- and all the more as you see the Day approaching."