A Great Cloud

18 Oct

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

Photo credit GSMNP webcam Clingman’s Dome Sunset

During my morning quiet time I like to read the scriptures as written, then paraphrase them to make the words personal. Hebrews 12 speaks of the great cloud of witnesses in heaven. Here is my paraphrase.

Therefore, since I am surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, I can throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and instead run with perseverance the race marked out for me. I can choose to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross,(for me!) scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1–2

Because He did, I can!

Here are the verses as written. NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1–2

2 Responses to “A Great Cloud”

  1. Onisha Ellis October 21, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

    You were the one who encouraged me to paraphrase and I find personalizing the scriptures helps to fix them in my heart.

    Like

  2. divoran09 October 18, 2019 at 6:30 am #

    lovely paraphrase

    Liked by 1 person

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