Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
And let us consider how we may spur one another
on toward love and good deeds, 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.
Background: The author of this book is unknown. Some proposed authors are Apostle Paul, Clement of Rome, Barnabas etc. Since the book focuses more on the tabernacle, it might have been written before the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. The intended audience is possibly the Jewish Christians because gentile audience may not understand the tabernacle system. It was the time when Christianity was spreading like fire. The Jewish Christians were still finding difficulty to adjust themselves with the new faith.
This verse contains many important elements. Let's dissect them and see what they mean.
Spurring one another: The writer wants to encourage the new believers in Christ to maintain the love relationship among themselves and to keep on doing good works, helping others in need.
Not giving up meeting together: This does not explicitly mean the Sunday worship. Sunday, of course was the day when they used to meet each other, not on Sabbath (see Acts 20:7 ).
This simply means to meet each other whenever possible in order to increase the love relationship and helping each other. Without meeting together, how could they know the needs of their fellow Christians? The writer also pointed out that some of the brethren were getting lazy to meet the other Christians. It was the concern of the writer to encourage them again in this matter.
Encouraging one another: Christians need to encourage each other always through spiritual guidance and prayers. Without encouragements, it is difficult to grow in Christ individually. The writer was really concerned about this, it seems.
The Day approaching: We don't know what this Day meant. There are two possibilities.
- The destruction of Jerusalem: Jesus predicted that the Temple in Jerusalem will be completely destroyed. (See Matt 24:1-2)
- The second coming of Jesus: The end of the world, the time of the Anti-Christ, the glorious return of Jesus Christ. (see Matt 24:30-31)