Welcome to The Hebrews Bible Study!
Welcome to the Bible Study I’m hosting on the Book of Hebrews!
Every Tuesday of this summer, we’ll be looking at one chapter of Hebrews and pulling truths from each.
Here’s how it’s going to work:
You’re going to read one chapter of Hebrews every week, which I’ll link to at the beginning of each post. There, it’ll be easily accessible and you can easily click back over here.
I’ll write a study guide for that chapter every Tuesday on my blog, the two aligning.
At the end of each study’s post, I’ll have a series of questions that you can answer in your head, in a notebook, or in the comment section. Or social media. That totally works too.
I’m hoping this’ll be fun, insightful, and challenging!
What’s the point of all this? I believe that the Bible is something to be enjoyed – not in an entertainment aspect alone, but as a way of soaking up truth. Learning things that directly pertain to the Christian life. Growing in our faith day by day.
That, friends, is something to relish.
You’re welcome to jump in at any time and join us. You don’t have to have read each previous study to read the current one, for they’ll be somewhat independent of one another. However, reading from the beginning, of course, will be beneficial. At the beginning of each study, you’ll be able to click on previous ones.
So please, grab a cup of coffee or tea, a favorite quiet spot, and discover truth with me. Let your mind unwind and prepare to read truth!
An Introduction to Hebrews
If you hadn’t seen from previous blog posts, comments, or tweets, I adore the book of Hebrews in the Bible.
Why? Because some of the most imperative truths in the Bible are contained in this book. It covers practically everything: from the Creation of the universe to Old Testament Law, High Priests and blood sacrifices, prophecy, Jesus, and what grace looks like for us now. What could be better?
While reading through this book for the past two weeks, I noticed patterns and revelations, and things that I’d never noticed before. So why not share everything I’ve learned?
Before we start, it’s vital to take some background into consideration.
1) This book is written to Jewish (Hebrew) Christians. What does that mean for us? It means that as we read it’s important to keep in mind that this book wasn’t written for us Gentile (non-Jewish) Christians, it’s a progression for the Jewish believers that had followed God’s laws for thousands of years.
They knew of all the prophecies about Jesus, and here He was. Some were wondering who the heck He was, and if His claims were true. Was He really their long-awaited Messiah?
Others were piecing together the prophecies with the events and saying, whoa, this guy REALLY is who we’ve been waiting for! This is incredible! And that’s exactly how it was supposed to be.
Hebrews confirms for the Jewish Christians that yes, Jesus really was the Promised One. He really was the real deal. And He was not a disappointment in any way, as so many had thought because He never physically conquered their oppressors.
2) When we see reference to Old Testament Law (the Ten Commandments, Sabbaths, Priests, sacrifices, etc.), they’re referenced in a way that shows they point to Jesus.
In short, these laws written here, straight from the Old Testament, do not apply to us anymore.
Before you get all up in arms, defending why the law is important, think about why the law was given.
*It was given to govern; namely, keep a covenant with the Hebrew people and God, and define morality.
*It was given to show the people their sin; because God knew we could never keep His laws perfectly because of our sin natures, He used it to show that no one is righteous, and therefore, we need a solution.
Jesus was that solution. And the Old Covenant has been replaced with a new one.
Which one is that? The covenant of grace. This is why I talk about grace so often as opposed to “why we should be honest” or “why we should rest on Sundays” or “why coveting is wrong.”
It’s not because I don’t believe those things are right; OF COURSE THEY ARE! But now, our focus is on so much more than just obedience – it’s on faith. Believing in Jesus, that HE was our once-and-for-all sacrifice.
Obeying the Ten Commandments isn’t where it stops anymore. The emphasis is no longer on how we can measure up to God’s standards, but on how Jesus measured up for us.
So many people teach the Old Testament as “we must obey every commandment given in the Old Testament,” whereas it should be taught now as what we now see as pointing to Jesus, and not our morality.
Let’s Get Started!
Did you read it? Great. Me too. (No, seriously, if you didn’t just read it, go ahead and do it now. I’ll wait.)
Let’s go for real now.
While I could do a verse-by-verse interpretation, plenty of other people do that, and I’m not planning on doing it. However, I’d like to pull some important points out of the chapter.
Jesus really is God. The exact representation of His being. (Hebrews 1:3) He’s not an angel. Not a “good moral teacher.” Not a human who pretended to know what He was doing.
For some, that’s almost impossible to grasp. How could a man be God? How could God be a man?
Let’s not let the “how” perplex us. If we believe that God is all-powerful, what would stop Him from coming to our level in order to save us?
Additionally, here’s something to wrap our brains around: we were made in the image of God, and God (Jesus) came from Heaven in the image of man. If Jesus is the exact representation of God, and also appeared human to us (who were made in the image of God), it’s absolutely reasonable that Jesus was unquestionably God. There’s no debate over its impossibility if we believe this.
I don’t know about you, but that totally blows my mind.
Through Jesus, God made the universe. (Hebrews 1:2)
This confirms creation, it confirms Jesus’ power, and it confirms His place in the Trinity.
Jesus is no “meek and mild wimp” Son of God. He holds just as much power and say as God the Father does.
He knew what would happen to the world He was creating.
He knew all about the sin that would pollute creation.
He knew He’d come to earth to die an underserved death, and He did it willingly.
Jesus is eternal. (Hebrews 1:8-12) His death on earth did not affect His Kingship.
Because God is an eternal Being, His death was the only one ever that could overpower sin. Because God is holy and sinless, His death was the perfect sacrifice.
The eternity of God directly pertains to the significance of salvation: Because He rules in Heaven (and later on earth) for all eternity, His life and death on earth was only a bridge for what is to come.
Because God lives forever, He is eternally significant. He is forever our Ruler. Forever our Savior. Forever the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Forever the only thing that gives our lives true significance.
*Jesus really is God.
*Through Jesus, the universe was made.
*Jesus is eternal, and therefore our only true King.
In short? Jesus changes everything.
Questions of the Week:
- Which point stood out to you the most, and why?
- Had you ever thought about us being under a new covenant, the covenant of grace?
- What was your favorite verse from today’s chapter?