Lesson 20: Acceptable Worship

At the close of chapter the 12 the author of Hebrews encouraged his readers that since they received “a kingdom which cannot be shaken” they should “show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” (vs. 28). The word translated as “offer...service” in the NASB95 is translated as... Continue Reading →

Lesson 18: Run With Endurance

Earlier, the Hebrew author had told his audience that they “have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10.36). The author then proceeded to give numerous examples in chapter 11 of men and women who through faith endured, even though they hadn’t... Continue Reading →

Lesson 17: Now Faith Is…

When speaking of the new and better covenant, the author of Hebrews stated “if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second” (Hebrews 8.7). But what was the fault of the first covenant? Granted, the promises of the first covenant were not as great as the promises... Continue Reading →

Lesson 16: Since We… Let Us

Good theology is more than learning some truths about God, rather good theology always has practical application. In other words, good theology teaches “since this is true about God, this is what we should do in response.” The author of Hebrews had been reminding his audience of some important theological truths: the failure of the... Continue Reading →

Lesson 15: A Better Offering

Thus far, the author has stated several times that the Levitical system was insufficient to deal with man’s real problem: sin. Neither the Levitical priesthood or the Law could make man perfect (Hebrews 7.11,19) and while the blood of bulls and goats could “sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh” (Hebrews 9.13), they could not... Continue Reading →

Lesson 14: Mediator Of A New Covenant

Having established that the new covenant was superior than the first, being based on better promises (Hebrews 8.6-13) and that the priestly service in the tabernacle of the first covenant was vastly inferior to Jesus’ ministry in the true tabernacle (Hebrews 9.1-14), the author returns to Jesus’ role as “mediator of a new covenant” (Hebrews... Continue Reading →

Lesson 13: A Better Covenant

In chapter 8 we focused on the better priesthood of Jesus and the associated better covenant, but there was one other matter introduced which shows the superiority of Jesus’ priesthood: He is “a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man” (Hebrews 8.2). The author returns to the... Continue Reading →

Lesson 12: Better Priest… Better Covenant

The superiority of Jesus’ priesthood was already evidenced by the fact that while the Levitical priesthood was comprised of mortals who could not continue as priests because of death, Jesus maintains His priesthood forever because He lives forever (Hebrews 7.23-25). Furthermore, the Levitical priests were required to offer sacrifices for their own sins, but Jesus... Continue Reading →

Lesson 11: A Fitting High Priest

Having established Melchizedek’s superiority to Abraham and thus his superiority to Abraham’s descendants (including Levi and Aaron), the Hebrews author then turned to why an oath was made that the Messiah would be “priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (cf. Psalm 110.4): the Levitical priesthood made nothing perfect (Hebrews 7.11)!  Hebrews 7.18-22, Changing Of... Continue Reading →

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