Sunday, August 09, 2020 •
Today's passage presents another dire warning for the author's audience coupled with a passionate plea to persevere in their faith.
Sunday, August 02, 2020 •
This section culminated the author's message on Jesus as our great High Priest (via inclusio). Jesus' ministry and sacrifice demands the right response from His followers. The author provided three.
Sunday, July 26, 2020 •
The Tabernacle (and later the Temple) were important aspects of Israel's religion. But they were shadows of something better.
Sunday, July 19, 2020 •
Under a Better Covenant, a Better Priesthood mandates a Better Tabernacle in which to minister. But in what Tabernacle does our great High Priest minister? Before we answer, we must examine the Tabernacle ordained for God's worship under the Old Testament.
Sunday, July 12, 2020 •
A new Priesthood (ch.7) is inextricably linked to a new covenant. The New Covenant is based on better promises!
Sunday, July 05, 2020 •
Jesus comes from the priestly order of Melchizedek (7:1-10). But how exactly is His priesthood better than Aaron's?
Sunday, June 28, 2020 •
The author returns to the discussion of Jesus' priesthood, suspended because of his readership's immaturity (5:11-6:20). In this first of a two-part message, Melchizedek's Biblical history is remembered.
Sunday, June 21, 2020 •
The author's strong warnings (6:1-8) gave way to much-needed words of encouragement. Challenges need not retard the Christian in his/her spiritual progress. We have an anchor of the soul thanks to Jesus.
Sunday, June 14, 2020 •
The author mentioned Melchizedek in his previous point about Jesus' qualification to serve as our High Priest (5:10). The spiritual immaturity of those being addressed however caused him to take a detour and address their maturity, or lack thereof.
Sunday, June 07, 2020 •
All people are vulnerable, having been exposed by the Word of God as sinners deserving of divine judgment (4:12-13). We need someone to intercede and advocate for us, but who is qualified?
Sunday, May 31, 2020 •
The Hebrew word for rest is Sabbath. The author contrasts the rest promised Israel in the Old Testament with the rest God promises in the New Testament. In both cases, God's rest is based on creation! How do people claim God's promise of rest (Sabbath)?
Sunday, May 24, 2020 •
The readers of the epistle to the Hebrews were threatening a return to Judaism, whose great leader had been Moses. But isn't Jesus greater than Moses? The author of Hebrews will contrast the two men.