Out from a Second

In chapters eight through 10, the writer of Hebrews continues contrasting the old and new covenants, also discussing them as the first and second covenants. The first covenant had continual sacrifice.  Not only did the repeated sacrifices fail to remove sin, they actually reminded people of their sinfulness and kept their consciences from being clean….

Out with the Old, in with the…Older?

“For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son, who has been perfected forever” (Heb. 7:28). “The law” and “the word of the oath” are set up as contrasting covenants, contrasting approaches to God.  “The word of the oath” connects…

Sluggish in Hearing

“We have have much to say that is difficult to interpret since you have become sluggish in hearing” (Heb. 5:11). At the cusp of Hebrews five and six is a warning that seems to come out of nowhere.  Since the writer has been talking about Melchizedek and resumes this subject in chapter seven, the warning seems to erupt mid-thought….

Good Grip

Hebrews 5 continues talking about Jesus, our high priest, who sympathizes with our weaknesses.  Other high priests could be compassionate since they were weak like those they ministered to; they also needed sacrifice to repair their relationship with God. Jesus was not fallen; He wasn’t subject to a nature that is prone to sin.  He…

Rest (Part Two)

Please read part one first *** The same invitation is extended to us who hear the gospel: believe that Jesus finished purification for sin and did all that was necessary to bring us to God; believe that Jesus has been provided to us as our very life and is everything we need for life and…

Rest (Part One)

Faith and rest are the big ideas in Hebrews three and four.  Chapter three is concerned with the rest God offered His people in the land He prepared for them.  Deuteronomy describes the land as having “large and beautiful cities you did not build, houses full of every good thing that you did not fill…

Happy

Much of Hebrews chapter 3 centers on a quote from Psalm 95, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness….”   Psalm 95 is referring to an incident in Exodus 17.  Israel’s wilderness journey brings them to Rephidim where there…

Friends!

Jesus is as fully man’s Son as He is God’s.  Hebrews tells us Jesus could not mediate between God and man unless He was like us in every way (Heb. 2:17).  This is why the writer of Hebrews says it was appropriate that God should make the source of our salvation perfect through sufferings (Heb….

A Mile in Our Shoes

The writer of Hebrews observes that God hasn’t subjected the world to come to angels.  Then he quotes Psalm 8, which marvels at God putting creation under the lordship of humans.  Yet it was not to run of the mill humanity that God subjected creation.  After the fall, people lost their lordship in a way;…

The Greater Message

The writer of Hebrews warns us to pay even more attention to what we’ve heard so we don’t drift away.  What have we heard?  “God has spoken to us in His Son” (Heb. 1:2).  We must not drift from the Son, God’s message. People were punished for rejecting the message of prophets and angels.  Yet…