Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 35 Day 4

Our reading challenge for the day is Hebrews 1-5. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Hebrews is an interesting book, in part because the authorship is so obscure. It’s always been a matter of speculation. The theology is very much like Paul, but the vocabulary and style are unlike anything else in the New Testament. There is no statement of authorship as we find in Paul’s letters.

The text concerns Hebrew Christians who are enduring suffering and are tempted to deny Christ and find solace in the Law.

Hebrews 1 - Jesus is the exalted Son of God, greater than the angels.

Hebrews 2 - Salvation in Jesus must not be neglected. Jesus is the one who is worthy of all honor and glory. He brings us to glory as he perfects us to be his brothers.

Hebrews 3 - Jesus is the prophet who comes after Moses, the one who is a son in God’s house, while Moses was a faithful servant.

Hebrews 4 - Jesus is the great high priest today and forever, the one who gives us grace. We are to make sure we don’t depart from his saving and cleansing love.

Hebrews 5 - Jesus is both priest and sacrifice. We who should know this need to cultivate ourselves to grasp how much Jesus has done for us.

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