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Hebrews
Jesus has gone to Heaven to help His followers.

Hebrews

The Book of Hebrews was written by an unknown author.

The fourteenth of the Epistles, and the nineteenth book in the New Testament, is entitled Hebrews. It was written in approximately 68 AD, but by whom, we do not know. Several possible authors have been credited with the work, but the style of writing is unlike any other books in the Bible, and so the author remains unknown.

The letter is addressed to Jewish Christians, many of whom found themselves persecuted by their fellow Jews. The writer of Hebrews fears that Jewish Christians are in danger of slipping back into the Jewish faith because of this persecution. To affirm them in their new found Christian faith, the author shows them Christ's superiority over all Old Testament laws and practices. He urges the Christians to remain true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, their saviour.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
1.
Hebrews begins by saying that Jesus is superior to who?
Gabriel
The angels
Lucifer
The demons
Jesus is God's son and so, superior to even the angels.

Hebrews 1:4-6
"being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him"
2.
Jesus has gone to Heaven to help His followers. He is their great what?
Their great Prophet
Their great Spokesman
Their great High Priest
Their great Master
Unlike any other High Priest, Jesus was without sin.

Hebrews 4:14-15
"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin"
3.
The author of Hebrews tells his readers to set aside every weight and sin so that they can do what?
So that they can lift the cross of Jesus
So that they can run the race set for them
So that they can carry the burden given to them
So that they can climb the mountain before them
Sins always threaten to trip us up, but if we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will finish the race.

Hebrews 12:1-2
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God"
4.
According to the writer of Hebrews, the word of God is sharper than what?
A barber's razor
A bitter needle
A butcher's knife
A two-edged sword
Everything about us, even our thoughts, are laid bare by the all-seeing eye of God.

Hebrews 4:12-13
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do"
5.
Talking about faith the author says that because of Abel's faith, his offering pleased God more than his brother's. Who was Abel's brother?
Lot
Shem
Cain
Ham
As well as Abel, the author cites Enoch, whose faith pleased God so much, that he never died.

Hebrews 11:4-5
"By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God"
6.
Who is it that the author of Hebrews says shall live by faith?
The peaceful
The righteous
The meek
The just
Those who fail in their faith shall be lost, but those who stay firm in their beliefs will be saved.

Hebrews 10:38-39
"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul"
7.
Jesus is compared in the letter to a King and High Priest who blessed Abraham long ago. What was the name of this King of Salem?
Melchisedec
Levi
Malachi
Lothar
Hebrews 6:20-7:2
"whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace."

Melchisedec received a tithe from Abraham, being above him. Therefore Melchisedec's (or Jesus') priesthood is superior to the Jewish priesthood, who are descended from Abraham
8.
We are told not to dislike receiving God's punishments. Why should we not despise them?
Because they are a blessing
Because they make us dismiss this world
Because they drive the sin from us
Because they prove that God loves us
The reason that God punishes us is because He loves us, as a father punishes his errant child.

Hebrews 12:5-6
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth"
9.
Jesus, through His death on the cross, has brought an end to what?
To sacrifices
To death
To prayer
To illness
Jesus' sacrifice of Himself means that those who believe in Him will have their sins forgotten by God.

Hebrews 10:14-18
"For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin"
10.
What do Christians have, according to the author, where Jewish non-Christians have no right to eat?
A table
A banquet
An altar
A restaurant
The Jewish High Priest brought blood from dead animals to the temple as a sacrifice for sin, and the animals' bodies were burned outside of the city. That is why the sacrifice of Jesus' blood, which washed away our sins, happened outside the walls of Jerusalem.

Hebrews 13:10-12
"We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate"

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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