Summer/Fall 2020: Hebrews 1-4
Hebrews was written before the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. The writer of this letter does not identify himself. The content of the letter suggests a familiarity with the recipients, who were primarily Jewish believers. The recipients were tempted to revert to Judaism or continue aspects of the Jewish system. They faced the temptations to rely upon tradition or give up in face of hardship and resistance.
The author’s antidote is to articulate the all-surpassing merits of Jesus and the covenant of faith wrought in his name. Jesus’ superiority results in greater benefits and more certainty. In this unit we observe Jesus’ superiority to the angels, Moses, and the Aaronic priesthood. It ends with the exhortation to make every effort to enter the sabbath prepared for the people of God. We do so through faith in Christ’s work, obedience and perseverance. In all this we are to approach God with confidence in his mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.
Aug 2: Heb. 1:1–4 “He has spoken to us by his Son.” (Nathaniel Jackson)
Aug 9: Heb. 1:5–2:4 “Pay much closer attention.” (Stefan Matzal)
Aug 16: Heb. 2:5–9 “Jesus, crowned with glory.” (Robert Stewart)
Aug 23: Heb. 2:10–18 “Perfect through suffering.” (John Hartung)
Aug 30: Heb. 3:1–6 “More worthy than Moses.” (Mark Weldon)
Sept 6: Heb. 3:7–19 “Take care, brothers.” (Nathaniel Jackson)
Sept 13: Heb. 4:1–13 “Strive to enter that rest.” (Stefan Matzal)
Sept 20: Heb. 4:14–16 “Draw near to the throne of grace.” (Nathaniel Jackson)
Sept 27: Christian Virtues in a Pandemic. (Stefan Matzal)
Oct 4: Christian Virtues in a Fractured Nation. (Nathaniel Jackson)
The Eldership: July 2020