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The Book of Hebrews (NLT): This Book argues for the superiority of Jesus Christ over the Jewish law and traditions, showing that He is the ultimate high priest and the perfect sacrifice for sin. The author emphasizes the need for perseverance in faith, warning against falling away from the truth and encouraging the readers to hold fast to their faith in Christ. The Book of Hebrews is located in the New Testament containing 13 chapters and a total of 303 verses.
Author: Attributed to the apostle Paul, but its true author is anonymous.
Theme: The superiority of Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of God and the fulfillment of the Old Testament law and prophecies. The new covenant that Jesus brought is superior to the old covenant under the law and faith is superior.
Timeline: Believed to have been written between AD 60 and AD 70 before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
Structure: A New Testament letter written to Jewish Christians.
Recipients: Jewish Christians.
Importance: The book of Hebrews is considered authoritative scripture and provides important teachings on the person and work of Jesus Christ, as well as the superiority of faith and the new covenant over the old covenant. It is also considered profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, as stated in 2nd Timothy 4:16.
Because the book of Hebrews is written to the Jews, the scriptures clearly differentiate Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Son of God who became a man, the Creator of all things including angels, from all others that came before Him that were highly revered, including Moses. Jesus was sent by God to reveal God’s love and plan of salvation for mankind. He is our High Priest because He fulfilled the duties of a priest under the Mosaic law when He offered His own sinless sacrificial blood as the price to redeem us from our sins.
Moses was faithful to God, was a great leader of the Israelites and he took care of God’s people, God’s house. Jesus is compared to Moses and shown to be greater and more honorable than Moses. The Jewish people had followed the Mosaic law (written law under Moses) for thousands of years but with Jesus, a New Covenant/Testament, or (legally binding) contract, was being proclaimed as the Gospel or good news. Jesus came to redeem and buy back mankind from the bondage of sin and eternal death.
Back in Genesis after Adam/Eve sinned and fell from their position, God had a plan to redeem mankind. God said that the promised seed (Jesus), would come from the woman. Satan would bruise His heel, but He would crush Satan’s head (Genesis 3:15). Satan thought He had defeated God’s plan for redemption when Jesus died on the cross (1 Corinthians 2:7-8), but Jesus defeated and made a mockery of Satan and His demons when He took the keys of hell and death before he was resurrected 3 days and 3 nights later.
Moses took care of God’s house, God’s people. Jesus came and built His house, of which He is the head cornerstone of the building. The foundation had been laid by the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:19-22) and Jews who became Christians were now part of the house that Jesus built. We as Christians today are also part of that house or His body and as individuals, each one of us is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19-20).
Father God, I place my trust in You during this time of change. Your word gives me strength and courage as I keep my focus on You. I am grateful for the sound mind You have given me, allowing me to fulfill my responsibilities with joy and hope. I know that with You by my side and all things will be brought to completion in Jesus name, Amen.
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