The Book of Hebrews: 3:7-10 (NLT)
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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.
The scriptures once again make a comparison between the rebellious Israelites who filled their hearts with unbelief and hardened their hearts to the promises of God to the hearts of the new Jewish believers in Christ Jesus. When Moses brought the Israelites out of slavery and bondage from Egypt, God had displayed His great power with miracles including the 10 plagues. The book of Exodus describes the plagues including the river turning into blood, infestation of frogs and lice, locusts, pestilence, great darkness, and finally death of the firstborn male not covered by the Passover blood on the household doors.
God split the Red Sea when the Israelites had been pursued by the Egyptians so that they could cross safely. The Egyptians that followed in pursuit, drowned when God had the waters return to their original state. Despite the great signs and miracles that God did for the Israelites, as soon as a new challenge would come up, they would forget the Word of the Lord, and grumble and complain to Moses. God spoke through Moses that He had land for them that was originally promised to Abraham and His descendants.
When the Israelites approached the “promised land,” Moses sent 12 men, one from each of the tribes of Israel, as spies to survey the land. When the spies came back, ten of them gave an evil report which was highly negative and caused the people to fear. Two spies, Joshua and Caleb, believed God’s Word and said that they were well able to take the land because God was on their side and the enemies had no protection. The people sided with the 10 spies and wanted to stone Moses. God was so angry with their unbelief after all the miracles He had done for them. God was about to kill the people but Moses interceded and reminded God that their enemies would not speak well of Him if He killed them. Moses was the mediator between God and His chosen people.
God said that the Israelites would wander through the wilderness until the unbelieving generation (those over 20 years old) had passed away. The only ones of that generation that would go into the “promised land” would be Joshua and Caleb. Moses would only see the “promised land,” but not enter physically.
Although the book of Hebrews is written to the Jewish Christians, it is also written to Gentiles who have received Jesus and are now heirs under Abraham’s covenant with God. All the promises that we read in our Bible from the Lord are “yes and Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20) if we dare to believe and get rid of doubt, unbelief, and complaining. Don’t harden or turn your heart away when the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. Trust His Word and believe in His promises. If you are struggling in that area, ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Remember, faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17), and times of prayer and fasting help overcome doubt and unbelief (Matthew 17:21).
Heavenly Father, I pray that You bless me with the strength and energy to finish this week with determination. Equip me with everything I need to give my all to the tasks in front of me. Thank You for always being by my side and helping me in all that I do. May I use the gifts and talents You have given me to serve others and bring joy to those around me. Please guide my steps and protect me as I go about my day. In Jesus name, Amen.
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