Hebrews was a written sermon that appeared around 70 A.D. Some people guess that the author was Paul, Apollos, or Luke.
Most people believe that the Book of Hebrews is worthy to be included in the Bible, but don’t know who wrote it.
The structure of the sermon is similar to sermons in our age. Bible verses are read, explained, and applied to the audience.
The only Bible the early church had was the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).
The pastor who wrote Hebrews began his message by making clear the way God encounters humans.
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets,
But in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds (Hebrews 1.1-2).
The Value of the Old Testament
One of the first things readers of Hebrews discover is the value of the Old Testament.
There are one people of God. In every age, God’s people are those who respond to his word.
Just as creation came into existence through the spoken word of God, God’s people are established by his word.
We demonstrate the fact that we are God’s children when we hear his word and follow his guidance.
This was true before Christ just as it is true today.
I have a daily Bible reading practice. I read passages that appear in blog articles.
I supplement that reading with a systematic reading of the Old Testament prophets and the Gospels.
I use the Prophets to inform daily prayer for myself and what is taking place in the world.
The Prophets speak to what is taking place in 2022. They call for repentance and justice. The words of the Prophets convict me of personal sin and that of the world in general.
Jesus is the supreme revelation of God’s message to the world. The Gospels reveal Jesus’ teaching, attitudes, and actions. Reading the Gospels will help us live a Jesus-kind-of-life.
Jesus didn’t come to abolish the Old Testament message. He declared his purpose when he gave the Sermon on the Mount.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
“For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5.17-18).
Jesus made it clear that the Old Testament is valuable, but he also stated that he would fulfill the plan of God that was revealed there.
Jesus’ message will comfort the troubled, and trouble the comfortable.
He will heal the brokenhearted and challenge the complacent to greater levels of devotion.
The Purpose of Hebrews
The Christians of 70 A.D. were tempted to join the world’s system instead of faithfully following Jesus.
Hebrews informs its readers that Jesus is exalted to the highest place, because of his obedience.
Jesus is our example. We determine to follow God’s guidance despite obstacles because we imitate his life.
Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
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