Welcome to the first weekly summary of our March Bible reading challenge! This week was all about Hebrews and I thought it was so good. Let’s dive in:
I love the way the book of Hebrews is written; I believe that the personality of the author is unique to this book. Scholars vary on which apostle is assigned as author; while the majority believe it is Paul, some assign Luke and others think possibly Barnabas is the other. This is the first time I’m reading the book of Hebrews all the way through in the ESV; it’s so beautiful and strong.
My favorite verse is this first chapter? Verse 3.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
The power of words is something I believe in, but to grasp the power of God’s Word that he spoke the world into existence? Mind-blowing.
This chapter begins an explanation of Jesus as the Son of God. The writer explains that he is not in the same heavenly position as the angels and further explains that Jesus suffered in death to provide grace to all.
Which fact about Jesus from this chapter inspired you the most?
This section of the epistle encourages the readers to stand strong in the faith. The writer explains the purpose of his letter on different levels:
Warning: Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. v. 12
Exhortation: But exhort one another every day, v. 13
Focus: For we have come to share in Christ… v. 14
I consider verse 4 to be a little nugget of wisdom tucked into this chapter; as the entire verse is contained within parentheses:
(For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)
Chapter 4 explains the way to find rest in God is to rest in His Word. The author references a few examples of Moses, Joshua and David. The entire chapter points toward the last verse, which was my favorite of this chapter:
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. v. 16
Are you in a time of need? RUN to his grace and mercy. Christ’s redemptive work on the cross and his miraculous resurrection gives us the privilege of running boldly to the throne of God.
Wow, chapter 5 is so rich. Do you understand that in the Old Testament, the high priest interceded on behalf of the people? In his position, one of his many jobs was to take the blood of the sacrifices and sprinkle it on the mercy seat. When Jesus died and the temple veil was torn in two pieces, Jesus became the High Priest for all the world. He was ordained by God and obeyed God;therefore, we have direct access to the throne of God, as mentioned above.
I feel that this chapter is summarized by v. 9:
And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
What more can I say?
Jesus is everything. All I need. All you need.