Hebrews #5 C. 1-2 Reflection
“We should muse upon the things of God, because we will then get the real nutrition out of them. Truth is something like a cluster of grapes: if we want wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times. … So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth, if we want to get the wine of consolation from it.” (Charles Spurgeon, Morning & Evening Devotions, Psalm 119).
Each time we approach the Scriptures, we aim not only to understand God’s word but to KNOW Him more. On top of having two-part studies on one passage this year, we are also going to have reflection sessions on the sections in Hebrews. What we are doing is not to try and have ‘more time for application’ as though we aren’t applying the Bible when we first study it. What we want is to have more space and time to meditate and munch on the life-giving words of the Son, and pray that the Spirit will shape our hearts and minds to truly believe those words.
Read Hebrews 1:1-4 slowly a few times. How have these words shaped your view of Jesus in the past weeks?
Speak to our Father in prayer – thank Him for these wonderful words about His Son. Ask that His Spirit may help your heart and mind picture and worship the Son in all of His glory.
Read Hebrews 1:1-14. What comes to your mind as you read what the Old Testament says about the Son? How do you feel about the idea here that the Son is God’s King-Judge whom He speaks to us through?
Take a moment in prayer: ask our Father to grow your mind in appreciation of the Son as King-Judge. Talk to the Lord about your struggles if any, to acknowledge the Son as King-Judge.
Read Hebrews 1:1-2:4. How is your heart and mind responding when you read of the message of “great salvation” (2:3-4) we have received through the Lord Jesus? Do you find yourself sometimes at risk of neglecting this salvation or not paying attention to the Son? Why?
Ask our Father in prayer that He will help you understand the state of your hearing and your heart towards His Son. Plead with Him to always keep your ears attentive to Him that you may never drift away.
Read Hebrews 2:5-18. What do you think and feel when you picture the glorious Son (described in 1:1-2:4) becoming “a little while lower than the angels?” (2:7, 9) What does it mean to you personally that Jesus took on “flesh and blood” (2:14) just like you?
Speak to the Lord in thanksgiving that He sent His Son to partake in our humanity. Tell Him how this truth encourages you, or how you may find it hard to understand it.
Read Hebrews 2:5-18. Do you find your heart and mind agreeing that “because Jesus Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted” (2:18)? How has this helped you to pay closer attention to Him?
Talk to our Father about these things and share your heart with Him.