Hebrews #6 3:1-4:13 (Part 1)
Recall again how the author of Hebrews’ wants his readers (them AND us!) to respond to what he has written so far.
List out all the things the author showed us in in Hebrews 1 & 2 about Jesus the Son that help us to pay very close attention to Him. Which of these mean the most personally to you?
Spend some time in prayer thanking God for all that He’s shown you so far in Hebrews (something we often take for granted!). As we begin the next chapters of Hebrews, ask for more of the Spirit’s help in shaping our hearts to listen carefully and guard us from drifting away from Jesus and His Message.
Read Hebrews 3:1 – 4:13.
What verses show us that the author’s aim from Chapters 1 & 2 remains unchanged? What are some of the terms he repeats from those chapters? What are the new terms he brings in?
There are two parts of the Old Testament that are key to this week’s passage. The first is a reference to Moses (3:1-6) and the generation of Israel’s fathers that Moses led (3:16-19)
One of the challenges of reading Hebrews as 21st century Singaporeans is that we need to remember to put ourselves in the shoes of the Jewish readers. What would they have understood about Moses and that generation in the wilderness? Which parts of Exodus and Numbers specifically help us understand that generation better?
The second part of the Old Testament that we need to look at is Psalm 95:7-11.
Read the whole of Psalm 95 – What are some key questions we can ask about this Psalm to help us understand the point that the author of Hebrews is making? *Hint: remember our tips in reading the OT from earlier studies.
Read Hebrews 3:1 – 4:13 again.
If there was just one big thing God is saying to us in this first week of looking at this passage, what would it be? How can you respond rightly to what He is saying?
Speak to God in response to what He is saying and talk to Him about how you will respond rightly to His Word.