Mary Did You Know?

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Mary Did You Know” by Buddy Greene.  I was privileged to see my daughter’s school choir perform it this year, and as I think about it, the song is very fitting for a study in the first chapter of Hebrews.  We would ask Mary, did you know this:

Hebrews 1:1 – 4 — “God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

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God Hath Spoken

This is the first in a study that I am beginning on the Epistle to the Hebrews.  Before going straight into the study, I want to bring you into my understanding of the place and the context of this epistle.  It has long been a controversial epistle in regards to authorship, audience, and intent.

It is no secret that the twelve apostles were all Jews, or better yet, men of Israel, Hebrews.  In their ministry before the cross, they were sent to preach to the Jews.  In Matthew 10:5 & 6, the Lord told them explicitly not to go to the Gentiles or to the Samaritans, but to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  The Lord Himself said explicitly in Matthew 15:24 that He was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  In Romans 15:8, the apostle Paul reminds his readers that “Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God to confirm the promises made unto the fathers”, and any reader of the four Gospels would have to conclude that His ministry was indeed to Israel.  He did not come to take away that which God had promised, but to confirm it. Continue reading “God Hath Spoken”

A Better Atonement, A Better Covenant

Hebrews 9:1–10:25

Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

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On This Day of Atonement

A Better Atonement, A Better Covenant

Hebrews 9:1-10:25

Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

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If They Shall Fall Away

There is often discussion, debate, and argument among sincere Christians who believe the Word of God regarding the security of the believer’s position in Christ, and the eternality of salvation.  The most referred to passage of scripture among those who see warnings of the possibility of the Christian losing his place in Christ, and therefore losing his salvation is found in Hebrews chapter 6, verses 4-8.   Continue reading “If They Shall Fall Away”