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Hebrews Bible Study: Jesus Christ: King, Redeemer, High Priest
Below is everything you need to get started on this 4-week Bible study on the book of Hebrews. ** Make sure to scroll all the way down to find the free resources. **
This is a 4-week Bible study on the book of Hebrews. Each week we’ll focus on three chapters, but during the last week, we’ll focus on four.
Every Monday I’ll give you a list of questions that are designed to get you thinking and digging. I’ll also provide some tidbits of information that I’ve gleaned while studying this book. You’ll find these in the “Did you know…” sections. In addition to this, I’ll list a challenge each week, and a memory verse.
Some readers have asked if there is a printable study guide available. Unfortunately, there isn’t for this one. There is a study guide available at Amazon.com (Click here). For those who prefer a free version, I will provide the questions for the study each Monday during the four weeks of the study.
Last but not least, I’ve been working on a collection of printable scripture/encouragement cards. These beautiful cards can be printed off and used in a number of ways–use them as note cards,
Scroll down the page to find all of these resources.
On Fridays I’ll post my answers to the questions for each chapter, so make sure that you come back on Fridays for that. If you would like to share your thoughts on the study, you can do so in the comment section below or on my facebook page @Timewarpwife
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Introduction to the Book of Hebrews
Authorship of this book is unknown, although many scholars attribute the writing to Paul. In Acts 24, Luke described Apollos as “eloquent and mighty in scripture,” so he’s also a possible candidate for authorship. It may have been Luke or another associate of theirs, but then again no one knows for sure. What we do know is that the book is beautifully written and in fact often considered a literary masterpiece.
The words “better,” “greater,” and “more” appear frequently throughout the text as the author sets out to show the reader that Christ is better than the angels, higher than the priests, and greater than any Old Testament prophet. The new covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ is superior in every way to that under the Levitical law.
Due to the terminology in relation to the tabernacle, it appears to have been written just prior to the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. What’s interesting to note is that the temple hasn’t been rebuilt since then. Why? Because God knows that Jesus is enough. The blood of Jesus eliminates the need for the high priest to enter the Holy of Holies year after year to atone for both his sins and the sins of the people.
Because of its emphasis on Old Testament law and the Levitical priesthood, it’s believed to have been written to the Jews, thus given the name “Hebrews.” Although the primary audience is followers of Christ, it’s obvious by the arguments put forth by the author that many were still hedging on the idea of salvation through Christ alone. They knew who Jesus was, but had they truly understood the gospel of salvation by grace through faith?
This letter encourages them to grow, to press on in the face of affliction, and to grab hold of the gospel which they had been taught.
From front to back, it explains who Christ is, what He’s done, and why He’s better than any earthly high priest.
Below is a video by The Bible Project which breaks down the literary design of the book and it’s flow of thought. It’s an awesome little video that helps us to see the whole picture before we dig into chapter 1.
How do I participate in this study?
If you haven’t done so already, you can purchase a copy of the study guide at Amazon. Click here.
If you don’t want to purchase a study guide, you don’t have to. Everything you need for the study is provided for you in the links above.
During the week, you’ll study at home, following the outline of the study guide. You can study alone or with a group of friends–well suited for either.
These are my favourite online Bible study tools!
Bible Gateway – Every version you can imagine is online
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
Looking for an easier commentary? Here’s the Concise Version
Other commentaries you might preferInterlinear Bible – I love this one!
Blue Letter Bible – Dig into the Hebrew and Greek
Bible Word Search
Hebrews Bible Study: Jesus Christ: King, Redeemer, High Priest
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Chapter 1 – Christ is Better Than the Angels
In the Old Testament God spoke through His prophets. In the New Testament, He spoke through His Son. How could they tell if a prophet was truly sent by God? See Deuteronomy 18:21-22
In much the same way, how do we know that Christ was sent by God? See Matthew 3:16-17. Also compare Matthew 16:21 with 1 Corinthians 15:3-8.
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]The theme of Hebrews is to show the superiority of Christ and His role as a mediator between God and Man. It also challenges readers to remain faithful.[/su_box]
In Chapter 1 we see that Jesus is superior to the angels. What are some of the ways the author contrasts the two in this chapter?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]The book of Hebrews was written to Christian Jews; therefore, we find the author frequently referring to Old Testament law. He does this in order to establish the fact that Jesus is the Messiah that Israel had been waiting for. [/su_box]
What 5 truths does the author give us in verse 3 to prove that Jesus is Lord?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″]The term “express image” in Hebrews 1:3 comes from the Hebrew word “
Why is it important to understand that Jesus is better than the angels?
Who created the heavens and the earth? What else can we learn about Jesus from John 1:1-3?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]The Biblical term for the word “Hebrew” is “Ivri”, which means “to cross over” or “pass through.” (Wikipedia) [/su_box]
Why might this chapter be important to establishing the Hebrew’s faith in Christ? If you need help answering this, look up Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Hebrews Chapter 1.
Chapter 2 – Crowned with Glory and Honor
The word “therefore” or “for this reason” is used at the beginning of this chapter to show us how Chapter 1 backs up the next statement. With that in mind, complete the following sentences:
Because… (the point made in Chapter 1)
We must… (warning at the beginning of Chapter 2)
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]Verse 2 doesn’t mean that God abolished the law, it reminds readers that they are held accountable by the same standards of the law that their forefathers were, and therefore in need of salvation. Christ is the fulfillment of the law, freely bestowing salvation upon those who believe. [/su_box]
“Think not that I am come to destroy the
What is the “great salvation” we read about in Verse 3?
How did God testify to the message of salvation that was passed on from Christ to the apostles?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]Up until the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, the Jews relied upon the high priest to make a yearly atonement for their sins. The author of Hebrews sets out to prove that Jesus is a perfect sacrifice, the greatest High Priest, and the mediator of a better covenant.[/su_box]
What does Jesus call those who believe in Him?
Why was the death of Christ necessary?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]One of the first heresies of the church was not only denying the ‘deity’ of Christ; strangely enough, it was denying the ‘humanity’ of Christ. The Gnostics had a twisted belief known as “docetism,” which comes from the Greek word
Why was it important for Jesus to be human in every way?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]In verse 10, the word “perfect” is translated from the Greek word “
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]In Verse 17, the word “reconciliation” (KJV) is translated from the Greek word “
Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. – Hebrews 2:12
Chapter 3 – Jesus is Greater than Moses
Note: If you need help answering these questions, visit Wikipedia for background information.
Verse 1 says that Jesus is our apostle and High Priest. Briefly define what these titles are.
Approximately what year did the office of the Jewish high priest cease? Why?
When was the book of Hebrews generally believed to have been written?
Who was the first high priest of Israel?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]To understand this chapter, we must also understand the mindset of the Jews at this time. In their minds, Moses was highly respected. The law came through Moses at Mt. Sinai and, in fact, his name is mentioned 828 times in the Bible.
Today we might ask ourselves ‘What would Jesus do?’ In those days, they considered the teachings of Moses passed down from generation to generation, which was then recorded in the Talmud. As they applied this, it became the oral law—the application of the old law, through the interpretation of the rabbis, according to what they believed Moses would do.
Because of the scripture in Deuteronomy 18:15, many Jews believed, and still do, that the coming Messiah would be nothing more than a prophet likened to Moses: “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto
Because of their faith in prophets like Moses, it was important that the Hebrews understood how Jesus was greater than them. [/su_box]
In this chapter we see that Jesus is better than Moses. What are some of the reasons the author gives us to back up this fact?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]While God’s rest in the Old Testament was to physically enter the land of Canaan, entering into God’s rest in the New Testament is a spiritual rest by grace through faith.[/su_box]
Compare verses 1-11 with Numbers 13-14:35. What happened in the wilderness, and why was God angry?
[su_box title=”Did you know…” style=”soft” box_color=”#969494″ radius=”5″]Faith and faithfulness go hand in hand. If you truly have faith in Christ, you will also be faithful to Him. A faithful person is loyal, steadfast, and true to their word.[/su_box]
How might a person be “hardened by sin’s deceitfulness?” (verses 12-13)
The author tells us that we are partakers with Christ, but what condition do we find in Verse 14?
That’s all for today. I’ll see you on Friday for part two of chapter one.
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THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
Dig into God’s Word. Don’t worry so much about completing every question, but rather set aside time every day to open your Bible and see where God leads. Keep a pen and a highlighter close by to takes notes as you are learning.
For we are made partakers of
While the image below only shows nine cards, there are 16 in total. Each week (Mondays) during the study I’ll be giving you four of them. These little scripture cards are high resolution. Each one is 4 x 5 inches, making them ideal for encouraging note cards. Because they’re so pretty, I also like the idea of putting a couple of them on the refrigerator for daily encouragement.
Click the image below to view and print your first four cards:
About the Author
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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