The Journey - October 14, 2023

Hebrews 1 - 4

Teacher: Darrell Rott

  1. Better! Heb. 1:1-4
    Prophets, Angels, Moses, Joshua. Rest. Priesthood. Better Communication!
    Christianity better than Judaism!
  • "The basic idea of this letter is that Jesus Christ alone brings to men the full revelation of God and that he alone enables them to enter into His very presence."
  • "He was not a fragment of the truth; he was the whole truth. In him God displayed not some part of himself but all of himself."
  • "He revealed God by being himself. It was not so much what he said and did that shows us what God is like; it is what he was"
  • "It was not the power of shattering power but the glory of suffering love"
  • "The creative action belongs to Jesus. The One who created the world also is the One who redeemed it."
  1. Perfect Leader Heb. 2:9-10 "Archegos" 
    One of three hundred titles given to Jesus in scripture. Used 4 times; Heb. 2:10, 12:1-2, Acts 3:15, 5:31. Definition:

  • "The Captain of a regiment did not remain in the rear issuing instructions to his officers, but took the lead and by his own personal example encouraged and inspired his soldiers to deeds of valor."
  • He has gone ahead in three ways: obedience (John 13:15), suffering (1Pet. 2;21, and glory (Heb2:9).
  • "The plain and necessary implication of this title is that we are passing through a country full of difficulties, dangers, oppositions, so we need a Captain, Guide, Leader to carry us safely through."
  • 1 Cor. 1:23 "Offensive to Jews, foolish to Greeks."
  • 'Bring into glory" not "come" but "brought", in stages. Luke 15:4-6
  • Heb. 1:12 Always the same, live forever.
  • Heb. 3:1 God's messenger and High Priest.
  1. All of One" Heb.2:11
    "Same" is not big enough!

  • It was imperative that Christ should be made, for a season, "lower than the angels" if ever He was to have ground and cause to call us "brethren". For this He must be one with them.
  • All of one class or company. If Christ were to be the Savior of men, He Himself must be Man. Thus "all of one" in position, in suffering, in trials, in dependency upon God." Pink 119
  • Heb. 2:14-18 The Son became flesh and blood, for only as a human being could he die...
  • Heb. 4:14-16 So then we have a great High Priest...
  • "The Jews had their different God; the Stoics, their feelingless gods, the Epicureans, their completely detached gods. Into that world of thought came the Christian religion with its incredible conception of a God who has deliberately undergone every human experience. Barclay 43
  • "It was not that an innocent person was smitten in order that guilty ones might go free, for that would be the height of injustice, but that an innocent Person, voluntarily, out of love, identified Himself with transgressors, and so became answerable for their crimes." Pink 118
  • The idea of "All of One' is bringing out the oneness of Christ with His people in their humiliation. In other words, the author is not speaking of our being lifted up to Christ's level, but of his coming down to ours.
  • The Sanctifier (the one who makes holy) is Christ Himself, the sanctified are the many who are being brought to glory. The source and power of sanctification are in Christ alone.
  1. "Drift away" Heb.2:1-4

  • Heb3: 7-19, Ps95:7:-11
  • Ex. 17:1-9 Massah-test, Meribah-arguing (verbal rebellion) Followed by "Hands up" Ex. 17:10-16
  • Num. 14:1-35 "The People Rebel"
  1. "Rest" Heb. 4:1-11 Why, did we not teach Sabbath. out of Heb. 4?

  • 1. Promise remains.
  • 2. Good News
  • 3. Ready since Creation
  • 4. Seventh Day
  • 5. Never enter
  • 6. Disobeyed, faithless-sin
  • 7. Another chance.
  • 8. Joshua
  • 9. Special rest waiting.
  • 10. Rested from their work, as God who rested but didn't need to rest.
  • 11. What does "do our best" mean?
  • Ruth 1:23 "Security"
  1. Judgement via the Word of God. Heb. 4;12-13

Listen to the book of Hebrews from BibleGateway: ESVKJVMSGNIVNKJV

Short Outline of the Book of Hebrews from the Today's English Version:

  • Introduction: Christ the complete revelation of God (1:1-3)
  • Christ’s superiority over the angels (1:4 – 2:18)
  • Christ’s superiority over Moses and Joshua (3:1 – 4:13)
  • The superiority of Christ’s priesthood (4:14 – 7:28)
  • The superiority of Christ’s covenant (8:1 – 9:28)
  • The superiority of Christ’s sacrifice (10:1-39)
  • The primacy of faith (11:1 – 12:29)
  • Pleasing God (13:1-19)
  • Closing prayer (13:20-21)
  • Final words (13:22-25)
 
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