Hebrews

The Unanswerable Question

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.” (Hebrews 2:1-3) It is a recognized fact that one of the best hods of teaching is by...

Rahab Perished Not

The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that Rahab did not perish with the others in Jericho. Why was she chosen from among the many others of this ancient city to become an object of divine grace? Why is Rahab used so frequently by New Testament writers to illustrate genealogy, faith, and theology? Spiritual minds bow in wonder at the God of infinite mercy who reached down low to lift her up to the very lineage and genealogy of the Messiah. Faithful Rahab is a shining example to every Gentil...

Yet Without Sin

The phrase “yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15) has been taught to mean that “Christ did not sin.” He had forbidden desires like us, but “He didn’t give in” is the interpretation often given. The word “yet” has been added to the original text. The remaining portion, “without sin,” would be better rendered “sin apart.” The same original Greek words are used in Hebrews 9:28, where it speaks of Christ returning the second time, ...

The Cities of Refuge (Numbers 35)

The lessons that come to us from the cities of refuge are instructive and help to broaden our understanding and deepen our appreciation for the sinner’s provision made available through the finished work of Christ. In the Old Testament God made provision for the person who committed manslaughter—the unintentional killing of another individual. In five separate passages (Ex. 21:12-14; Num. 35:6-34; Deut. 4:41-43; 19:1-13; and Josh. 20:1-9) God gives thorough instruction for the establishment and use of cities of refuge—places designated as a safe haven for the manslayer. Needing protection from the vengeful relative, the manslayer could be lawfully sheltered from harm, but only if he fled immediately to one of the appointed cities.

 

 

Jesus in the Midst (Luke 2)

Before they entered land of Canaan, Israel was promised a future leader by Moses when he said: "The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken..." (Deut. 18:15)  From then on, Israel looked for this great Prophet that God would raise up—the Messiah—someone similar to Moses who was appointed by God to lead the nation.  Details of this Person were specific: 1) God would raise Him up; 2) His ministry would be like that of Moses and 3) He would come from one of the tribes of Israel—"from the midst of thee".  Not only would He come from Israel, but He would be active within their midst. With this latter detail, they were assured of seeing Him since His ministry would be conspicuous and central to the nation.  So imbedded was this in the national mindset, that centuries later when people witnessed the ministry of John the Baptist they asked him directly "Are you the Prophet?" (John 1:21).  Later, after John was beheaded by Herod some ascribed this title to the Lord though stating it with some uncertainty "It is the Prophet or like unto the prophets” (Mark 6:15)  But when the Lord fed the multitude, the fickle but satisfied crowd confidently proclaimed "This is truly the Prophet who has come into the world" (John 6:14) The Lord Jesus was indeed the Prophet promised to Israel long ago, the One raised up by God who ministered in their midst so there would be no mistake as to who He was.

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