Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some thoughts and ideas from the journey through the book of Hebrews.
You were wonderfully made and as the post “Being True to the Best in You” points out, the power of God is inside. By accepting Christ as Savior, you can be all that God made you to be.
Some thoughts and ideas were shared in the post “Come in the Glory of the Father” about the purpose for angels. Angels speak life and bind one to Christ as the intermediary between God and humanity.
The world is full of worthless things but as pointed out in the post “The Way of Truth”, our destiny is recovered by Christ if we accept the invitation of His leadership, help, and forgiveness.
The post “Finish the Race as Champion” explains how our relationship to Christ affects our daily living. Jesus blazed a trail to victory for you and me. There is no need to make things harder than they ought to be but simply accept the victory provided by the ONE who destroyed even death and gave us liberty for our destiny.
As explained in the post “Rock Solid Over Time”, Christ leads us by example to inspire us to overcome obstacles we face. We can courageously step ahead on solid ground to do more than ever imagined because the things that cause harm to us no longer have power over us.
The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable to sharing about God’s word. As I share about my study of the next few posts, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with God amazing!
Questions for Reflection
How does this passage build on what the readers know of Judaism? Which characteristics of Christ as high priest is most prominently set out in these verses? What steps can you take to make sure your actions reveal a high view of Jesus?
Determine the meaning of God’s rest for the children of Israel (See Numbers 14)? What causes hardness of heart? What can you do to prevent hardness of heart? Whom should you exhort (v. 13) today? How do you respond to exhortation from others?
How should we respond to the Good News? Upon what basis can we enter God’s rest? Why can’t you fool God about your attitude toward Him?
Hebrews 4:14 through 5:1-14
What is the basic problem of the Hebrews? To what extent is this your problem? What can you do today to change? What are the qualifications for a priest? How is obedience related to suffering in your life?
What are the characteristics of being enlightened? How does the illustration from nature substantiate the “impossibility”? Can the saved lose their salvation?
What is God’s promise to Abraham (See Gen. 22:15-18)? What are the two metaphors used for hope? To what extent should these metaphors offer encouragement? How does the position of Jesus as high priest present to us the reality of our hope?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.
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“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
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“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.