Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Today’s Reading Assignment – Hebrews 1 – 6
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” Hebrews 1:3-4
“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says,
Study Questions for Hebrews 1:1 – Hebrews 2:18
Jesus Christ, the Son of God (1:1-14)
How did God speak in the past to reveal himself to men? What do you learn about Jesus from the fact that finally God spoke to us by his Son Jesus?
What does the writer tell us in verses 1-4 about Jesus? Who is he? Where is he? What did he do? What does he do now?
What do verses 4-14 tell us about angels? In what respects is Jesus superior to angels? What Scriptures prove that the Messiah is not an angel, but is far superior to angels?
Pay Careful Attention (2:1-4)
Why must we pay careful attention to what God has spoken to us? What does it mean “pay more careful attention” and “do not drift away”?
What was the great salvation announced, confirmed and testified? Why can we not ignore such a great salvation?
Crowned with Glory (2:5-18)
What is the main point of Psalm 8:4-6? Why did God make Jesus a little lower than the angels (9)
God made Jesus a little lower than the angels. But why was he crowned with glory and honor again? At the end of verse 9, what does “he might taste death for everyone” mean?
How did God choose to bring many sons to glory? (10,11)
Why is it significant that Jesus is our brother? (11,12) How does the Scriptures confirm the fact that we, along with Jesus, are God’s children? (11-13)
Why was it necessary for Jesus to share in our humanity in order to accomplish our salvation? How does his death give us real freedom? What do these verses teach us about the devil’s power and way of working?
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” Hebrews 3:1
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:12-13
Study Questions for Hebrews 3:1-4:13
Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus (3:1-6)
What does the author call those who he wrote this for? What did they share in? (1) According to verse 1, What two titles does Jesus have? What did they encourage them to do? Why would confessing Jesus be hard for them? For us?
Who appointed Jesus? Was Jesus faithful to that appointing? Who is Jesus compared to? (2) Who is the great between the two? Why?
How is Jesus faithful in his duties as a son? Who is the house of God? How can we follow Jesus’ example?
Today, if you Hear His Voice (3:7-19)
What is the background of verses 7-11? (Ref. 16-19) Why are we reminded of the Israelites’ past during the time of Moses? What could happen to our hearts? What does this mean?
How is sin defined in verse 12? How can sin be deceitful? Consider this in light of Jesus’ parable of the seeds on different types of soils. (Matt. 13)
How long are we to encourage each other? What is the goal of encouragement? What does verse 14 mean?
His Rest (4:1-13)
What does the word “Therefore” tell us?
What has God promised us through Jesus? Why is this message good news?
What should we do when we receive the good news? What would happen to us if we do not do this? What Sabbath-rest is the author referring to?
What attributes does the word of God have? How does it apply to this study?
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” Hebrews 5:7-9
Study Questions for Hebrews 4:14-5:10
A Great High Priest Who Has Gone Through the Heavens (4:14-16)
Why is Jesus’ priesthood greater than others’ high priesthood? Why does the author call Jesus “a great high priest”?
What do we have to do when we learn that Jesus is our great high priest?
Why do we need confidence when we approach the throne of grace? What can we receive when we approach the throne of grace?
The Work of a High Priest (5:1-4)
What is the role of a high priest? What is his work?
Why is he able to “deal gently with those who are in sin”? Why does he need to offer sacrifices for his own sin? (Lev. 4:3; 9:7,8; 29:21)
What qualification for high priesthood does the author emphasize?
Christ’s Qualification For the High Priesthood (5:5-10)
How did Jesus take the honor of the high priesthood? Who appointed him? How was his appointment elucidated by the prophecy? (5,6)
How did Christ show the weakness of his humanity? How did Christ learn obedience? Why was it necessary for Jesus to learn obedience?
For whom did Jesus become the source of eternal salvation?
Whose plan did he follow in the matter of the designation of the high priesthood? Whose order was he in when he was designated as a high priest?
Thinking: If we want to grow spiritually mature until we enter the kingdom of God, why is it important for us to think about the high priesthood of Christ?
“Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:9-12
Study Questions for Hebrews 5:11-6:20
Spiritual Food (5:11-14)
Why was it hard to explain things to the receivers of this letter? Why do you think they were like this? Where were they at spiritually because of this? By this time what should they have been? What did they need to be taught all over again? (12)
What is spiritual food? What two different kinds of food is mentioned here? What does this tell us about the differences of each?
What aren’t spiritual infants, who can eat only spiritual milk, acquainted with? What does this mean?
What are the mature, who can eat spiritual solid food, able to do? How do they and us grow to be like this? What does this tell us about the quality of Bible study we should strive for if we want to grow to be spiritually mature?
Go on to Maturity (6:1-8)
What are the elementary teachings, spiritual milk, about Christ? (1,2) What do they mean? What does the author decide to do?
Who do “those” refer to in verse 4 and what did they receive? When do these things come to a person? What is impossible for them to do if they fall away? What does this mean? Why is this impossible? What does this mean and why does the author say this to the Hebrews?
What does “land” and “rain” symbolize in verses 7 and 8? What does “a crop” and “thorns and thistles” symbolize? What kind of land receives the blessing from God? What kind of people is this?
What kind of land is in danger of receiving a curse? What kind of people is this? What will happen to this kind of people if they remain like this to the end? How do these people relate to those in verses 4-6? How does this parable shed light on the meaning of verse 4-6?
Things that Accompany Salvation (6:9-12)
What is the author confident about concerning the Hebrews who received this letter? Why does he say that God is not unjust? What will God not forget? Why does he mentions this?
What does he want them to show and why? How long should they show it?
What does he not want them to do and why? What kind of people does he point out for them to imitate? (12) Why should they and us imitate them?
God’s Promise to Abraham (13-15)
Who is Abraham? Why did God make a promise to him? What was the promise? (15)
Verse 15 lists part of the promise. What is the rest? (Gen. 22) How does this apply to the Hebrew receiving this letter? How does it apply to us today?
What is patience? What did Abraham receive? What part of the promise did he not receive when he had physically died? Are we heirs of the same promise? What does this mean to us?
God’s Promise to Us (16-20)
What is the principle of swearing? (16) Is it wise for us to swear an oath? (Matt. 5:33-37)
What did God want to make very clear? To whom did he want to make it clear? What does the fact that heirs is plural tell us?
What are two unchangeable things?
What have we fled? What hope is offered to us?
What is an anchor for our soul? What does an anchor do for a ship? What would happen if the ship did not use its anchor?
What is the inner sanctuary? Who was the only person to have access to the inner sanctuary? How do we have access? Who was Melchizedek?