In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. Hebrews 1:1, 2
This letter was written to Jewish believers who were certain that God had spoken through the OT, but were shaken as the radical nature of Christianity became apparent. Legalistic Jews infiltrated all the churches, and Christian leaders, like the writer of this letter, ministered to the Jewish Christians whose faith was wavering. Christian teaching showed the superiority of Jesus, and how relationship with him promises a full experience of realities of OT institutions could only foreshadow.
A study of Hebrews helps us to understand the OT. But more important, it helps us to realize how completely Jesus meets our every need.
Author & Date. Unknown. The Author is solidly grounded in the OT and in traditional Hebrew exegesis (critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text especially the Bible.) The book was mentioned about A.D. 96, so it was written earlier than that. Many believe the references to temple worship indicate it was written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
Background. The author speaks to Jewish believers who had a firm trust in the OT, and a deep affection for the faith and worship of Judaism. The writer constantly compares the old covenant and new covenant, carefully pointing out the superiority of the new.
Jesus is the fulfillment of all the OT promises. Only relationship with a living Jesus, who ministers today to his people, promises us an experience of God, and of all the benefits to be found in knowing him.
Values. The Book of Hebrews is especially helpful for Christians today. It helps us to understand the OT. But more important, Hebrews helps us realize what it means for us to be linked with a living Savior! When we understand the full promise of relationship with him, we, like these wavering first century saints, find a great and wonderful release.
[Jesus is the fulfillment of all the OT promises. Jesus, the Living Word, our high priest and the perfect sacrifice. Jesus, the God.
I dedicated my dissertation to Jesus – author and creator of everything in this world. It’s exciting to read about “what it means for us to be linked with a living Savior!”
I’ll be like a tree by the river that flourishes.
J is on my thoughts. She needs help. I’ll pray first so that I’ll know what kind of help I should give. Bob King was diagnosed with end stage pancreatic cancer. Let’s not get too comfortable. Let’s be a follower of Jesus.]