1 After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets,
2 in these last days he has spoken to us in a son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he created the world.
3 The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence, and he sustains all things by his powerful word, and so when he had accomplished cleansing for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
4 Thus he became so far better than the angels as he has inherited a name superior to theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my son! Today I have fathered you”? And in another place he says, “I will be his father and he will be my son.”
1 Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
2 For if the message spoken through angels proved to be so firm that every violation or disobedience received its just penalty,
3 how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him,
4 while God confirmed their witness with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
Proverbs 8 22-31
22 The LORD created me as the beginning of his works, before his deeds of long ago.
23 From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before the world existed.
24 When there were no deep oceans I was born, when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were set in place – before the hills – I was born,
26 before he made the earth and its fields, or the beginning of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he marked out the horizon over the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above, when the fountains of the deep grew strong,
29 when he gave the sea his decree that the waters should not pass over his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him as a master craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, rejoicing before him at all times,
31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and delighting in its people.
Hebrews is a sermon, not a letter, to Jewish Christians in or right around Rome
Had to choose Jesus as Messiah and leave the synagogue, visit in small home churches
If Christians denounced Jesus, they would not be murdered by Nero
Is God concerned about our safety?
For our welfare?
As the goverment comes in and take things
Hebrews 1 & 2
Great we serve a God who speaks – how about a God who protects us?
We want a God who acts!
The author of Hebrews was probably just a persecuted as other Christians
Gdo has repeatedly chosen to come into relationship with human beings
When we enter a relationship, we make ourselves vulnerable
As I’ve been in relationships, I’ve realized that the other person has a will
If we want to move closer together, adjustments need to be made
Compromises will be made, but there will also be finalities that you won’t give up because they’re your’s
Are you going to accept God’s control over your life?
This book will contradict you
There is a finality to the person of Jesus Christ
4 tasks of wisdom
1. Creation of the world
2. Providential sustaining
3. Revelation of truth
4. Reconciliation of persons to the Lord
Jesus is the same as yesterday, today and forever
Hebrews says Jesus is in the middle, not just the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega
If Jesus is the finality, why should we give ourselves under his authority
Exodus – God is leading the children o Israel out of Egypt, cloud/pillar of fire
Death visited those who came near Mt. Sinai
Jesus is the exact character of that God
God in a bod
He wants to experience what we experience, so he moves into the neighbor
Talking about the God of the universe wanting to be in a relationship with US!
We new to adjust
God open my heart, show me what to bend and break that isn’t compatible with our relationship
To be with this Jesus who is higher than the Angela
He IS wisdom
We live in a very pluralistic society
Car bumper sticker
Coexist, tolerance, ???
You were there when Satan fell from Heaven???
Matthew – I keep sending you prophets and wise men
I want you to make some adjustments in how you teach
Only God has the authority to say “Amen Amen, you have heard it said…, but I say to you…”
Closer attention = furiously obsessed
Danger of drifting away
Hebrews is an anchor for the soul
Jesus Christ has the final say now
Jesus showed up and said I am God, place yourself under me and I will set you free
Jesus on the cross, Why are you quiet now? Why the silent treatment?
Jesus felt the silence of God that we deserve and now we can talk to God
Jesus is the final word, our authority
I'll Trust In You (I Will Live)