Hebrews Chapter One – Jesus : Better Than All The Rest
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Okay….we’re off!!! Below please find our video lesson for Chapter One of Hebrews.
This Week’s Memory verse: The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. Hebrews 1:3a
This Week’s Prayer:
Father, today begins a new day in my spiritual journey with You. Thank You for bringing me to this study…for setting apart this time and place for me to be with You in Your Word. As I begin my first lesson, I come before Your throne asking to be filled with the full, deep, and clear knowledge of Your will for me this year. Please use my time here to invigorate, refresh, strengthen, and renew me. Father, I also ask You to speak Truth in my life…even hard Truth. If I am not living in a way that pleases You or loving others in a way that honors You or studying in a way that changes me, convict me by speaking Truth in love. Make my heart tender to receive rebuke or discipline. You have drawn me here, and I want to receive ALL You have for me!
As I join my sisters to study Your Word, knit us together in perfect unity. Allow there to be absolute trust and confidence in all we say. Father, plant our roots deep in Your Word and use us to continually build each other up. Help us to be patient and gentle with each other. Help us teach, admonish, and train one another with grace in our hearts. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to You.
Father, make Your Word at home in my heart. Invade every part. Change my heart, O God, make it ever true. Change my heart, O God, make it more like You! AMEN.
Assignment: Read Hebrews Chapter One
1. According to Hebrews 1:1 and 1:2, how did God speak to His people in the Old Testament? The New Testament?
2. What proofs/attributes does the author give for Jesus’ supremacy in Hebrew 1:1-3 (name at least 4)?
3. The first attribute is Heir. Let’s learn a bit more about this in Scripture. Read Revelation 5:1-10.
- What does John say in verse 5?
- Who is the Lion of the tribe of Judah…the Heir to David’s throne and why is He worthy?
- Take a few minutes and soak up these words from Revelation…enter into a time of praise, praising Jesus Christ…the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…the King of kings and Lord of lords…the Heir of all things.
- What happens in Revelation 11:15.
- Read Romans 8:15-17. What does it say? What does this mean for you?
4. The second attribute is Creator of the Universe. Read John 1:3-4 and Colossians 1:16 (corrected from original post that said 2:16). How do they speak to this attribute?
5. Hebrews 1:3 continues with the fourth attribute: the Express Image of God. The Word image comes from the Greek word charakter from which we get our English word “character.” It is a Greek term used for the impression made by a die or stamp on a seal. Jesus, literally, is the exact representation of the substance of God. God poured out every bit of Who He is into the precious life He placed in Mary’s womb. For nine months she carried God incarnate. And from the day of His birth until the day He died, the exact imprint of God lived on this earth in the earthly body of Jesus. How do John 1:1, 14, 18 and Colossians 1:15 support this?
6. Verse 3 continues with the sixth attribute: Sacrifice. Scripture teaches Jesus removed our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12) and though our sins are like scarlet, He made them white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). Verse 3 ends with the seventh attribute: Position. Jesus sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of God in heaven.
- Read Philippians 2:11. What does it say?
- Do you give Jesus the rightful place of honor in your life? If yes, share how. If not, what can you do to move Him higher and give Him that place of honor?
7. Read Hebrews 1:4-7. The author continues to attack the religious icons his audience has trusted in for centuries. He now addresses angels. He sets forth another attribute of Jesus’ superiority: Greater than the Angels. He uses seven quotations from the Old Testament which prove Christ’s superiority to angels. What is the first one addressed in Hebrews 1:5?
- What does Psalm 2:7 say?
- What about 2 Samuel 7:14?
Remember, Jesus did not always have the title of Son. He was always one with God, but He became God’s Son at a point in time. It began in this world at His birth. 2 Samuel 7:14 says “I _______ be His Father, and He ________ be my Son.” Notice the use of future tense.
8. In verses 6 and 7 what are other proofs that Jesus is more superior than angels? How does Colossians 1:16 confirm this?
9. Read Hebrews 1:8. What does it say? Read Psalm 110. Share what you learn about Jesus in this psalm.
- Read Mark 12:35-37, 14:62, and Acts 2:34-36. How do these relate to and affirm Psalm 110 and Hebrews 1:8?
The author’s point: Angels minister before the throne but Jesus is on the throne. The author brings this passage to a climax in Hebrew 1:13-14. Again he refers to Psalm 110, this time citing verse 1 to highlight the final victory of the Son over His enemies. If the Son is to have an eternal throne (Hebrews 1:8), this victory is essential! The author makes the point that victory is found in His Son, NOT the angels.
10. Share what you learn in the following verses (look up some or all depending upon your time):
- Matthew 26:64
- Mark 16:19
- Acts 2:33
- Romans 8:33-34
- Colossians 3:1
11. Who does Hebrews 1:14 say the angels are? What is their role?
Please know that I will be praying for you each and every day as you seek to know God more through His Word. What makes this study work is for you to share your thoughts, your questions, and some of your answers. Please interact with one another for that is how we will grow and learn. I look forward to hearing from you!!
Sweet, sweet blessings to you,