November 7, 2011

Living a Cross-Centered Life: Hebrews Chapter Two

Hebrews Chapter Two - A First Warning

Congratulations!!  You have completed your first week of on-line Bible study.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as you thought you would.

Thank you for sharing so much from your hearts!!  Your comments have taught me so much and made me think.  I love Carol’s “Stand Out” moments.  One of our women, Josana, attends a Messianic congregation and gave us rich Scripture from Revelation to add to what we had already read.  Heather expanded on how Christ embodies the three kingdoms of God.  I could share many more because so many of you left insightful comments.  

Thank you also for the corrections you sent.  Please know that those do not offend me.  I greatly appreciate you correcting errors so you don’t spend time in verses that do not apply to our lesson.

In this chapter, we find the first of many warnings found in the book of Hebrews.  The purpose of the author’s warning here is to encourage his audience to PAY ATTENTION to God’s Word and to obey it.  We will study his word choice and what it meant to his audience.  Some of what we read will be hard and sound harsh.  But it is a foundational Truth of Christianity…when we reject Jesus…when we reject the gospel message…there is judgment.  There will be people who by their own choosing will go to a place where they will be forever separated from God…a very real place called hell.  The author of Hebrews wrote this book because is desperate to keep the unbelieving Jews in His audience from going there.

Let’s dive right in to Hebrews Chapter Two.  Click here to watch video. 

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This Week’s Memory verse: We must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.   Hebrews 2:1.

This Week’s Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I am ready to begin another week spending precious time with You in Your Word.  As I begin this week’s lesson, make my heart tender to hear Your voice as You speak to me. Give me ears to hear and a heart to receive what You have for me in each and every lesson.  Speak a fresh Word to me. You tell me Your Word is living and active meant to speak to me today.  You tell me that when Your Word goes out, it will achieve what You desire and accomplish the purposes for which You sent it.  Father, do that in my life.  Speak to me.  Move me.  Change me.  Accomplish everything in my life that You desire.  Thank You for giving me this opportunity to spend time alone with You.  Help me to carve out the time no matter how busy I think I am.  Help me to put You first.  I ask this in Jesus’ powerful and effective Name.  Amen.

Assignment: Read Hebrews Chapter Two

Homework Questions:

1. As we move into Chapter 2, the author of Hebrews interrupts his message on angels with an invitation.  He gives his audience the opportunity to respond to what he presented in Chapter 1.  He wants Christ to be not only exalted and understood but also believed and accepted.  Read Hebrews 2:1. 

  • What words does the author use to describe how we must listen? 
  • Describe what “paying attention to” Truth looks like.
  • How are you at paying attention to the Word of God? 

 

2. The second half of Hebrews 2:1 contains the warning.

  • What is the warning and do you think it still applies today?
  • How do we neglect what we have heard?
  • List some consequences of drifting. 
  • After what we learned in the introductory video about the author’s audience (rem inder - there are three types of Jews in his audience 1) Christian Jews - Jews who had accepted Christ, 2) Non-Christian Jews – Jews who had not accepted Christ, and 3) Jews who were seeking), to which group do you think the author was speaking here?

After much study, I believe that both theories make sense.  It could apply to those Jews who came to temple, who listened and heard the message, but were unwilling to take the step to commit and personally accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  But his message also could apply to believers who had accepted Christ, who continually heard the message but who, though saved, failed to apply it and live it out in their every day lives. 

 

 3.  Read Hebrews 2:3-4.  Here the author reminds his audience that they as a people had received the Word of God from the Lord Jesus Himself, and it was confirmed by those who witnessed and heard Him speak.   He heaps more proof on when he speaks of God confirming the message they heard by signs and wonders.  Read John 10:38 and Acts 2:22.  How do these verses support the author’s words in Hebrews 2:3-4?

 

4.  God sent the Law.  His people ignored it.  God sent the prophets.  His people ignored them.  God sent Jesus.  His people ignored them.  Finally, God sent the apostles with their miracles and wonders.  His people ignored them.  The author is desperate to do something, anything to change the hearts of God’s people.  This, sweet friends, is the heart of this book!

  • Do you see evidence of people ignoring God’s Law and power in our world today?
  • Who does God have on earth to speak to His people today?
  • What evidence do you see in the world today that the gospel message is not forgotten and is alive and powerfully at work?
  • What evidence is their in your life tht the gospel message of Jesus Christ is alive and powerfully at work?
  • What are you doing or what can you do in your relationships and your corner of the world to ensure His message stays alive and at work?

 

5.  Now, on to angels.  According to Hebrews 1:14, what are angels?

 

6.  Read Hebrews 2: 6-10. 

  • What psalm is quoted in Hebrews 2:6 (look in your study notes or in the side margins in your Bible)?  (If you want to go deeper and have the time, read this psalm in its entirety)
  • What does God give man in Hebrews 2:8? 
  • Is man currently exercising this Hebrews 2:8 authority over all things?
  • Why? Read Genesis 3:17-19.
  • Who does Hebrews 2:9 say is the answer?  Why is He the answer according to that same verse?

 

7.  Friends, according to Hebrews 2:10, Jesus came to this earth to bring salvation.  It was through Him that God chose to bring His children into His glory.

  • If you would like to go  a bit deeper, read 1 Peter 2:22-24 and share what you learn about Jesus’ death and suffering.  Take some time to break apart these truths and journal what each one means in your own life.  Will you take some time to thank Him for what He has done and what it means in your life?
  • Read Colossians 2:3-4 and share how these verses support Hebrews 2:10?  

 

8.  Read Hebrews 2:11-14.  In Hebrews 2:11, the author continues by teaching that in addition to becoming our Substitute, Jesus became our Sanctifier.  Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, we are forgiven, given a new nature, and made holy…perfectly holy!  How can this be, you ask?  I sin everyday.  I act selfishly.  I lie.  I choose to do wrong instead of right.  I get angry.  You are right.  We may not act holy because sin still exists in us in thought and practice.  But in the eyes of God, we who are saved, we who have accepted Christ, we are made holy through Christ’s righteousness.  God applies Christ’s righteousness to use.  POSITIONALLY before God we are holy.

  • Read 2 Corinthians 5:21.  What does this verse say?
  • Read Romans 8:7.  Write this inyour own words.  What does it mean to you?

Friends, God calls us now to become practically what we are postionally.  We should desire to spend the rest of our lives conforming ourselves into His image.   Are their things in your past or in your present that keep you from living as a true child of God…things you believe keep you from being conformed to His image.  If there are, take this opportunity to confess those things to God.  Right now will you BELIEVE God’s Truth that if you have asked for forgiveness, you are  FORGIVEN, FREED, TRANSFORMED, MADE HOLY and RIGHTEOUS?

According to 2 Timothy 2:20-21 your are a special utensil made for honorable use.  In Christ, you are a holy vessel intended by your Father in heaven to be used for holy purposes in His grand plan for your life.  Live in the reality of who you are…a precious child of God, created in His image, to live a purpose-filled life that brings glory and honor and praise to your Father in heaven.

 

9.    Read Hebrews 2:14.  Share what is says in your own words.  Why did Jesus have to become flesh and blood?

I love something John MacArthur wrote on this subject:  “God had to wrest from Satan the power of death and for that purpose Jesus came.”  Jesus changed His very nature to break the power of death that Satan held over us.  Read John 1:14 and Romans 8:3 (corrected from John 8:3).  What do they say about this Truth?

 

10.   Read the remainder of Chapter Two.  In Hebrews 2:16, the author of Hebrews again reminds his audience that Jesus did not take on the nature of an angel.  He descended lower than an angel and became flesh and blood.  He became a Jew, a part of the “seed” of Abraham.  God chose Abraham (Genesis 12) from all His people to be the father of a nation that He would bless.  Jesus came to save that nation. 

  • Read Galatians 3:26-29.  What does this passage say and how does it connect us with Hebrews 2:16?

 

11.  In the last few verses of Hebrews, the author points again to a characteristic, a name of Jesus we visited earlier…another part of His Person that makes Him greater than the angels.

  • Read Hebrews 2:17.  What is that characteristic or name of Jesus?
  • What is it about Jesus being flesh and blood that makes Him the perfect High Priest (John 4:6, Luke 22:41-44, Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 5:2).

 

12.  Hebrews 2:18 ends telling us that since Jesus Himself suffered, He is able to help us when we suffer and/or are being tested. The word “help” in the King James is “succour.”  The word “succour” is from the Greek word boetheo.  It means to run on hearing a cry.  Sweet friends, upon hearing our cry, Jesus…El Roi (God Who Sees)…our Deliverer…our Savior…runs to us!!  By using this word, the author again shows how Jesus is superior to the angels.  Angels serve but only Jesus can help us in times of temptation.  He was created to run to us and help us in our time of need.

As we end today, will you take time to thank Jesus that whatever it is that causes you pain or sorrow, you have Jesus?  He has already experienced it and come through it victoriously.  He was hungry.  He was thirsty.  He was angry.  He was homeless.  He was weary.  He grew.  He loved.  He grieved.  He wept.  He prayed.  He was temtped.  He was persecuted.  He was enraged.  He was wronged.  He was misunderstood.  He was mocked.  He suffered.  He died. 

His Word teaches us that He is….. 

Adonai (Master)

All in All

Author and Finisher of our Faith

Bread of Life

Counselor

Deliverer

Lamb of God

Light of the World

Portion

Prince of Peace

Refuge

Rock

Strength

Strong Tower

Shield

Truth

Wisdom

After reading these names, are you overwhelmed by the magnificence of our God?  Who is a God like ours?

He is majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, unfailing in love, and unending in time!

Spend some time this week thanking Jesus for who He has been, and who He promises to be in your life.

I love you all!!!  May God richly bless your time with Him in His Word!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Emmanuelle Conway says:

    Hi, thanks for this great bible study. I’m really enjoying. I read Heb 2:3 and 4 today. I feel convicted. I took from this passage how much God wants us to embrace his salvation. He sent his Son, he used the disciples (“confirmed to us by those who heard him”) and he distributed gifts of the Holy Spirit to further convince us. It reminded me of Eph 6:17 when we are encouraged to “take the helmet of salvation”. Being convinced of the salvation brought by Christ is a powerful thing.

    • What a great connection God made for you with Ephesians 6:17!! Love seeing Him work like that. Thank you for sharing.

      W

  2. I am very excited and ready to get started on Chapter 2. God has really opened my heart to some major things and I it’s fitting that what He showed me early this morning is backed up with the lesson PAY MORE CAREFUL ATTENTION….I asked Him to show me how to do what He is asking and here it is “by not drifting away, by stating anchored in His Word”. I am in such awe right now and have no words to describe the powerful moment I have experienced while spending time with God this morning. Thank you once again for this study Wendy!!!!

    • Good morning Veronica and girlfriends!
      Veronica, you just spoke my heart :) I looked up the word “attention” in an interlinear Bible and the translated word is “Prosecho” and it brought up ship references like you and Wendy taught. Another definition that it used was what we attach ourselves to. What struck me was when I read “to be given or addicted to”. I was convicted since I definitely have my addictions: the approval of others, affirmation from my family, my Blackberry, my to-do list, etc. Am I as addicted to seeking the Truth? Honestly, NO. So, I have some striving to do! I desire to be addicted to the Truth… God’s Word… the Holy Spirit’s promptings… more than my other addictions :) Whew- that’s a challenge that I’m up for!

      Have the BEST start of your week my friends! Wendy, thank you, thank you, thank you! I LOVE starting my Monday in your kitchen :) xoxoxoxo

      • Oh wow thank you for sharing bc I too have those same addictions instead of blackberry though mine is my iPhone. But all the others are me too!! I am writing that down. I just got home from Women of Faith and one thing the LORD put on me and I did follow through with is limiting my distractions – mainly FB, so for the next week I will not be on FB at all and deleted the app from my phone. Once my week is up I will allow God to help me set up boundaries.

        Thanks again for sharing

        • Veronica and Noelle – thanks for sharing. That was great insight and I, too, need to limit my distractions and become more disciplined.

          • That also applys to me, I took a 3 week break from FB, and it really showed me that I needed bounderies. It is awesome when we listen. I am also seek the truth more!!!!!

            Have a blessed week

          • This is interesting – addiction to FB. My niece last year “gave up” FB for lent. I thought that was amusing because I had not yet really gotten what FB was about, it was new for me. Now I look at what she did from a totally different view.

          • Teresa in PA says:

            I don’t “do” FB, but i love my iPhone! The best thing is the blueletterbible app, so you always have your bible in your pocket!! They have many great tools on the site, including daily reading plans. Instead of shunning your addiction, why don’t you transfer it to God, instead =)

            Here’s the link:
            http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blue-letter-bible/id365547505?mt=8

            Yours in Christ,
            Teresa in PA

        • I know some have “given up” FB for a time. Those of you who want to when you get back on lets friend one another so we can get to know each other as “friends” as well as disciples. :) I am Yanna Westmoreland on fb and my picture is the same as the one on this post. Maybe in the message for friend request we can add Wendy’s study group…

          • oops sort of similiar photo, I think I’m in a black outfit still redhair and glasses and same smile. :) from Bryan, Texas

      • Wendy,
        Chapter one was such a blessing! Talking about addictions or what we are addicted or given too reminded me of something God showed me on chapter 1.. at the very beginning it talks about how the author is attacking the religious icons that the people had put their trust in for centuries, and it got me thinking about what I put my trust in?? is it God or other “icons” religious or not. It all is connecting to chapter 2, What am I anchored to?? It is such a great reminder to keep my focus on Jesus, and to spend time with Him daily.. so that I STAY focused. :) I can’t wait to dig in deeper through the homework. Have a blessed day everyone!

      • So True Noelle. I was just thinking that today also. I work nightsand have found myself rolling over and waking up enough to look at my Droid. Look at my emails and facebook. I felt very convicted today in that not only am I pursuing those things more than I’m craving the Word of God, but it’s also starting to take the place of sleep. I’ve decided this week that my phone, etc. will be off while I am sleeping and off limits until I’ve done my Bible Studying. The Word of God is SO important to me but if you were a fly on my wall, you wouldn’t know it. That is going to change today!!! I want to be prepared and love it when the Word of God flows from my mouth as an answer to things and that will only continue to happen as I put the Word of God first. I’m loving this Bible Study and want to thank you again for doing it Wendy :0)

    • Oh, what a blessing to wake up to this first thing this morning!! Thank you for sharing this and encouraging each one of us as we begin to read Chapter Two!!

      W

    • Thank you Veronica! Your remark about addiction & attachment and keeping it in perspective when compared to other addictions/attachments is amazing! I added it to my notes! :)

    • Robin from VA says:

      I agree so much. There are soooooo many things to distract us now days. I was having a conversation with a friend about what we should watch on tv as Christians and for our children and how hard it is to find something on. Her response was, not what should we watch on tv, but is there something better we could be doing than simply watching tv. This has really made me think about my choices every minute of the day. Am I doing what God wants me to be doing at this moment? This is a struggle but the distractions are sooo subtle sometimes we don’t realize they are distractions. God help us all to discern distractions that take us away from what you want us to be doing.

  3. Charlotte Askew says:

    Good morning Hebrews Study group. All I can say is YAY!!! Week 2, Chapter 2 and a trip to Wendy’s kitchen, now I am ready for the 2nd phase of a much anticipated journey.

    Veronica and Noelle, you two have really set the stage for learning to remain attentive in God’s Word and giving Him more of the time that we (I) waste on social networking.

    Wendy, you are the blessing to this group. You have many, many little sheep in this flock of yours. May God keep His hand upon you as you lead us into His knowledge.

  4. I love these studies! God does great things in my life through these studies & I want to thank you Wendy for being obedient in His calling on your life! These have been life changing for me and helped me to draw nearer to Him during the hardest trial of my life so far (miscarriage). I have recommended your site to many of my girlfriends, especially those who struggle with maintaining quite time with God. Which version of the Bible do you primarily use for these studies? I have looked at NIV & NKJV and neither match exactly.
    Thank you for your dedication!!

  5. Christine Brown says:

    This bible study is helping me to understand Gods word better. Im so blessed to be a part of this study. Thank you!

  6. Christine Brown says:

    After reading chapter 2, watching the video, doing the questions & praying God has shown me I’m a drifter who needs to get back on track. Im greatful for God loving me enough to tell me & wanting me to spend more time with Him & the things of God not the things of this world. Unlike people God really makes me feel valuable & useable. Please pray i can stay close to God & his word so that God can use me to draw men women & children unto Him. Thanks again for this bible study Wendy!

    • Abba… I lift Christine to You. Give her the heart to know Yours. Help all of us girls, but specifically right now Christine… give her a heart to fall deeply in love with You. Let her heart be open to hear Your voice tell her how precious she is… how valuable. Before any of us have the desire to reach others, help us to have Mary’s spirit- to stay in the living room to soak You up. When we have this relationship that You desire for us, we’ll reach others because we’ll be overflowing with the Holy Spirit! Thank You Lord for Christine! Thank You for this study! In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen! xoxoxo

      • Christine Brown says:

        Noelle thank you so much for your prayers. God is using you to show his love for me. God bless you & everyone who is a part of this awesome bible study.

  7. cheri pomkenk says:

    Thank you Wendy and sisters! I do not have a cell phone and I only work part time right now, but somehow I always seem to find something to get in the way of spending more time close to Jesus. It is in our nature to try to do things are way and in our time. I will be praying that all of us together will become a force to recon with in the the spiritual realm and in our own worlds, through and for our Lord Jesus Christ! Love in Him! Cheri

  8. josanah@yahoo.com says:

    Shalom everyone,

    As I listen to the presentation for Hebrews Chapter 2, I remembered a sermon we had on Ps. 1
    Psa 1:1 BLESSED IS THE MAN that WALKETH NOT in the counsel of the ungodly, NOR STANDETH in the way of sinners, NOR SITTETH in the seat of the scornful.
    One can see the progression – Walk–> Stand–> Sit. Then the pastor made reference to Lot.
    Gen 13:10 And Lot LIFTED UP his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
    Gen 13:11 Then Lot CHOSE him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they SEPARATED themselves the one from the other.
    Gen 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and PITCHED HIS TENT TOWARDS SODOM.
    But Abram returned to the place of worship, where he built an altar.
    Gen 13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
    Later in the story, before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorah we find Lot SITTING in the gate.

    Gen 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot SAT IN THE GATE OF SODOM: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

    Not long ago I’ve heard someone else speak about the progression of sin:

    1. Sin = to miss the mark
    2. Transgression = to break away from authority
    3. Iniquity = to twist or distort
    4. Be disobedient = refuse to shema (listen)
    5. Refusal to serve God = opposite of serving God or abad
    6. To trespass = to act treacherously
    7. Rebellion = being stubbornly disobedient
    8. Wickedness = with strong excitement
    9. To live worthlessly = exert oneself in vain – stronger form of iniquity
    10. To be Evil = to dash to pieces what God intended so it is beyond repaire.
    The rest of Ps. 1 is what Wendy was saying (in a nut shell)
    Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
    Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
    Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
    Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
    Psa 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
    May our thoughts and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing unto the Lord.

    jOSANA

    • Thank you Josanah for bringing in even more of God’s Word to our study! It is such a blessing to see how God’s Word backs up God’s Word over and over again.

      W

      • josanah@yahoo.com says:

        Thank you Wendy, but we can get so excited about the Word that we could not be contained!
        One of the questions in this lesson is:
        What are you doing or what can you do in your relationships and your corner of the world to ensure His message stays alive and at work?
        One thing we can do, is to share what we know with those around us.
        Well now for a quick Hebrew lesson!
        Many of you are aware that we started the new annual Torah cycle with the book of Genesis. Who do we read about but the first human: ADAM. The amazing thing about his name which basically means mankind is the Hebrew letters that make up his name. They look like this reading from right to left:אדם In the ancient picture language The first letter is the Alef
        represented by an OX. It is similar to our letter A. It means ox, strength, that which goes first, the leader. The second letter is the DALET which is represented by a door and means door or pathway, to enter. It is similar to our letter D. The last letter is the letter MEM similar to our M. It is a picture of waves of water symbolizing chaos. So we see from the picture language of Adam’s name that he was the one who “lead” us through the “door” into “chaos”. What a fitting name even as his name, as a whole, means humanity and humans were the ones who brought the chaos into God’s world through our disobedience.
        May this year all of us resolve to “Shema”, hear and obey as good children who love their Abba and want to do what pleases Him!
        May the Lord bless you and keep you!

        This is not my own wisdom, it is from a newsletter I have received recently.

        • Shannon in SC says:

          Josana, your insights are so wonderful to read! They add so much to our study of the Word. Thank you for always sharing. I wish I could come up to Canada to visit your church!! :)

  9. Pro3:56 Mom says:

    Just watched the video for week 2 and love how it ties to the end of our questions from week 1.

    I was struck by how the verses in Week 1′s Q10 showed a progression from Jesus predicting/promising Him sitting on the throne (Mat 26), to Mark recording its happening (Mark 16), to Peter preaching/witnessing to the Jews on Pentecost about it (Acts), to Paul’s explanation of our confidence in God and that Christ intercedes for us (Rom.), to Jesus being available from His throne to us. (Col).

    Now Wendy points out a similar progression: salvation announced by Jesus, confirmed by those who witnessed it and heard it, and those who experience the signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Staying connected to His Word not only keeps us from drifting, but helps us to receive Christ and to grow in His Spirit.

  10. In question #9 do you mean John 8:13 instead of John 8:3?

  11. I am stuck on question 6 – what does God give man in Hebrews 2:8, I am thinking it’s Jesus but that seems to obvious. Any help out there?

    • Hi Veronica. Just thought I’d give you my 2 cents worth. The quote in Hebrews 2:8 is a quote from psalm 8:4-6 which goes on to say that God gave man dominion over “all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea and all that swim the paths of the seas. (ps 8:7 and 8). Hope that helps. ~blessings~

      • That is perfect Judi! God gave man authority over all things. But because of the Fall, man is not exercising that authority and control. (See Genesis 3:17-19). Hope this helps!

        W

      • Hi Judi! You were in Wendy’s previous study/studies, right? Anyhow, I love your wisdom :) If I’m not thinking of the right Judi, maybe it’s in the name :) Thank you sister! xoxo

        • Yes Noelle, it’s me. I recognized your name and ‘style’ too! It touches me very much that you took the time to say hello like this. Our Father knows the needs of each of His children and you were blessed in obedience when He prompted you to just say hi. Isolation is a very lonely place. ~rich blessings to you~

          • Katherine caley says:

            Heavenly Father, You put the isolated into families.Thank You that just because You love Judi I trust You will replace isolation with fellowship and family and whatever else she is in need of, in Jesus name, amen.

  12. I’m running behind :-( where can I find the week 1 video?

    • Hi Kelly, not a problem at all. The videos stay up all the time. You need only scroll down the current post to the end and then continue scrolling and you will find Week One’s Post. Let me know if you have any trouble.

      W

  13. Wendy I just want to say thank you for doing this bible study online for all of us

    God Bless

    • You are so welcome!! I love doing it. It truly makes my heart sing to read everyone’s comments to each other…helping and encouraging one another and most especially praying for one another. God is doing a great thing here!!!

      W

  14. I have not even watched the video yet or do more than read chapter 2 and I am already so ashamed and convicted by my lack of devotion. This week I am going to strive to spend more time with God. As I am from an older generation my addiction is my laptop! It makes no difference though as it keeps me occupied for hours I could have been spending with God and studying His word.

    • Robin from VA says:

      Be encouraged that most struggle in one way or another. The fact that you recognize it is a first step. That is what helped me. When I started to realize where my time was going, God was able to help me see a better way. I still struggle and it a constant decision of how to spend my time. I try to sit down and do the study and I start to think about the laundry or vacuuming that needs to be done and so many times, I put my bible study off until I finish just one more thing and by that time I am too tired to really focus on the study. Magriet, please be encouraged and do what you can. God completely understands because He knows us better than we know ourselves and that is reassuring to me. Have a great blessed day!

    • Magriet not sure you will get this but I also have a hard time focusing on”choosing ” to spend more time with other things, like t.v and shows that dont honor God or even entertain me. These are times I could have sat with God and had a much more rich rewarding and enjoyable evening ( or afternoon). Working on focusing on God thru this study – instead of busying myself with t.v or other things that in the end do me any good except to pull me farther from God and more into the world, and I do not want that!

  15. Robin from VA says:

    I am so excited because I actually finished all the homework from last week. I have made this a priority and I am working really hard to make the choice everyday to work on this study. In the past, I always get soooo far behind and then I quit. But this time is going to be different with God’s help and my willingness.

    My prayer has been for God to open my heart and allow the Truth to really get into my heart, not just my head. I want to cherish in my heart that I am God’s child and joint-heirs with Jesus.

    This past weekend, my mom and I were able to attend Shari Braendel’s Beauty Boot Camp Retreat and it was amazing!!!! God was working in amazing ways. Shari’s ministry is so amazing the way Fashion and Faith are brought together is so refreshing. I have always hated to shop, but now that I have a little more knowledge about fashion, I am excited. I guess I never thought God cared about fashion, but I know he does now! God created us in his image, we are his children and he loves us just the way we are!!

    I am looking forward to starting this weeks lessons and I am so thankful that my heart is being opened by God to receive these Truths. For the first time in a long time, I can feel God working in my life. Thanks for not giving up on me God!!!!

    • Sweet Robin,
      Please stay encouraged as you progress through the study. We all have different time availabilities and schedules, so please don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t stay right up to date. I personally work on this in the morning, but I don’t always have time to finish the entire lesson. The beauty of this study is that it is online and it is available whenever we want or need it. For an example, I am concurrently working on the other studies Wendy has made available under the “Bible study” link, so talk about “being behind”. God is timeless. As long as we are spending time with Him & in His Word, that is all that matters! So, keep up the good work, persevere and complete the study as the Lord leads you to!
      Stay encouraged!
      Ashley

    • Oh, I just love Shari! She can have you laughing with her one minute and on your knees weeping before the Lord the next with her testimony. So thankful you got the benefit of hearing her speak.

      W

    • Anna Walker says:

      Robin,
      Thanks for being so honest. I struggle with the same thing! I fall behind in a study and then give up. I made it a priority to finish the homework from week 1 and then watch the video. I, like you, am determined to press in to this study, and press in to all the God has for me!
      Anna

      • Robin from VA says:

        Thanks Anna!

      • the amazing thing about god is the message is exactly what you need when you need it . I have been behind and in an attempt to catch up have recieved exactly the right word I needed at THAT moment . God uses even our weaknesses to be for our best good

  16. Michele Caséca says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Thank you for one more week of this Bible Study! I haven’t started the homework yet, but I’ve not only watched the video, but also have been through all the verses you suggested. It has been an awesome study! I can’t wait to start the homework tomorrow.

    Love,
    Michele

  17. Hi everyone! I’m thoroughly enjoying this bible study! I wake up every morning excited to get to my computer so I can sit with all of you and Wendy and dig deep into His word. I’m especially excited to be sharing this study with my sister, Candy, she is ACTUALLY making it a priority to work on this study. God is wonderful!!! I am hoping someone can help me with question #9 though. I’m probably missing something obvious…but, I don’t understand the relationship to John 8:3. Has anyone answered that question yet? I would really appreciate the help! Thanks all and have a wonderful day!

    • It is discussed in a question above & may be a mistake. Wendy says she is going to look into it.

      • Thanks Ashley…I see that now. I will just keep checking back then.

        • Hi girls,

          I am struggling to find the verse to which I was referrring here. I went through all my notes and the commentaries I used. I simply cannot locate it. I will look again when I have time. Please forgive!!

          Blessings,

          Wendy

          • Jane Berntson says:

            I think the reference is Romans 8:3

          • Thank God (literally) that you’re human Wendy :) That is one of many, many reasons I learn so much from you… you have such wisdom… you live such a Christ-centered life… and you’re approachable because you’re human. I love you!

          • Could it be this…?

            For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, (Romans 8:3 NIV)

            Like John 1:14, this verse tells us that Jesus became flesh, changing His nature in order to overcome Satan.

            <3 Heather

        • Glad I wasn’t the only one.

    • Jane Berntson says:

      I think the reference is Romans 8:3.

      • Thank you, Heather said the same thing and I believe you both are correct. Yay!! Mystery solved. Still cannot find it in my notes.

        • Patty Christie says:

          Wendy, when I was answering the questions, I was lead to 1John 3:8, which ends, “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” This answered the question for me, but I love reading how the Holy Spirit led us to different verses, and they also answered it!

  18. Can I say number 12 touched me greatly. I have been going through a lot but it all seemed to culminate this weekend and I had such a sad and heavy heart and then today to get to number 12 – I felt Jesus sitting right beside me holding my hand and whispering those words to me

  19. anonymous says:

    Hi ladies……I know I probably shouldn’t even be posting this on here but I am a part of this study and I am really enjoying it, but I am in desperate need of prayer……I don’t want to turn to my church family because I am so ashamed of my self. Please lift me up in prayer. I let the evil one get a foot hold and he pulled me into some old bad habits, and I can’t stop beating myself up. I can’t even seem to pick up my bible….I feel unworthy and ashamed. I was deeply convicted before I even gave into this sin, but I did it anyway. How could I disappoint Him when He has given me so much. I am sorry for venting on here. Thank you!!!

    • anonymous says:

      Hi ladies……I know I probably shouldn’t even be posting this on here but I am a part of this study and I am really enjoying it, but I am in desperate need of prayer……I don’t want to turn to my church family because I am so ashamed of my self. Please lift me up in prayer. I let the evil one get a foot hold and he pulled me into some old bad habits, and I can’t stop beating myself up. I can’t even seem to pick up my bible….I feel unworthy and ashamed. I was deeply convicted before I even gave into this sin, but I did it anyway. How could I disappoint Him when He has given me so much. I am sorry for venting on here. Thank you!!!

      • Anonymous, we are SO VERY GRATEFUL you posted here. We all make mistakes in our journey with the Lord. The biggest first step is what you just did….recognizing it, confessing it, and repenting of it. Remember God’s Word says that He loves a humble, contrite heart…that is the heart that pleases Him. But to keep from going back again and getting pulled back into your stronghold, you must stay in the Word and in fellowship with believers to pray for and encourage you. God brought you here to do that for you. Be strong. Be disciplined. Dig into the Word and stay in it with us!! So excited you are here and you had the courage to ask for prayer.

        Blessings,

        Wendy

      • Anonymous,

        I know exactly what you’re feeling. I’ve been where you are, more than once. But please don’t be fooled by the enemy. He wants you to feel so shameful so that you don’t read the Word and he wants you to stay bound by your shame. But Jesus already paid the price for our forgiveness. It’s done! Just confess it to the Lord, stay in the Word and don’t forget to worship Him for what He’s done for you. Ps. 32:5 says: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”—
        and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” I will pray for you, Anonymous. Be blessed.

      • You are exactly in the right place to ask for prayer. This study is all about growing closer to our Lord and Savior through His word. Often there are things in our life that need to be confessed before we can truly receive all that He has for us. You, my dear sister, are on the right track simply by acknowledging that you have sinned. And just to remind you that you are not alone –
        “For all have sined and fall short of the glory of God” -Romans 3:23, but vs. 24 continues on with,
        “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”. It doesn’t matter what the sin, there is forgiveness through Jesus Christ. He loves you and wants you to accept this forgiveness and be at peace in your heart. Keep your eyes on Jesus and keep pressing on. “Come near to God and He will come near to you” -James 4:8.

        • anonymous says:

          Thank you Lori, Dale and Wendy for lifting me up in prayer and for your encouraging words…..I felt your prayers and my I forced myself to spend some time very early this morning with the Lord and praise God, I felt His presence there with me. As I picked up my bible to work on this study, everything I was reading just brought me to tears and to my knees at Jesus’s feet. I thank you again for your prayers. Thanks sista’s!!!!!!!

      • Michele Caséca says:

        Hi Anonymous,

        Not very long ago, I was living a VERY sinful life. I not only disappointed God, but MANY wonderful people He put on my way.
        I SO relate to what you have written, because I too felt unworthiness and shame. I felt I would NEVER be normal again.
        Dear friend, Jesus died for ALL of us. Nothing is unredeemed. NOTHING. Jesus took it all at the cross, so that we may have the opportunity to live life to the fullest.
        I not only gave my life to Jesus, but I decided to confess my sin and live a totally different life… A life that honors our Lord Jesus and our dear Father.
        Was that easy? NO. I still harvest the bitter fruit of my sin.
        But all I can tell you today is make a commitment to God’s Word. Hold on to God’s promises. Stick to His promises. Don’t forget your Bible. Open it everyday. Guard the Word of God in your heart, and day after day you will see the amazing changes God will do in your heart and in the hearts around you.
        Wendy Blight taught me this, after I read her book Hidden Joy. My Quiet Time has become my priority at 5 AM everyday. God is restoring my joy, my integrity and my reputation. My shame has lost A LOT of its impact, and even some friends I thought I had lost, have shown their first signs of forgiveness.
        I’ll be praying for you. Please let us know how you are doing. If you want to find me in FB, please feel free to message me.
        I know God will do great things in your life, the same way He has done in mine.
        It takes ONE decision, dear one!

        Wendy Blight, I will always be thankful for your words, for our prayer, for your beautiful and forgiving heart, and your book that truly changed my life after this intense period of agony.

        I love people.
        I love your ladies.
        Let’s love generously!
        Michele

  20. Kowana Farrar says:

    Thank you so much for this study I read Hebrews 2: 1-4. I am convicted b God telling me to listen very carefully to God’s truth or I may drift fro it. Why does he want me to listen very carefully so he can guide can guide my heart and mind to where he wants and needs it to be daily. So I ask myself I know I need God but do I live like I want him everyday. This passage really help me to see where I am not wanting God as much as I should. Thanks again Wendy!

  21. I have only completed questions 1-3, but have been convicted of this — I can be neglecting God, even though I spend time daily in His Word. I love, love, love to study His Word, but it can become only a “study” with no connection to the author at all! I must not only “pay more careful attention” to His Word, but I must even more so “pay more careful attention” to Him! I must develop a deeper relationship with Him, sincerely asking — even before I open my Bible — that He be my Guest and my Teacher as I study. I am guilty! This is about knowing Him and asking Him to take whatever I am “paying careful attention” to in His Word and allowing Him to do very necessary changes in me. I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of what God would be capable of changing in me — if I REALLY “looking attentively” at Him and His Word like I’m suppose to. Am I willing to let the “double-edged sword” do it’s deep and pentrating work? That’s HUGE!!! KK

    • Karen,

      I have been thinking the same things about my studying time. I focus to much on the info and remembering it and not on my relationship with Christ inviting him into my personal study time. Or even I will ask for his help in learning it but not help in applying it. I have been thinking and meditating on the drifting aspect and what I could be anchoring myself to instead of Christ and his words and also paying careful attention to him and his work. I really want to be changed. I have so many things I want to change. I want to be a better wife and mother and friend. I fail in a big way in those areas. I am always feeling overwhelmed by life and I’m tired of being chained to my fears and unmotivated feels. I need to be free of those binds.

    • oh man this spoke right to what I have been going thru. My time with God in study has been just that a “study” as you put it. I have totally missed the mark when being with him in study, thank you for stating this praise God I re read these – now to work on changing my time with God and reading His Word.

  22. Wendy,

    I was just working on question 8, where you ask us to read ch. 2:11-14. Reading what the author of Hebrews quoted, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people.,” took me back to last week’s assignment where you asked us to read in Romans 8:15-17, and how it says we are adopted sons and daughters through the Spirit. I think this a point that God wants to bring to my attention, as both times I was just so moved by the thought, It just floors me to think that Jesus Himself would call me His sister. Just wanted to share. :)

  23. Greetings everyone, I have never done an online study before and I am really enjoying this study of Hebrews. My pastor preached recently on Hebrews which made it all the more intersting to me. I am also currently in my last week of studying The Shelter of the Promises by Sheila Walsh with my local church group (which is a fantastic study) so I can now really delve into this study of the book of Hebrews. Wendy, you are awesome. I enjoy watching the video and love how the homework questions lead us to read and study more of the word thus finding proof of God’s words in the related verses from different books. Thanks again for the time that you have invested in this study. I have just begun reading Hebrews 2. I usually read the KJV bible but I’ve been reading these chapters in several translations in order to get a better understanding.
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom everyone.

    • We are so excited to have you join us! I love that you keep several translations at your side to dig deeper into our readings. I do the same. And thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. I truly LOVE leading this study. Reading the comments and hearing how God is moving and working is what brings me the most joy. So keep sharing!!

      W

  24. Hi all,
    Just finishing off last weeks homework and so glad to be part of this grp of wonderful prayerful ladies. I am greatly in need of refreshment in the word and feel stale. I know God has brought me to this study (as he has led me to Wendy’s other studies) to come closer again and learn more about how my relationship with Jesus works. As I finished week one homework I am reminded of Jesus supremacy, sitting in the throne of heaven! Reminded of his sacrifice for me and I am letting this sink deeper in my heart to soften it.
    Shall get moving on this weeks homework. Thx again Wendy, your graciousness makes my accountability to you and all these sisters in the Lord so easy and not a burden but a delight.
    Belinda (Sydney, Australia)

    • Belinda, thank you for your words of encouragement this morning. I so appreciate you sharing what God is doing in your life through this study and how He is speaking to you. I love what I do and e-mails like yours truly bless me!

      Wendy

  25. Thank you so much for doing this. The Lord helped me today expecially in Chapter two. Ive been boing through a difficulty in the last two Werks, and i sure could use Somerset prayer. I gave a tract and a note to a lady that I work with about 3 weeks ago, and the that weekend I found out she was getting transferred. I didn’t relize that would be the last time I would see her. Well, after she left, she actually went to the head office of the buisness I work in and complained about it. It wasn’t me, exactley, that she was trying to get Into trouble, it was someone else. Long story short, I was told not to do it again, end of story. But it still hurts so much and I still miss her so bad. If you could please pray for me and for salvation for her that would amazing. Thank you so much! God bless!

    • Addy, thank you for sharing your story with us. I am so proud of you for listening to the Lord and giving this woman a tract and a note from your heart. You did what the Lord led you to do, and He promises that blessings follow obedience. I pray that He will show you your blessings. Just know that tract and your note are now planted in her heart. You did your part. Now the Lord will do His…whatever that is…in her life. Praying He will bring more believers across her path to continue what you started. God’s Word says blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!!! Praying that for you today.

      Wendy

  26. I woke up this morninng to do my devotions as usual, but my mind is full of clutter. If you are reading this and have a moment please say a prayer for me and my family. My husband had an accident in our second car (which was already a “clunk”, but was payment free and only liability insured). We were hoping this vehicle would get us through at least another year–a couple would have been a huge blessing , however. For some reason, unknown to us at this time, God has allowed OUR plans to be taken in another direction. We are pretty financially strapped right now with one in Christian college(and many of you understand the financial sacrifice that is). As the one with the financial responsibility of the family, this is weighing fairly heavily on me this morning. Although I feel too unfocused to dive into chapter 2 questions right now, I will get caught up soon. I did read a morning devotion from the Proverbs 31 sight. It was a good one, since it was a reinforcement lesson on Renee Swope’s “A Confident Heart” book, which I am also currently studying with Melissa and a few thousands gals. Today I just need peace and direction from Christ. Thank you for your prayers.

    • Praying for you now, Lori. May you know the reality of God as Jehovah Rapha, God our Provider, in your life right now. May you hear His voice as you open His Word and as you pray. May you sense the Presence of His sweet Spirit as you seek His will and plan for you. He promises to never leave you or forsake you. He will care for you and your family. Stick together, pray together, and support one another. Praying for unity as you call upon His name. We are so thankful you are with us and that you called on us to pray.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Lori, I am praying for you!! I just read Luke 12:22-24 that talks about us being more valuable than ravens. God provides everything they need…and they don’t have anything! You are SO much more precious to Him than a bird, so I pray you are encouraged that the Lord will provide all you need. This situation is occuring so that glory and honor and praise will be given to Him. I hope that encourages you today. That verse really touched my heart. Prayers for you!!

      J

    • I just prayed for you Lori! Prayed for His peace to wash over You and for provision to come from Him in a way that draws you closer to His heart.
      <3 Heather

    • Charlotte Askew says:

      Praying for you Lori. Our Father can take circumstances such as this and turn it into a huge blessing. Just trust and have faith that He has the situation in control. Turn your worries and fears over to Him, tell Him you can no longer handle it. I speak from TOTAL experience as my husband and I was almost financially devastated the beginning of this year. Just trust and have faith.

      • Thank you for your prayers Wendy, Julia, Heather and Charlotte. I am ending this day in a spirit of PEACE. I enjoyed some time in God’s word tonight and was even able to answer a few questions on Hebrews 2. I am still not sure exactly how this all fits into God’s plan or what all the answers are, but I am trusting him fully and “paying more careful attention” to what He is showing me through this. Thank you all for the reminders of just how much Jesus loves me and my family. I never imagined I could feel so cared for by people I have never even met . . . Oh, but one day we will fellowship and rejoice together in our eternal home! Blessings to you all!

    • I will be praying for you I do so hate it when god soenst listen to OUR plans (hahha) I keep praying i will learn to be at peace with his plan that isalways so much better I am also doing Melissas study
      .
      God bless i will be waiting to hear what Gods plan for your transportation is

  27. I finished #7 last night and I just wanted to share the prayer before I get started on #8:
    Dear Father…Daddy,
    Thank You. I cannot even believe that You would even look my way in light of my sin. Yet You have not only turned Your eye to me, You have called me precious and cherished in Your sight. Above all, and this is the part that blows my mind Father, You still thought I was worth dying for. You could’ve thrown me into the depth, forgotten me completely, wiping my memory from Your heart forever. I deserve to be left here, steeped in my own sin and disobedience…lost in my rebellion, separated from You for all eternity. But for some reason I can’t even fathom, You offered Your Son in my place.

    He took on my punishment. He stood there in silence for me. He stood there bearing my sins…for me. He could’ve made them stop. One word and a multitude of angels would have come and wiped out all those who sought to beat You, to hang You naked on the cross. As if You would’ve needed their help anyway, You are the Lord of all and could’ve come come on Your own accord, but no. Your love for me was greater than the pain You endured, it was greater than the weight of my own sin crushing Your heart. What truly gets me is the fact that even if I were the only one in the world redeemed by Your sacrifice…You still would’ve died for me.

    I may never fully comprehend this love You have for me, but I am grateful. That is why I give my praises to the Holy One of Israel, the Name above all names, Jesus the Christ, my Lord, and my Redeemer. He is the only one whose glory my lips will proclaim! Lord, may I reflect the love You have freely poured out in my life. Fill my heart with compassion for Your people and a willingness to lay down my life for them. When there is forgiveness to offer, let me give it as freely as You have done for me. Let my words and deeds bring You glory and honor.

    I love You Jesus, thank You for loving me beyond all measure. Amen. 

  28. Love reading all of these posts that make this deep study even deeper. I am only part of the way through the questions, but what has really struck me was the author making a very simple but profound truth. Jesus was in a manner of speaking ‘perfected’ by his human suffering so that he could truly understand the human condition. Angels and even demons know his name and have to obey him. HOW can we ignore or deny Him knowing that?

    Reading this has made me very aware of how I need to make the Word more of my life instead of when it is convenient for me.

  29. Jennifer Rodd says:

    Wendy, I was doing the homework questions and I have a question.

    In question 7 you suggest us reading Peter 2:22-24. Is it 1 Peter or 2 Peter?

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Hello Ladies! I’m about half way through this weeks lesson and enjoying each moment. I spent some time reading through the comments this afternoon am thankful for the comments and insight regarding the words “pay more careful attention”. The Holy Spirit keeps bringing those words back to me all week and impressing on me my role as a participant in paying attention.
    As an at-home/homeschool mom of little ones (and one on the way!!) I hear myself constantly saying things like, “is everyone listening?, do you have your listening ears on?, pay attention, focus on what I’m saying, what did mommy say?, etc.” As I thought about those phrases I realized that when I say that to my kids I’m also expecting action. I expect them to choose to focus on what I’m saying/doing and for there to be a positive response. As I studied those words in Hebrews a few days ago the Holy Spirit reminded my of James 1: 22-26. By paying attention to God and His Word I choose to become more like Him as I learn more about Him. I choose to look intently into the Word of God rather than walk away and forget so that I am not easily influenced the the world and it’s philosophies (Colossians 2:8)! I have an enemy who prowls (1 Peter 5:8) and I must actively choose to listen and respond to God or I will drift! I choose to throw off the sin that so easily entangles (Heb. 12:1….as some of you have already decided to do with things you know pull you away from God….for me the Holy Spirit convicted me of a complaining spirit last week!) and run for God.
    Anyway, this is getting longer than I intended! But, I just love how God’s Word is alive and active and that the Holy Spirit individually convicts and leads each one of us as we encounter God’s Word. So encouraged by all these women digging in God’s Word and making effort to come away different!

  31. Hi Ladies! I signed up for the study, and was just able to begin the lessons yesterday. So here I am caught up and ready for Week 2. I am so impressed by everyone’s comments, the way God is “opening our minds to understand the scripture” (Luke 24:45) through each other. God is so good. Wendy, thank you. This is just the study I needed. Your insightful questions, videos, and knowledge are just the challenge my spirit needs to be fed. I attend different local Ladies Bible Class and they have taken an extended holiday break until after the New Year. I am so thankful God provided your study of Hebrews just in time. Thank You Father.

    I do have one question, do you recommend I watch the video before I do my homework each week. I am not sure it really matters, because I watched the first one before and after I did my homework (it was that good), in case I do not have an opportunity what is your teacher preference? Thanks Wendy. LORD bless Wendy as she goes about her week. Keep her and her family safe and healthy, her thoughts clear so that she may continue to use the gift of teaching you have given her to share Your Good News. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen. Have a blessed week everyone. Yanna, from Texas

    • Thank you for your sweet prayers for me this week. I will rest in them as I continue to work on Chapters 7 and 8 this week.

      As for the video, my advice is that if you are new to studying God’s Word watching the video first may help….not necessary but may help since Hebrews is a difficult book without some background understanding of Scripture. But if you are a veteran of God’s Word and Bible study, watch it later so that God can work fresh on you without my insight. Hope this helps.

      W

      • Thank you Wendy! I am so in love with God and try to have 2 Bible Studies going at one time I am a Bible Addict. :) Thank you for encouraging me to watch it after I am in the Word, I enjoy my time with God at my kitchen table! So excited to begin Hebrews 2 with all of you. I do not like being behind!! You are in my prayers before I begin my study. :)

  32. wendelijn says:

    Just starting just watched the video and took 2 pages of notes ;)
    While engish says pay more carefull attention…
    In Dutch its translated as: pay all your attention!
    I found that powerfull and wanted to share with you girls not just some more but it must have all of our attention to keep from drifting!

    x wen

  33. Shannon in SC says:

    I’m so enjoying this second week of Bible study! I love how deep we’re digging into the Word of God. So far this week, the thing that has had the most impact on me is Hebrews 2:1. From Wendy’s wonderful introduction we know that the Greek “prosecho” gives us the image of an anchor. We MUST be anchored, fastened, almost imbedded in God’s Word. There must be no separation; God’s Word is our lifeline. In question 1, when Wendy asked us “how are you paying attention to the Word of God” I answered mainly through this Bible study. But then I began to think of the importance of memorizing scripture. When we do, it’s almost as if God Word becomes anchored in us, doubling the strength of that lifeline. We are more able to fend off attacks by the enemy just as Jesus did when tempted in the desert. All this made me recommitt to memorizing more scripture so that my hold on God and His hold on me will be stronger than ever!

    I pray that you all are having a very blessed week!
    Shannon

  34. Hi everyone! I’m struggling with question #7…anyone care to share? Thanks

    • My answer to number 7. Hope this helps

      My understanding of the scripture

      Jesus was sinless, He didn’t retaliate when people insulted Him, He suffered without making any treats. He gave the people the right to do what they wanted to Him. Just because He wanted us to be free from sin and be able to live a righteous life in Him. By His wounds I have been healed, I was going astray but now I have been returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of my Soul.

      What does this mean to me personally

      I am guilty, I have committed a wide variety of sins from homosexuality to stealing to lying to deceit and all of such evils. I can remember a time when all I did from morning to night every day was sin. I have committed the crime but Jesus has paid the price. I have done wrong but Jesus has made everything right, He has made me right with God, acceptable to Him. By His death on the cross He was punished for every single sin that I have committed. Not only did He take away my sins, He also restored me, I have exchanged my sickness for His perfect health at the foot of the cross, I have been restored to my rightful position with God.
      God is awesome, He is a caring God, He is indeed the Shepherd and Overseer of my soul, He loves me too much to allow me to perish. From my mother’s womb He called me, He ordained me even before I took my very first steps. My life is hid in Christ I will never go back. Thank you Lord Jesus for this great sacrifice, thank You for your grace and mercy towards me. I worship you Lord, take all the glory, honor and adoration. In Jesus Name. Amen.

      Co. 2: 2-4 says “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine sounding arguments.” This scripture is telling us that God has the ultimate wisdom and comprehensive insight. All things spiritual and physical are known by God and therefore God chose to use His Son to champion our salvation through His death on the cross. God could have done it any other way because He has all the wisdom. He however decided to lead us to glory in this way so that we can be co-heirs with Christ, He made the perfect choice, He made the ultimate sacrifice leaving no room for the devil to argue.

  35. Hi ladies, recently God pointed out a scripture that i have been struggling with. It is 2Tim2:15 and it says “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”. I had a problem believing that God will want us to present ourselves or do something to approve of us, but this week’s study and a number of teachings and studying I have been doing recently is telling me that – yes God loves us, yes Jesus died for us but we also have a part to play in our spiritual life. We have to study the word of God, pay attention to it, listen carefully to it because it is so easy to get drifted, it is very easy for the devil who is always seeking our downfall to distract us (I love how some ladies use this word). So I feel God telling me, in His gentle sweet voice “my dear daughter, listen to Me, I want to show you how to do great and mighty things but you need to stay close to Me, you have to pay very careful attention to My Word because it is Life and Light to you”.

    Best regards,
    Olayinka

  36. Abba Father…
    Thank You for Wendy. You have appointed her to keep watch over this “small” group flock of women. Thank You that she has responded to Your call to be our shepherd. Lord, thank You for her strength, patience, perseverance and wisdom to lead with all her heart as working for You above human masters. Give her that deep knowledge in her soul that she will receive an inheritance from You has a reward. You are a just God and You will not forget her hard work and the love she has shown us. Bless her for using and multiplying the gifts You have given her to teach and serve each of us. She is a faithful steward of Your grace! May she find rest in You when she is weary or burdened, for You are gentle, humble in heart and You will give rest to her soul! May we girls strengthen and encourage her with all our hearts. Grow us in gratitude, humble hearts and use us to uplift and encourage Wendy as You have through so many of these beautiful postings from our sisters who continue to thank Wendy for her work. Thank You Abba for this amazing group. Thank You for our amazing leader. You are moving mountains! In Jesus’ Name we pray… Amen!

    Have an amazing day girlfriends!
    xoxo

    • How this prayer filled me today as I continue to study and prepare lessons for our study. Your prayers are so Spirit-led….they go to exactly what I need and am seeking. Thank you for your tender heart to listen and pray. I love you and am so thankful for you. The sweet thiing is that I can see your beautiful face and hear your voice as I read this. What a blessing we got to meet!!!

      Love,

      me

  37. I am loving the study and how God is so faithful to fill my heart with the desire to know Him more and dig into His Word! I can’t wait to get up each morning and go to my ‘altar’ and study His Word with all of you.
    I just finished question 9 and I can’t help but think of a broadcast that used to be played regularly at Christmas by Paul Harvey, talking about a family going to church at Christmas but the father refusing to go because he wouldn’t believe in Jesus. The story goes on to say how he watched the birds in the air flying around aimlessly in the snow storm and he wanted to help but couldn’t get the birds to fly into his barn no matter how hard he tried. Then the idea struck him – why if only I could be a bird! then I could be one of them and fly with them and lead them to safety! He then realized that is exactly what Jesus did for us! While I know this is a much more simplistic message than the gospel it is a very touching story that shows what Jesus did for us. Thank you
    for this study and thank you God for Your perfect plan!

    • I had never heard this story before. Thank you for sharing it with us. What a perfect visual for such a powerful truth.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Natalie, I agree with Wendy, I love this story. It is as simple as that. Thank you for sharing that with us. As I go through this study, I need to remember at least in some areas” its as simple as that” I don’t need to add or take away. The understanding and wisdom will come. And I am loved.

      On to more study.

  38. Listened to the video this morning about the place called hell . . . about how if we do not accept Christ this is where we go. My oldest daughter just called, as I finished the video, to tell me that our young Grandson accepted Christ last night as his Savior. I can’t describe my heart – God is so good!

  39. I picked up my bible on Monday and started to read Hebrews 2. I was so convicted on verse one that I have spent most of the week on this verse. This verse is such an eye opener to me because it is showing me that I am not spending the right about time with the Lord. During the week I realized that drifting away is not sudden movement but small movements that go unnoticed until you realize that you have drifted away. Right now my life is falling apart around me (it seems to me that way ) but looking back I can see that I have not been anchored to the word of God and Him that I have slowly drifted away. This verse is showing me that He is asking me to come back to Him and rest in Him. Life seems hard but it is much harder without Him.

    Thank you Wendy for such a wonderful bible study! It has really opened my eyes already 

  40. Goodmorning everyone! I am going to comment when I am moved. I love when I get a fresh Word, a stillness that comes over me that is so overwhelming. When my heart is so full of who God Is. I have stopped at question #6 so what I feel will soak in all day. Jesus. I question sometimes how people who lived when he did could not believe. God did miracles, signs, wonders through Jesus, Acts 2:22 so they would see and know. Possibly they really doubt, question God. Some perhaps still waiting for the perfect king powerful, handsome a knight in shining armor from their own times fairy tale, wearing a cape and doing amazing things. Jesus was poor, meek, humble. Not at all what they wanted irony is it is what they/we need. In our relationship with God, as well as Jesus’ relationship with his Father, God had to become first. Something some of the people who lived during Jesus day did not do. We know but do not see. This is faith. We live by faith, not by sight. II Cor 5:7 With this belief we must lift God higher. Just as the people in Jesus day should have. John 3:30. God (and His Son) must become greater I must become less. Even Jesus, to be all he could be as a human, God must become greater. Jesus must become less, until He fulfilled his purpose on earth, and conquered death then he sat at God’s right hand!

    Then I get to Psalm 8. God gave man everything. Even Jesus. We were given authority over all things, but because of disobedience beginning with Adam and Eve, we lost what God intended for us. Jesus. Jesus is the answer. Sent to conquer death. Through God’s grace, love, desires He has given us a Way to once again have authority with His Son and dwell in His Kingdom as heirs.

    Now I can go read everyone’s comments and have even more insight from your perspective. I am loving this study. Father, thank you for Wendy, for the women gathering here to know Who You Are. Father, I lift all of us up to You to bless us with time to be in Your Word. To give us understanding through Your Spirit, to open our minds that we may understand the scriptures (Luke 24:45) and apply them in our lives. Thank You for the knowledge of Your Word you are giving Wendy as she prepares the questions to help us understand You better, to know You, and to want to come back for more. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

  41. Hi everyone,
    I have gotten to question number 6 and I had been praying about giving the Christ control and giving Him my mind, and body to take care of. (I have silly fears and undisciplined)
    As I was working on reading Hebrews 2:6-10 I noticed the first part of this scripture reference is from Psalm 8. I went to this Psalm and read it. I noticed that the Psalmist tells in verse 4-6 that is seems to say humans are put in charge of everything God made on this earth. I see it means we are stewards of what is put in our charge daily. This is convicting because I know I am undisciplined in being a good steward of what God has given me to take care of.
    So, I questioned this Psalm thinking -I thought the LORD was in charge of everything He made? So, I noticed there was a cross reference in the margin for verse 6. The cross reference for these verses is 1 Corinthians 15-27-28. This verse says For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (or complete ruler over everything).
    Thus, the only way Christ could be in charge was to place himself below the Father or subject to Him by bring himself low and dying on the cross so that by him we would be subject to Christ himself just like he is to the father. This way He can work and do the things he needs to do in us, through us and for others in this world. It’s only through the Son that I can conquer my fears and become disciplined in this daily life I live.
    I think I am interpreted this correctly if not please correct me.

    • Wow, I just love how God took you all over His Word and taught you so much! He gave you some great truths. Thank you for sharing them with us.

      W

      • Your welcome Wendy. I am so glad I found this website. I am very blessed by you and everyone else that is involved with this study. I can’t remember the last time I had a study so engaging and rich as this one.

    • Jeannie, I love how we had the exact same “moment” with God during our study. You just said it better than I did. :) It brought such a smile to my face and joy in my soul that someone else “got” what I got.

  42. I am so amazed at what you ladies are discovering. I’m on question 4. However I am not getting as an insightful view as you all are, but I’m writing those things down. My mind isn’t focusing on it, so I have begun to look at cultivating a heart of prayer and asking God to fill me with his knowledge so I can dive deeper into His Word and get the understanding of it he wants. Keep up the good work.

    • I haven’t answered question 4 either I skipped and am having a hard time answering it :(

      • Veronica all I could get was that Jesus was there, before everything and everything runs through him ( almost like a steady stream full of beauty and awe…)

    • Debra, God will speak to you just when He needs you to hear something, and I can’t wait to read what He told you during your study. That is the best part about our online study and community of women from all over the world. We each have God moments and can share them so we all get to have God-goosebumps over different parts of the world. Just like the church in Acts lifting each other up and many believed!! Have a blessed day. I will be praying God gives you an insight that just blows you away so you can share it with us. :)

      • Yanna, One of the reasons that I think God led me to this study was to fellowship with oth women who love Jesus. This is not my first choice for fellowship but like you said, we are all over the world serving Him and we can encourage each other on line just as well as face to face! I completed the questions for chapter 2 and like to read the chapter daily. yesterday as I was reading the first part of verse nine jumped out at me – BUT WE SEE JESUS!. Yes we have struggles, disappointments, discouragement And sin. Each one of us face challenges in our lives, but we see Jesus! What a privilege! I am not worthy to see Him, but He reveals Himself Anyway because we are His and He loves us! There is no greater love than His!

        • Mandy, I love that we can fellowship over the internet and grow in God’s Word. I agree it is so important to have other face to face fellowship, but I know God is smiling right now at the insight you have shared. BUT WE SEE JESUS! What a privilege. There is no greater love.

  43. Afternoon all, I’m not sure why my post earlier went to the ones above Simply Me, that wasn’t my intent. Any way, I have settled into a routine again, I had to refocus my attention and go back to a lesson in 1 Tim that I am doing. It is there God is getting through to me about faith and ministry that I see reflected here. Hopefully by weeks end I will be caught up here as well as the other study. That way I can post some of what I am learning. I really don’t like being so far from God. It’s scary.

  44. This week’s lesson has been very interesting. I really liked the explantion in the video of the warning in 2:1 . It has really stuck in my mind.
    Martha, from Cedar Rapids,Iowa

  45. Cleopatra Boone says:

    Dear Wendy, Thanks I am loving this study, I am excited, and I’ve shared with someone else. Can’t wait for next week, and I am glad that I can read the comments and get more insight in the word. Thanks again.

    • Hi Cleopatra,

      So excited you are loving your time in this study. And thanks for sharing it with a friend. Hopefully you will get to do it together.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  46. Grrr…an out-of-town trip with no computer access has put me behind where I want to be. I will get there eventually. In the meantime, just wanted to pass on to Anon, you have been heavy on my heart. Will continue to pray for you, as well as Ashley, Lori , Magrit, Christie, and if I forgot to list your name here, please forgive me, sleep deprived. I do a lot of my talking to Him during insomniac nights, so your given name might not be right, but He knows who I am talking about.
    And let me add, there are some serious scholars out there. Isn’t it so cool how the different parts of the Body are coming together to do this thing?!
    Peace

  47. Sue Nunnery says:

    It was very important for Jesus to become human and share in our humanity. In dying he could free us from the power of death, so that by becoming the final sacrifice for sin, he would reconcile us to God (He bridged the gap caused by Adam and Eve’s fall from grace) and in experiencing temptation, he can better help with our own temptation. (NIV student Bible). We are so far from God’s perfection that we feel we cannot ever overcome our sinfulness. But Jesus, although human, was able to overcome temptation. Granted He is God’s Son, but because of his humaness He knows our struggles, and still loves us, cares about us, cheers us on every moment of everyday. He was is and always will be our God. Unconditionally loving us, His hand reaching for us when we stumble and fall – it is never closed and pushing us down. Our God is Great and Awesome. I wonder if I would have believed Jesus to be the Messiah if I were there? I was raised to believe. Hebrews was written after Jesus ascended. The writer truly deeply wanted those on the fence to believe; those who were seeking,to find; and through those who believed, those on the fence who believed, and those seeking find and believe help each other to ‘stay the course’ and help lead those who did not believe or did not know.

    • Mom, you are so awesome! I wonder that sometimes too, would I have believed if I had not grown up knowing…or if I had grown up knowing something else. I thank God that I do know Him and what He has done for me. I hope I can pass on that knowledge to anyone I meet…just as YOU passed down that knowledge and faith to me. Love you mommy!

      <3 Heather

    • Wait… You’re Heather’s Mommy?! Awesome! What an amazing woman you are… and what an amazing woman you have raised :) Thank you for your wisdom- this is such rich information! xoxo

    • So fun to have you join us!! We LOVE Heather. She has been such a blessing to so many of us. You are such an example for those of us who are mothers that we need to pour our faith into our daughters…into our children. Thank you for sharing. I just love that you two are doing this study together!!

      W

  48. I just finished #8 and I struggle with my worth in God’s kingdom. Wendy when you stated that I am to live in the reality of who I am to God, a precious child. I was struck by the thought that if I was the only one here on earth Jesus would have suffered the exact same death just for me. I need to live in light of this truth moment to moment. Thank you for the blessing of your time, wisdom, and heart.

    • You are so very welcome, Amy. And I pray that God will continue to reveal to you your great value and worth in His sight as you break apart this book of Hebrews.

      Blessings,
      Wendy

  49. What a way to begin a Saturday morning. I have never felt like this. . . I can’t put my Bible down! I just finished Chapter 2 questions and looked up every supporting verse and even found a few on my own.
    I fall short in some area of my faith each day, but just knowing that Christ “has my back” is such an amazing relief. The idea of substitutionary atonement is just so overwhelming to me. . . that Jesus, who was sinless, would take on human nature to be like me and have feelings like me and be willing to die for me. . . now that is almost beyond comprehension! I feel so humbled today by His love, His mercy, His grace and His forgiveness.

    • You used words that every Bible teacher loves and longs to hear….”I can’t put my Bible down!” Such a direct answer to the prayers I lift for you girls!! May God continue to give you a deep hunger and longing for more of Him and more of His Word. May He pour His Spirit of Knowledge and Revelation upon you as you study and dig to learn more about Him and what He has for you in this study..

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  50. Wendy, we met in Plymouth MA and I just wanted to thank you for taking time to talk with me. I am praying for the “joy of my salvation” to be returned to me and am so very blessed (reflecting in Psalm 51). Thank you also for this study, I’ve only just started but wanted to say hello. Its great reading all the comments as well. For me, the Lord is laying on my heart to reflect on how much of a slave I am to the fear of death. (vs 2:14,15) Digesting the fact theat Jesus set me free from that fear and how that impacts my everyday life. For the woman who had the car accident – God know the plans he has for us, plans to prosper us not to harm us to give us a hope and a future..having been in major financial difficutly due to a car accident and forced to be the main provider unexpectedly, I know this to be true. On my worst days, I would pray this and claim this for myself to remind myself that He is in control and He knows all things. He will work all things for good. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! God bless.

    • Hi Jenn. It was my privilege to spend time with you and hear your story. I am so excited you are joining us for this study of Hebrews. You will be so blessed…not just from your actual time in the Word but also by all the women in this group. God has brought together a most amazing fellowship of women. I look forward to studying God’s Word with you.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  51. I just had the chance to listen to this weeks video. I’m enjoying so much your insight into these chapters. I just want to share some information in what I believe of Hell. You mentioned it as a “real” place where the wicked are cast. I am attaching a link that gives greater insight into Hell and what it means. I hope it blesses all who take the time to read it. Prayers to you all.

    http://www.amazingfacts.org/Resources/Download/PBLib/BK-HF.PDF

  52. Hi Wendy and to all my sisters here.
    Amen to Noelle prayer!
    Thank you for this amazing journey!

    I am a little behind….I’ve just finished studying and meditating on chapter one today…..now I’ll try to catch-up….!
    I wanted to share with you how the Lord spoke to me. First of all….sorry for my English…I’m Italian! Second, I’ve read some of the comments in the last week lesson….you girls are amazing! You have a lot of wisdom!

    Through the study of Ch 1, I came to a deeper understanding of the fact that, while before, in the Old Testament, the law was external to men….written on paper, in the New Testament there is a new covenant…..now God writes His Word in our heart. This is because the Spirit of Jesus comes to live in us…….and through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word accomplishes its work in us… The power of the Holy Spirit is the life of Jesus.
    The Old Testament was telling what was necessary to do, but there weren’t the power of the Holy Spirit for changing the life of men. This was accomplished with Jesus: with Jesus, God not only gives us His Word, but He comes to live in us. He is the power to live in obedience His Word.
    With the new covenant God, the Creator of the Universe, through Jesus Christ, comes to live in our heart!
    This makes me more realize and be aware of the fact that the same power that created the universe and everything in it, lives in my heart.
    I knew this truth also before, but I’ve never really been aware of the reality of what is available to me….the reality of Christ in my life, the reality of Jesus’ s life in me!
    I’ve been using only so little of what it’s available to me!! Now I am more aware of the fact I need to learn to receive the powerful grace and blessings God gives me, to receive the full work of the Holy Spirit available to me, to let the life of Christ flow through me in all its power!
    A second message, connected to the first one, was to realize that Jesus did two things, one on earth=Purification, and one on heaven= He sit at the right hand of the Father. I’ve been mostly experince Purification, but not very much or always the heavenly life, that is this unity with Christ!
    Wendy does it make sense?
    I had so much growth with only these few verses….

    Thank you for letting me sharing this with you. I am so blessed to be part of this journey with you

    With Love,
    Erica

    • Oh, Erica, I just love what you have shared. And, yes, it makes perfect sense. The Lord is really speaking to and teaching you. Thank you for sharing with us. Your English is fine..we love having a sister in Christ from Italy joining us.

      W

    • Erica, sweet sister! You just blessed me more than you know :) Thank you for this posting! By the way, your English is AMAZING!!!!! xoxo

  53. Working on question 7 — Though I have been in choir for as long as I can remember, and have heard many times in the song that “He could have called ten thousand angels”, it was only recently that this really hit home. It was one of the moments when I simply realized that Jesus didn’t have to stay on the cross or even go to the cross — He chose to do this for me. That was such a blessing to come to my heart.

  54. Michele Caséca says:

    Amazing, amazing week Wendy!

    Thank you for leading us to such beautiful truths!

    I encourage all of you to watch this video in YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE

    That’s my king!

    It’s beautiful and says other beautiful names and titles Jesus has!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Love, Michele

  55. Pro3:56 Mom says:

    Ladies, thank you for your comments on Q 9. I love the Romans 8:3 verse you found. When I was working on this, I continued to read in John 8 and found a few other related passages. Jesus was speaking to the Jews in the Temple area and in John 8:23 He says that you will die in your sins if you do not believe that I am the One I claim to be. In verse 31, He told them that if you hold to my teachings, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free, and in verse 36, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Jesus is so trying to tell them who He is and what His purpose is, but they don’t seem to get it — kinda like these days, too.

    Thanks, Wendy, for the opportunity to dig a little deeper and see how many times and ways Jesus tries to proclaim His message.

    • I love how our homework verses took you to other verses. That is the beauty of God’s Living and Active Word…always speaking to us and teaching us new things. I am amazed at all the Lord is doing through you ladies to deepen this study WAY beyond the book of Hebrews.

      Blessings,

      W

  56. Hi Girls,

    As my Wendy week goes from wednesday till wednessday I am now with question 7..

    Sometimes I do try to imagine what Jesus went trough.
    We can be so upset with sin we did or with sin that was done to us.
    It can involve such a sad part of our lives.
    And then we are just only trying to bear that one particular thing and… we cann’t. Not without His grace!

    And then Jesus… he bore all sin ever done or been done to from all history and all sin yet to be done. God laid it on His shoulders for those hours. And God couldnt stand the sight of it and abandond Him. Girls even with our own struggles that one tiny piece we are still never abandoned by God!

    In Isaih 53:10a it even says that it was Gods WILL to crush Him, Him the apple of His eye!
    10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,

    What a pain for Jesus but also for Almighty God too! What a suffering on behalf of God and for whom…. for us so that we would never have to suffer that way!

    And now with our struggles He says… come to Me, Ha gladly takes over our struggle with sin.

    It has been said before but I dont know if I would have choosen for Him if I lived in His time.
    I probably would have joined the people shouting for His death.
    And even now with my life I add to the pain He bore.

    And still He says all these wonderfull things about me and wants me to enjoy life to the fullest.

    I cannot begin to comprehent all of this.
    What an awesome God!

    I love you Jesus from the bottom of my heart
    Thank you for bearing my sin and for lifting to load of things done to me.
    Help me to daily bring it at your feet and leave it there.
    For I am not able to carry the load of my own sin by myself.
    But I know You are strong and you already carried it away at the cross.

    And thank You Father that it was Your will to crush Him under all of it so I could life!
    Thank you Jesus for living a life without sin so you had power over death and rose again.
    Thank you that you are now pleading for me at the fathers trhrone.
    Everytime Satan tries to point at my sin You stand between him and God and tell God I have paid for Wendelijn’s sin, she is mine!

    Ow Lord I am in awe!
    Thank YOU

    Wendelijn

    • Wendelijn, your prayer should be put to music. Beautiful. I think this is your own personal song of Psalms. :)

    • Wen, I agree with Yanna :) I had the same shocking revelation about Jesus’ time of separation from God that you wrote about. For us, once we leave our bodies, we will be present with the Lord. But our Jesus actually had to endure true separation. I don’t think I’ve ever truly grieved that thought before. From God’s perspective He was separated from His Child… I cannot comprehend the mourning from a Father’s perspective. And for His Son… to endure this… for US… each of us individually… even though we were shouting for His persecution.

      This NEEDS to be a life-changer for me. Quite honestly, I get so upset when people offend me- and many times they don’t even mean to! I have so, so many faults of my own, but I find myself wanting to point my fingers at others. Jesus was blemish free- even with all of His temptations (and His temptations were far greater than any I’ve had to endure)… and He willingly submitted to God’s will because of you and me.

      Wendy’s cross reference of Hebrews 5:2 brought a lightbulb moment to me: “And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses.”

      I have a new outlook to the “ignorant and wayward” people in my life.

      I am going to sit in this truth and praise God with my off-key voice today!

      Love you Wendy… Love you sisters!

      xoxo

    • Wow, this is just so beautiful, Wen. Thank you for blessing us with this prayer and so beautifully modeling prayer for us.

      Love,

      W

  57. Goodmorning ladies, sisters. :) I am unable to attend my home church this morning so I spent the morning finishing Hebrews 2 with Wendy’s lesson. (thank you Wendy)

    Two thoughts I want to share with you I had as I studied.

    There is a little song we teach our children at our church, some may know it. I sang it for question 10. “God is our Father, and Jesus is my brother, and the Blessed Holy Spirit is my guide, the devil’s no relation for I’m a new creation I’m a member of the family of God”. I attend an acapella church and we sing this in one key and on the last God we raise the key and sing it faster and faster. :)

    Wendy, I was so moved by your lesson this week. Thank you. I really liked the last thought you shared with us that Angels are here to serve us, Jesus is here to help us and comes at our cry. Lovely thought. I have an index of scripture cards I pray. A section of the cards is scripture that praises and thanks God for Who He is. Here is one I pray.

    “I thank You. For You are the LORD my God, who takes hold of my right hand and says to me; “Do not fear I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

    For the sisters who are a bit new to studying God’s Word. I loved it when I discovered when the word LORD is in capital letters it means a combination of God and His Son. Almost like saying God/God where Lord in small case is Jesus. A heart moment. Also I have not researched it but there is an uplifting quote going around there are 365 scriptures for Fear in the Bible one for each day of the year.

    I am loving all of you, praying for all of you. Thank you Wendy for leading us in this study. I continue to lift you up in prayer. Father fill Wendy’s days with laughter and her lips with shouts of joy (Job 8:20) so that she may see you and be blessed. Watch over her family, and friends, give her peace in her home and good sleep at night. I thank You LORD for opening her eyes and her mind so that we may understand more about Who You Are and the love You have for each of us. LORD help me to share what I am learning, to feast upon Your Word, and bring You glory in all that I do, and think. In Jesus Name I pray and praise. Amen

  58. Wendy, question #7 should be 1 Peter. question #9 not sure about John 8:3….you do a wonderful job considering you have a life ourtside of being our teacher. I just knew from previous comments you like to go back and correct typos so future generations on the interenet will have the correct addresses. So excited about week 3 I am caught up!!!

    • Hi Yanna,

      Thank you for your corrections. I corrected them on the web site post earlier in the week. The John 8:3 should be Romans 8:3.

      Always enjoy the thoughts you share with us!! You are truly a blessing to this study as you share what the Lord teaches you and where He leads you.

      Blessings,

      wendy

      • Thank you Wendy for the warm fuzzies. I am so thankful we have a teacher who is on top of her gift/game. I will print my homework from the web site this week. :)

  59. Hey Ladies,
    I’ve been out of pocket for over a week, my husband has been in the hospital, and we are just catching our breath! Please pray for him and for me as he struggles with circulatory problems in his leg. We have home/health coming now and can I tell you what a blessing they are?!
    I am working to catch up, but I realized this morning as I was working…Wendy has set this up so that we can catch up at anytime! THANK YOU WENDY!
    Anyway, Hope to be back on track with yall soon.
    Much love,
    Carol

    • Dear Lord,

      We come before you with Carol and her husband who just came home from hospitol.
      Please Lord will you lay Your healing hand on His leg so that all problems and pains will be solved and healed. That it will be a miracle pointing to You!

      Help Carol with all the extra things that come along with these situations and give her time to spend with you and catch up with this study.

      In Jesus name we humbly ask!

      Amen

      With Love,

      Wendelijn

    • Father cover Carol and her husband with Your feathers, and under Your wings give them refuge as they go through this time of trial in their lives. I thank You Father that You go before us with Your faithfulness as a shield and a rampart during our journey on earth. At this time, Carol and her husband need Your shield and rampart against all worries. Thank You for all You provide. The doctor’s, the hospitals, the medical knowledge, as well as the home health care staff that is coming to care for him. I know this has been such a blessing and releif for Carol. I thank You that she has stopped and taken the time to be in Your Word, and find encouragement, truth, and love that never fails. I am thankful Carol asked us to pray, hear our prayers for her and her husband and give him healing.. In Jesus Name I pray and praise. Amen (Psalm 91:4)

    • Praying the Lord will touch your husband’s legs with His healing Hand. Praying God will help you carve out precious time alone with Him to sit in His Word. May that time refresh and encourage you and grow you deeper in the knowledge of God. We are so excited to have you! I am so thankful the convenience of this on-line study is meeting your need right now to be in Word.

      Blessings,

      W

  60. Lakeisha Bing says:

    I don’t comment much but I just had to say “Thank You” Wendy. I appreciate the time you put in our study and I pray that your heart stays encouraged and strengthened! This study is truly blessing me and I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity. All the women here are so sweet and you all bless my heart. Praying for each one of us as we journey through the Word of God our Bread of Life. Again Thank You Wendy!!!!

    Blessings & Hugs!

    • Hi sweet Lakeisha,

      I am so thankful you took a moment to comment. We are so excited to have you! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. It is truly my JOY to walk alongside you girls and study the book of Hebrews. I am learning so much from each of you. It is a wonderful fellowship of women who pour out love, knowledge, and prayers on one another. Please check back with us again!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  61. Robin from VA says:

    Thank you God for allowing me to complete the second week of the study!!!! My prayer for this week to stay focused on the next task I need to complete and not get sidetracked. I am also praying for direction in my life. I feel very stuck in my life right now. I feel I am supposed to be doing something more, but I can’t seem to get everything done that I am doing right now. No matter how much I accomplish in a day, there is always one more thing that needs to be done. God please guide me and help me to follow the desires you have placed in my heart. Looking forward to week 3 of the Hebrews study.

  62. Just finished Chapter 2 today. I think it is amazing how this study goes with our sermons at church.
    Christ has spoken to me about how I have not trusted him fully when I am going through suffering.(1 Peter 2:23) and also I need to follow what Christ would want in my life and wait on him to show me what to do. I tend to want to do things myself. Hebrews 8:7. When I do this I am not able to walk according to the Spirit. Last week I didn’t feel free and I didn’t have complete peace about some things. I know its because I don’t let go of the things that I want control over. Thanks be to Christ because he paid the price and I have inherited blessings, and I am an heir. He was like us and understands because he suffered and he felt anguish and was also tempted like us. He was also made weak and can sympathize with us. I thank him and I am so grateful for his goodness and patience with me, I can be such a wandering lamb sometimes. :(

  63. I thought I will just add a thought here. As I am slow as always something only dawned on me today. In Hebrews 2:1 in the Afrikaans translation the listen carefully is translated as “grabbing” like grabbing hold of something to prevent drowning or really drifting into a life threatening situation. This stresses the urgency of the situation if we do not “cling” to the Word for dear life.

    • Love this “grabbing” word…it is such a picture of what God calls us to do!!! Thank you for sharing.

      W

    • I love this too Una, and as I took down what you said in my journal it dawned on me Heaven will be so much fun! We will all just sit around and talk about God, like we are in this study. From all over the world, all languages, all nations, all people, one with God and in God. Smiling and happy to be His as His children.

      Thank you WendyB for this study to give me a glimpse of Gloryland.

      Be blessed and full of joy!
      Yanna

  64. Running bit behind again. Just wanted to say I loved last bit if the study thinking about my own weaknesses and needs and then matching up these with the list of Jesus’ names to remind me how He is the answer the PERFECT High Priest who stands for me! Thank you precious Jesus for being our all in all.

  65. Answers for Hebrews 2

    1. a) earnest heed, paying more careful attention
    b) Absolute, totally committed
    c)My attention to the Word gets easily distracted by loads of work commitments. Dear Lord, help me overcome this problem in Jesus name
    2. a) Warning is to pay attention lest we drift away. Yes!
    b)Distractions, overcommitment to other things, mismanagement of time, so much leisure and pleasure
    c)Christian Jews
    3 God still performs great miracles and wonders
    4 a) Yes
    b) His witnesses
    c)Many people are spreading the Gospel, thus people are turning to Christ
    d) Great miracles that God has performed in my life proves His word is true and that his word will never fail me
    e)Practically apply His word daily and share the Good news about Christ
    5. Ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit Salvation. It is comforting to know this truth, that God sends his angels to look after us in accordance to the will of God.
    6. a) Psalms 8
    b) Authority
    c) No
    d) Disobedience, idolatry and isolation from God
    e) Jesus Christ, because He suffered death for everyman
    7. a) Jesus’ death means the redemption of sins – I have been redeemed from the powers of darkness and received life in abundance through Jesus Christ. Now I have been brought into God’s glory as a daughter and co-heir to the throne.
    b) There is no clear argument than the fact – Jesus was chosen to suffer death because through Him we would receive salvation – the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
    8. a) We have been made right with God through Jesus Christ
    b) God loves me but hates sin, which is what causes me to do things that are contrary to His will.
    9. Jesus, as a son of man, a mere man, had to feel suffering and death so that he may be resurrected through the power of God the Father and that evil is broken.
    God has already set me free from the power of death through Jesus Christ. He had to live among us to prove he was God-sent, the Messiah, Jesus Christ – this was well proven through miracles and wonders, confronting the devil as a human being and break its powers.
    10. Through our faith in Jesus, we have become descendants of Abraham as Jesus is also, having being born into that line of descent.
    11. a) merciful and Faithful
    b) He has been made lower than the angels but now raised at the right hand throne of God to intercede for us. That makes him the perfect High Priest.

  66. What version of the Bible are you using? I have NIV and I would like to use the same one as you for this study.
    Thank you,
    Laurie

    • I use New Living Translation and the NIV, depending upon which one fits what I am talking about. If I use another translation other than those two, I will try to let you know.

      W

  67. I’m ready for four I’m ready for four!! :)

  68. Thanks so very much for this study. I struggle with turning the day over to the Lord, however, I am learning alot through this study and allowing the Lord to take control of my LIFE for HIM. Pleae pray that I will be a vessal for the Lord each and every day of my life no matter what I am going through. Thanks and God Bless Teresa

  69. The remarkable accomplishments and honor bestowed on God’s servant Moses, who sacrificed immense worldly honor and fame to become a servant of God, demonstrating real servant leadership in action. The greatness of a nation depends on its responsiveness to God’s preachers. If a preacher fails in his responsibility, the nation goes down the drain. Although Moses was highly educated, he was very humble and meek, driving him continually to God for sustenance and power. God commends Moses for his trustworthiness and faithfulness, comparing him favorably with Jesus Christ, who always did things to please His Father. We need to emulate Moses, being faithful in using the gifts God has parceled out to us. After he was cast out of Egypt, he learned to be humble, reflective, and wise as he tended sheep in Midian. The combination of his life experience made him ready to lead a rebellious, complaining slave people. As God knew Moses, David and Jeremiah from the womb, God has also predestined us for a unique calling. As can be seen in the intricacies of a blueprint or schematic diagram, no part of God’s creation escapes His mind. We must emulate Moses in his faithfulness, doing our best with what God has given us, remembering that the road to leadership commences with humility and submissiveness, a virtual bond-slave to God. As God continually enabled Moses, God will always provide us what we need to succeed as long as we are faithful.

  70. cheri pomkenk says:

    I waited for this week to do chapter 4. It couldn’t come at a better time, I always get over whelmed and sad at this time of year, so this lesson and the bible verses so far are just what the SPIRIT ordered…especially Ps. 139:1-18! I pray more at this time for me and my loved ones to find that rest that Jesus brought and stay in it always! How are my sisters in Christ doing? Love to you all, and Merry Christmas! Cheri

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