Hebrews Chapter Two - A First Warning
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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
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…..
All in All
Author and Finisher of our Faith
Bread of Life
Lamb of God
Light of the World
Prince of Peace
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!