Hebrews Chapter Three – Jesus Greater Than Moses
Good Morning sweet Bible study girls, I am so excited to meet you back here today!! Thank you for your faithfulness to comment throughout the week. We are learning so much from each other. It is cool to see and hear how God is sending many of you all over Scripture to enrich our study of Hebrews. I so appreciate the time and attention you are giving this study.
I am thankful for your help in ensuring all errors are corrected in the homework. Please continue to assist me in that area. As hard as I try, there always seems to be one or two that I miss. Also, when I get a correction, I do correct it in the post immediately. So be sure to check there first to see if it has been corrected. It will save you a bit of time.
This past week, we recorded the lesson that I taught here in Charlotte to send to a publisher who is considering publishing my Bible Study curriculum. (BTW – If the Lord brings it to mind, please be in prayer for that decision. Trusting God fully with it.) Since that recording is on Chapter 4, I thought I would post it next week for our Chapter 4 video lesson. So be prepared for a thirty minute teaching video rather than the usual 12-13 minute video. I hope you don’t mind the exta length. I will not do that very often, but I thought you might enjoy a full length teaching…especially for Chapter 4. It is such a rich and beautiful chapter on rest.
Okay, are you ready to dig in? Let’s begin. Click here to watch the video.
This Week’s Memory Verse: For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Hebrews 3:14.
This Week’s Prayer:
Father, as I begin a new week in my study of Hebrews, draw close to me. Enable me to hear Your voice and receive Your instruction. As I open Your Word, speak into my heart. Give me wisdom and discernment to know exactly what you want to teach me. As we study how the Israelites hardened their hearts against You, Father, I beg You to ensure that I never ever reach that place with You. Keep my heart tender to Your love. Fill me continually with Your presence so You never feel far away. Surround me with believers who will speak Truth in Love to me if I ever begin to wander. Set a guard around my heart and mind that I would never fall prey to the lies of the evil one. Keep watch over me day and night, Lord. I love You!!
Assignment: Read Hebrews Chapter Three
1. Why do you think the Israelites had such great reverance for Moses (hint: read Exodus 20)?
In this chapter, the author of Hebrews wants his audience to consider Jesus once again on the basis of everything He has just said in the last few chapters. It appears from his word choice in Hebrews 3:1 that he is probably speaking to the Jewish believers in his audience.
2. He continues verse 1 by calling his audience to ___________ their thoughts on Jesus. What two names does the author give Jesus in this verse?
3. The title “apostle” is from the Greek word apostolos and means “one sent forth.”
- How was Moses an apostle? What did God send him to to?
- How was Jesus an apostle? What did God send Him to do?
4. The author of Hebrews ends Hebrews 3:2 characterizing both Moses and Jesus as ___________________.
- How do we know Moses was faithful? (Numbers 12:7-8)? If you are familiar with the life of Moses, share a few ways Moses was faithful.
- How do we know Jesus was faithful (John 4:34, John 8:29, John 17:4)? Share evidence of Jesus faithfulness in Scripture and in your own life.
5. Read Hebrews 3:3-6. What word is repeated in all three verses?
- To what is the author referring when using this word? (See 2 Samuel 7 for a deeper understanding of this word).
- What distinction does the author make between Moses and Jesus when speaking of “the house?”
Friends, Moses was a faithful part of God’s house. But Jesus made the house. John 1:3 says, “Through Him [the Word, Jesus], all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” God alone created the house and to this day continues to build on that house with every life that comes to know and believe in His Son Jesus. Men and women, like Moses, like you and me, are the tools He uses to do the work in His house.
6. Read Hebrews 3:6.
- To what kind of life is the author calling those who are members of the household of faith?
- What does it mean to “hold on to our courage” or “hold fast to our confidence” and the hope of which we boast?
- Share some differences you would find between a woman who lives her life this way compared to one who lives her life with no confidence and no hope in the things of God?
- Which way do you live your life? Why?
- Do you know someone who lives without confidence and without hope? Will you commit this week to share a word of encouragement with him or her? Share with us how God used your boldness.
7. In Hebrews 3:7-19, the author issues his second warning. Remember his first warning was against drifting found in Hebrews 2:1-4. In this second warning, he cautions those in his audience who have accepted Christ intellectually but not with their whole heart of the danger of doubting and disbelieving God’s Word due to a hardness of heart.
- What is the basic warning here and from where does He qoute this warning?
- Reread Hebrews 3:7. Who is speaking in this passage? Why do you suppose he introduced this passage of Scripture this way?
- Hebrews 3:8-11 refers to a specific incident in Exodus Chapter 17. Read Exodus 17:1-7. What sin did the Israelites commit? List the reasons you find in Hebrews 3:8-11 for God’s displeaure with them.
- Read Hebrews 3:11. What was the consequence for their disobedience?
8. The author of Hebrews makes his warning very clear in Hebrews 3:12. Read the verse and write it in your own words.
**If you would like to go a bit deeper and have the time Read Numbers Chapter 13 and 14:1-25.**
- In Chapter 13, what assignment did Moses give the men?
- What was the scouting report from the majority of the men? What about Caleb?
- In Chapter 14, what was the people’s response?
- How did Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb respond to the people?
- Share what happened to Joshua and Caleb.
- At the end of Chapter 14, how did God respond? What punishment did he exact against His people in Numbers 14:20-23?
- How did God reward Caleb for His faithfulness?
9. Sisters, because of their unbelief, an entire generation of God’s people missed their inheritance and died in the wilderness. According to Hebrews 3:13, how can we avoid this same hardness of heart.
- Read 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5. Share what you learn.
- Do you have a community of believers around you? If you do, will you take time to praise God for them and pray for them today. Maybe you might even consider sending them a text, e-mail, or note of thanks to let them know how they have blessed your life.
- If you do not have a circle of encouragers, pray for the Lord to bring them in your life. And by the way, being in this study is a GREAT first start!!
10. Reread our memory verse Hebrews 3:14.
- What does the author of Hebrews say we must do to share in all that belongs to Christ?
- What does it look like to be faithful to the end?
- How can we practically live this faithful walk with Christ (hint: John 8:31, John 15:5). Are you currently doing this in your life?
11. Again the author reminds his audience in verse 15 to harden not their hearts. He desperately wants the people in his audience who have fallen away to turn back to God. He wants them to experience God’s blessings. Like his audience we too need to realize the incredibly great blessings God has prepared for those who love Him. If you would like to know more about these blessings, read Ephesians 1:13-14.
But his audience was not able to receive all that was theirs because they lacked one thing.
- What did they lack (Hebrews 3:19)?
- What is faith (see Hebrews 11:1)?
12. Friends, each one of us has times when we behave like the Israelites in the wilderness…times we harden our hearts. Hopefully they are momentary and not continuous acts of rebellion.
- When we find ourselves in this place of drifting or negecting or doubting, what can we do to align our hearts with Christ and bring ourselves back into a healthy, vibrant relationship with Christ?
- What protections can we put in place in our lives to protect against drifting/doubting/disbelieving?
This lesson is such a powerful one. When we cannot see or feel God, we may be tempted to give up on God or to harden our hearts as the Israelites did. We may stop believing the Truth we know and begin believing lies. The great new is that we can protect against this. But the burden is on us. It is our responsibility to keep our hearts tender through repentance, to gain encouragement through fellowship, to gain strength and faith through the study of His Word, and to gain Holy Spirit power through quiet time and prayer.
Please keep your comments coming. I am amazed at how much we are learning from each other. God is powerfully at work in our midst, and I LOVE it!!!
Blessings to you,