- God made the world and the
world to come (the worlds; the ages) for Jesus to be the heir of all
things. This took place before man was created.
- Jesus is the living example
and expressed nature, character, and will of God.
- God anointed Jesus over His
- God laid the foundation of
- To minister to the saints.
- The writer is showing that
God is the one in control and He has chosen the Son to rule the kingdom.
The angels did not rise to that level but do have a ministering duty to
- Since Jesus is greater than
the angels we must give greater heed and obedience to the word we have
heard. It affects our salvation.
- Man is a little lower than
- a. How to overcome death. b.
By Jesus' death, it is possible for us to die and then live again.
- Everything is for God and by
- Jesus is the captain of our
- Not only did He defeat Satan
and overcome death but He became a merciful mediator and aid to us in time
of our temptations.
- a. Moses led the house of
the Israelites. b. Jesus leads the house of both Jews and Gentiles who
believe in Him. c. God built both houses. d. Moses was a servant to God in
his house. Jesus was given ownership and became king of His house.
- We must maintain our faith
and hope in the gospel firm to the end of our life.
- We are warned not to depart
from God as Israel
did when they stopped trusting and obeying Him and fell into sin.
- Through being deceived by
sin, we seek its temporary pleasures and "rewards." We
eventually turn away from God and righteousness and purity.
- "Today" is now, in
our lifetime. When we hear the word of God and are exhorted by other
believers, we must heed the word and be obedient to it turning away from
sin and to trusting in God.
- Belief is trust and
confidence in God. This leads to obeying Him. Therefore, belief means to
obey (vs. 18 &19). Belief only exists if we obey Him.
- The rest from their works and
deeds of life as they strived to please God and do His will. This rest
will be in the next age to come.
- By believing and trusting in
God we will be obedient to God. Then we will enter His rest.
- The Word is in us and will
guide us. We are a living example of the word. Obedience to the Word will
affect our soul and spirit. The word also reveals our condition.
- Jesus was tempted, as we are
and remained sinless. We can draw on His purity for strength in our
temptations and His mercy and grace when we fall.
- He was not of the order of
the Levites. Jesus was of the tribe of Judah.
- Jesus taught us by word and
example. As He learned obedience to God and dwells in eternal life, we too
must follow His example of obedience to God.
- They had much to teach about
Jesus and His teachings.
- They have exercised their
senses to God's will and spiritually matured in discerning good and evil.
- a. Yes. b. They didn’t
exercise their senses in righteousness. Their root died and they fall
away. c. They have once before repented but now choose to turn away from
their faith in Jesus. They will have to repent on their own because they
know the Word and what they are doing. c. They have rejected Jesus as the
Jews did before. People will see you have fallen away not living as a
believer bringing open shame to Jesus.
- They are useless and
abandoned by God. Their end is to be burned (vs. 8).
- To be diligent to the end in
doing the things God's Spirit dictates so they may have full assurance of
salvation (vs. 11).
- Those who are faithful and
patient in doing the will of God.
- The promise and oath of God
concerning our blessing through Jesus and our eternal rest to come. God
can not lie.
- This showed that the Jews
paid tithe to a non-Levite priest. Now, Jesus is the non-Levite priest
(vs. 14). As they accepted Melchizedek, they are to accept and pay tribute
to Jesus also.
- The law could not make
complete reconciliation to God nor could it change their hearts.
- Jesus lives and His
priesthood is forever, a continual sacrifice for our sins.
- It was a shadow, a copy, or a
hint of the true heavenly tabernacle and the worship of God.
- We can live forever; we have
the purest sacrifice in Jesus and a High Priest who won’t die
(7:22-23). We can approach God ourselves.
- He sent His Holy Spirit upon
- He will forgive us (those who
are truly repentant) of our sins.
- He became the everlasting
sacrifice of redemption. The sacrificing of animals and the rituals of the
law were done away with.
- We are the temple of the Lord
now (1 Cor. 3:16). God dwells in us by His Spirit. We worship and approach
God directly (spiritually) in our hearts and minds.
- Like a last will and
testament that doesn’t go into effect until the person dies so also
the new covenant did not go into effect until Jesus died.
- The heavenly sanctuary
required a more pure sacrifice than the earthly tabernacle.
- We have a pure High Priest
in Jesus and full evidence of atonement. His blood completely cleanses us.
If we need atonement for sin we just ask for it. "Conscience"
here means that one would have no apprehension of future wrath
- God was not satisfied with
sacrifice after sacrifice. The blood of bulls and goats could not
reconcile us to God. Jesus the sinless sacrifice completely reconciled us
to God once and forever.
- We no longer have to
sacrifice animals which bring death but enter the presence of God
spiritually through the sacrifice of Jesus which brings life.
- There is a fearful and
dreadful punishment awaiting those who draw back. They will not receive
the promise of eternal life.
- Paul (vs. 34).
- After enduring trials to the
end and doing the will of God. The promise encourages us as we endure our
- Drawing back means to
forsake God, renounce your religion, and your faith in Him.
- They will face perdition and
the destruction of their souls. This also happened with the angels who
turned from God. They now face calamity and darkness forever. Adam too was
blessed until he sinned. Now all mankind face death and corruption.
- We must have faith in God
and diligently seek Him.
- Those who diligently seek
- A better resurrection
– the heavenly homeland which is eternal life in heaven.
- They will receive the
promise of the homeland, the rest, and eternal life with us. (Their souls
are asleep, waiting for the day of resurrection.)
- We should follow their
example. We practice our faith, endure trials and persecutions, and keep
our hope in the promise of resurrection and eternal life.
- Jesus is our example for our
faith from beginning to end.
- He chastens us to correct
- We become legitimate
children of God partakers of His holiness producing the fruit of
righteousness which will lead to eternal life.
- Pursue peace with all and
holiness unto God.
- We must be careful not to
fall short of the grace of God through bitterness or sin.
- As Esau could not regain his
birthright and inherit the blessing we too will forfeit our inheritance
and promise of eternal life.
- Through His grace we can
communicate with God in His heavenly tabernacle no longer in fear as they
did before on the mountain.
- We should serve Him
acceptably (pursue peace and holiness) with reverence and with godly fear.
- The stranger may be one who
is a child of God here and who will be an angel afterwards at the
resurrection. Brotherly love should be practiced to those we know and
those we may not know. The other explanation is to take it literally that
it refers to angels that God sends to test us or influence us.
- The Gospel of Christ and the
way to heaven is unchangeable. Do not listen to strange doctrines (vs. 9).
- The sacrifice of prayer,
praise, of doing good works, and giving thanks. These are offerings that
- God makes us fully ready for
every good work and His will through His Spirit. He chastens us to correct
us and reveals His wisdom when we seek it.