Synopsis and Homework Week 11

A mentor taught me that prayer is a “wartime walkie-talkie”, not a bell to ring for the butler. I’m not calling to have my pillow fluffed, I’m asking my Leader, my General, my King instructions for battle. We have already drawn the battle lines in previous chapters. Our battle is against unbelief. We fight to trust. We meditate and pay much closer attention to the Word to believe what it says; to trust in the promises.

The greater our trust, the greater our confidence. The greater our confidence, the more we find ourselves before the Throne of Grace. The more we find ourselves before the Throne of Grace, the more help we receive to fight the battle. The pattern is clear. We don’t strive to do, we strive to believe. The doing comes from resting in the promises.

My help comes from a sympathetic High Priest. I am understood. My leader has been tested in every way that I am tested. I fail often, He never fails. Yet He has pity on me. I don’t arrive to find a mostly annoyed perfectionist when in need of help. I always find the perfect source of help. So, I come with confidence.


Read Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus earthly ministry began with testing. It is the plan from the beginning. Being fully human (and also fully divine) there must be proof that Jesus is the sinless once for all sacrifice for the sin of the world. Notice that the first thing Jesus did, before the accuser was engaged, was fasted and prayed for forty days.


The detail of Jesus’ prayer and fasting is not stated in Scripture. However, based on what we have been encouraged to do by the author of Hebrews, what do you think the focus of Jesus’ prayer was to the Father in those forty days?


What did Jesus use to do battle with his accuser?



Teaching Outline Week 11

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)


Have Confidence

Hebrews 4:14-5:3 


There are two very important pictures of Jesus in the context of our verses;

Hebrews 4:14 through 5:3:

First picture is our Reigning King: (Not the main picture)

Throne of Grace –

The Kingdom is established on Grace. (verse 16b)

We all need help but we don’t deserve help.

We need to be pitied, have mercy and grace extended to us.

The main picture is our Sympathetic High Priest:

Jesus is compared to OT Israel Priesthood. (No modern day example is correct)

We need to know the OT in order to fully know our relationship with Jesus. (5:1-3)

As our High Priest: (4:15)

–          Tempted exactly as we are

–          Never gave in, never sinned, endured to the end

–          Understands weakness


Draw near…(vs16)

Jesus is sympathetic toward you

Hold fast…(vs14b)

Jesus is alive and in God’s presence, forevermore.


We need to strip ourselves of self-confidence:

Superman/Superwoman aren’t real

We need to stop drowning in leisure and sensual pleasures

Finding temporary escape

We need not be paralyzed

Sitting in dark depression

We have complete help now and forever

This is the whole point of the Old and New Testaments. God planned for a High Priest, a Savior, a Redeemer, a gracious Helper.