Teaching Outline Week 22

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)

Commentary

Power in the Blood

Hebrews 9:15-26 

Outline 

Review of the New Covenant:

Hebrews 8:10-12

Christ’s role in the New Covenant: (verse 15)

Mediator

Called will inherit the promises because of Christ

Christ’s Blood is the atonement and guarantee

New Covenant compared to a “Will” (verses 16-22)

It takes death to place in effect a “will”

The first covenant pointed to this covenant through sacrifices

Not open to negotiation (set by God, verse 20)

What actually happened when the New Covenant was placed in effect?

Heavenly places were cleansed (verse 23)

Cleansed on our behalf (verse 24)

Sinners are now welcome in heaven (verse 25)

Christ’s glory shines (verse 26)

LIFE APPLICATION:

No matter how dirty you feel, Christ’s Blood makes you fit for heaven and service.

 

Synopsis and Homework Week 21

This week our author details for us one of the brightest pictures for rejoicing in the entire book. The first portion of the picture shows the old. The Tabernacle frames the picture with its rooms and furnishings. Priests perform daily and once a year offerings and sacrifices. This portion of the picture reflects a never ending need to be cleansed. It portrays the distance between God and His people. Worshippers stand on the outside peering in longing for clean consciences and an end of burdensome work. In “this present time” the picture, mostly black and white with deep shadows, points to a time of a new order, a time of reformation.

For the first time we see a splash of color. Light dawns the canvas and shadows disappear. The picture is now framed by Christ. The rooms and furnishings are obsolete. Daily performance is replaced by once-for-all. External things move inside; the law no longer part of cold stone but written on warm flesh. The blood of goats and bulls no longer flow. The Blood of the perfect Sacrifice touches the conscience of the worshipper and the conscience is made perfect. Now, without burden, the worshipper serves the Living God. God and His people are one.

This is the account of every believer’s history with God. The picture is glorious!

HOMEWORK:

Read 1 Peter 2:9-10

 

In verse 9 Peter calls all believers a Royal Priesthood. How does this fit with the picture of the worshipper with a conscience made perfect by the Blood of Christ in Hebrews 9:14?

 

In verse 9 Peter makes the statement that those who are called are to “proclaim the excellencies” of God. How does this fit with Hebrews 9:14 saying with a conscience made perfect we are ready to serve the Living God?

 

 

How does verse 10 fit with the picture painted by Hebrews 9:1-14 of the transition from the old covenant to the new covenant?

 

Teaching Outline Week 21

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)

Commentary

Lifelong Clean Conscience

Hebrews 9:1-14 

Outline 

Why the detailed history lesson? (verses 1-7)

What our author wants us to see about the Old period…

Verse 1: earthly sanctuary

Verse 2: outer place (Holy Place)

Verse 3-5:  inner place (Most Holy Place)

Verse 6: Priests daily work (outer place)

Verse 7: High Priest Atoning Work Once a Year (inner place)

How our author interprets utilizing time references:

Verse 8-9: this present time

Verses 10-14 : the time of reformation

This Present Time:

Limited Access to God

Clean on the outside (external worship)

Not clean on the inside (No perfect conscience)

“Dead Works” service toward God

Time of Reformation:

Redeemed Access to God

Clean on the inside (internal worship)

Outside reflecting the inside

Serving the Living God

 

LIFE APPLICATION:

Cleaning up your act so you can sleep at night does nothing.

A perfect conscience generates real and righteous service toward God.

Synopsis and Homework Week 20

To say that the New Covenant is established on “better” promises is like saying Niagara Falls is better than my garden hose. I know that the author of Hebrews is not making such a comment causally. I know from chapter one that our author realizes the majesty and glory of the Son of God. I know from chapters two through seven our author feels the Superiority of Jesus.

Sometimes I need to remind myself just how much better the promises of the New Covenant really are. Sometimes my idea of better isn’t what the author of Hebrews understands as better.

OK, so this is better…You are standing before God and He makes the promise; I will be your God, and you will be my child…forever. I am going to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. I am going to override your tendency of drifting away. I am going to write on your mind and heart so that you will be found faithful to the very end. And here’s the best part…Even though I am God and I know everything about you, in My courtroom I will not remember anything about you that doesn’t reflect My Son.

If that doesn’t find you singing at the top of your lungs this Easter Sunday, you still don’t understand “better”.

HOMEWORK:

Read your favorite Gospel passage to your family and celebrate!

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!

Teaching Outline Week 20

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)

Commentary

Jesus’ Ministry

Hebrews 8:6-13 

Outline 

Jesus – Mediator of a Better Covenant (verses 6-9)

Jesus’ ministry is to usher in a New Covenant (vs 6)

The New Covenant is founded on better promises (vs 7)

Old Covenant was a shadow (not faultless)

New Covenant is perfect Reality (faultless)

Move to verse 13…

The Old Covenant is now obsolete.

Remember from last lesson; a major change happened as the shadow was replaced with reality. Transformed from a “Come and see” to a “Go and tell” relationship.

Many things really did change.

Back to verses 10-11…

New Covenant promises described: (Verses 10-11)

God will write on your heart

God WILL BE your God

How the promises are possible: (verse 12)

Mercy toward your iniquities

Remember your sins no more

LIFE APPLICATION:

God is completely for you, so who can be against you?