Shallowford Free Will Baptist
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
For the Glory of Christ Alone

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We are beginning a study in the Book of Hebrews on Wednesday Evening. The Book of Hebrews is written to Jewish converts to Christ in the first century A.D. They have a distinct knowledge and background of faith because God called Abraham and developed a nation from his descendants. The Bible reveals this story in the book of Genesis. God made a covenant with Abraham that passed to his descendants by birthright and by faith. Isaac is the chosen son of Abraham. Then Jacob is Isaac's chosen seed through whom the covenant and blessings with flow. Jacob has twelve sons, and from these the Nation of Israel descends. While Joseph is the favored son, it is Judah through whom the royal linage of the Messiah will come. Genesis ends with the descendants of Jacob in Egypt. God allows the family of Jacob to remain in Egypt until the number reaches a point of becoming a nation. God calls Moses to lead the seed of Abraham out of Egypt and toward the land promised to Abraham. The first stage of the journey ends at Mt. Sinai where God gives the Covenant of the Law. The law has three facets. The moral law or ten commandments; the ceremonial law or worship system; and, the civil law to guide them in social relationships. Moses governs the nation for forty years during the penalty of the wilderness wandering. God raises up a new leader, Joshua, to lead the nation in conquest of the land promised to Abraham. Israel conquers the land and resides as a powerful nation. During this period the nation is led by Judges and then by Kings. God renews His covenant with king David and promises a ruler from the seed of David who will rule forever. In 722BC, God takes the northern Kingdom of Samaria into Assyrian captivity because of idolatry. The southern kingdom of Judah will continue until 586BC when God allows the Babylonian Kingdom to take it into captivity. At the end of the seventy year period of judgment, God allows a remnant of Jews to return and rebuild the nation again. Almost five centuries later, God sends His Son into the world. The promise of God to Abraham and to David, and the nation as a whole fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Now note how the Book of Hebrews begins. "God who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, who He has appointed heir of all things, trough whom He made the worlds;" God spoke to the Jewish people by the prophets. He verbally gave the Law to Moses. God wrote the tablets with His own finger. God used messengers (angels) to deliver His word. God moved upon Holy Men with the power of the Holy Spirit who under God's divine hand wrote books in the Old Testament. Hence, God uses various ways to reveal the message of the Scriptures to men. All of these methods the Jews were very familiar with. God gave His word almost exclusively to the Jewish people. They were chosen and favored above all people of the world. Then comes the now, in the last days, God has spoken through His Son. The words and message, and every event of the Life of Jesus Christ is God revealing Himself to a fallen world. The message is loud and clear, Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. His death on the cross is a once for all perfect sacrifice. There is no other provision for salvation. To believe in Him is to be saved. To reject Him is to be eternally doomed and lost The great danger the Hebrew believers are faced with is a desire to leave Christ and go back to the historical tenets of Judaism. The writer of Hebrews will systematically lay out a case that leaving Christ would be leaving Better for the inferior. So, the book argues that Jesus Christ is superior to everything the Jews would desire to return to. To be continued.... Pastor Ron