Before we consider any details in this study of Hebrews, let’s do an overview. The previous blog writing of Hebrews 1: 1-14 introduced us to who Jesus is in truth and reality. This should have pulled us in with the desire to know Jesus more. Now, let’s get an overview so we have an idea of what we will be studying.
This letter to the Hebrews is to Jewish Christians. Therefore, it assumes that those who read it are well acquainted with the Old Testament and now have found Jesus to be their manifested promised Messiah. They know about the promise given to Abraham about the Messiah coming from his descendants. They know that higher beings called “angels” come from God in heaven to bring them messages of importance. They know how God worked through Moses to deliver the Hebrews from Egypt. They know that the law of Moses and the temple/tabernacle brought them into the presence of God. They know how God spoke through the Prophets.
Here, in Hebrews, we learn how Jesus is so much greater and superior than all of these!
Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Son of God, the glorious presence and perfect image of God in human form, the One who is given authority in all heaven and earth, the King of Kings who will come again to reign. He is worthy of all our trust and devotion.
Hebrews 1:1 through 10:18 explain how Jesus is supreme over the angels and the Old Testament words spoken through the prophets (chapters 1-2), the Law of Moses (chapters 3-4), the Temple and its priests (chapters 5-7) and the sacrifices (chapters 8-10). If violation of these old covenants brought condemnation, then how much more should we pay attention to Jesus, the Son of God, and so great a salvation! The Father has now confirmed His Word through His only begotten Son!
There is a turning point in Hebrews 10:19. With the foundation of the earlier chapters revealing Jesus is the Messiah, encouragement is now given to persevere with faith in Jesus…even through great persecution! Remember that Christians were being chased down and killed, especially those who had converted from the Jewish religion.
In Hebrews 11, we are reminded that faith in God has always been required. We are also to live by our faith in Jesus. We are to separate ourselves from everything that might obstruct our faith and trust in Him. If we are falling away from God or encounter an obstacle, God will be faithful to us and help us in warnings, discipline, correction and instruction, and strength.
Do not drift away. Listen to Him. Reverence Him. Keep a loving faithful relationship with God. Also have loving relationships with others. Endure and hold fast to faith in Jesus who is the hope and reward, the true Messiah and fulfillment of the covenant with God!
This is the overview of the gospel/good news to the Hebrews!