Hebrews, Part 20

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 1, 2015

  • Hebrews 13:4-25
  • Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage according to God’s law is an honorable thing.
  • Hebrews 13:5 – Be content with what you have. God has promised to never leave or forsake those who follow Him.  See Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5.
  • Hebrews 13:6 – This is a reference to Psalms 118:6. We must never fear man more than God.
  • Hebrews 13:7-9 – They (and we, by extension) were to remember those who lead them and imitate their faith because God has not changed. Therefore, don’t be distracted with new doctrines that arise.
  • Hebrews 13:12 – Jesus’ sacrifice was outside of the Old Law – thus He suffered outside the gate. We must go to Him to worship properly – we can’t try to stay inside the gate and still worship Him correctly.  We must recognize that the Old Law is in the past.
  • Hebrews 13:15 – This verse is sometimes used to teach against instrumental music, but it is not really talking about that. It is broader than that – it is talking about our speech.
  • Hebrews 13:16 – The sacrifice God wants is for us to do good and share with others.
  • Hebrews 13:17 – Obey the elders of the congregation, but not to the point that you go against God.
  • Hebrews 13:21 – This is what the Holy Spirit wished for them and also for us: to be equipped in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ.
  • The purpose of this book was to forestay further apostasy by showing how the new covenant is superior to the old.

Hebrews, Part 19

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 25, 2015

  • Hebrews 12:24-13:3
  • Hebrews 12:24 – See Hebrews 9:18-21.
  • Hebrews 12:25 – Do not refuse He who is speaking – God! See Hebrews 1:1-2.
  • Hebrews 12:26 – God will shake all created things, leaving only that which cannot be shaken.
  • Hebrews 13:1 – See I John 4:20; 5:1; John 13:35; Matthew 22:37-38. We must love our brethren.  That includes making every effort to get along with each other!
  • Hebrews 13:3 – Remember those who have been imprisoned for Christ’s sake.

Hebrews, Part 18

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 18, 2015

  • Hebrews 12:5-24
  • Hebrews 12:8 – If your father does not discipline you when necessary, he is treating you as though you are no son at all.
  • Hebrews 12:11 – See also I Corinthians 11:32.
  • Hebrews 12:14 – We are to be at peace with all men, but not to the point of disobeying God. See Acts 4:29; 5:19.  Peace based upon error is much worse than strife based on truth.
  • Hebrews 12:15 – See Jeremiah 48:10. We must do the work of the Lord diligently.
  • Hebrews 12:16 – If we put earthly things ahead of God, we are acting even more foolishly than Esau in selling his birthright for food.

Hebrews, Part 17

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 11, 2015

  • Hebrews 11:32-12:6
  • Hebrews 11:39 – These faithful people did not receive approval from men but from God. They died looking forward to the promise of the coming of Christ.
  • Hebrews 12:1 – The great cloud of witnesses is the many faithful people mentioned in Hebrews 11. See also I Corinthians 9:25-27.
  • Hebrews 12:2 – Jesus is the beginner and “ender” of our faith. It is difficult for us to even imagine the physical, mental, and emotional pain Jesus endured on the cross.
  • Hebrews 12:5-6 – God disciplines and corrects us now through His word.

Hebrews, Part 16

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 4, 2015

  • Hebrews 11:17-31
  • Hebrews 11:17 – Isaac was not Abraham’s only son – there was also Ishmael. “Only begotten son” here is referring to the preeminent position.  Isaac was the only son Abraham had by Sarah, so in that sense he was the only son begotten of that relationship.
  • Hebrews 11:21 – See Genesis 48.
  • Hebrews 11:23 – See Exodus 2.

Hebrews, Part 15

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 28, 2014

  • Hebrews 11:5-16
  • Hebrews 11:12 – See Romans 4:19-21. Abraham did not allow his own age to weaken his faith.

Hebrews, Part 14

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Hebrews, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 14, 2014

  • Hebrews 10:19-31
  • Hebrews 10:22 – Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can now stand before God with a clear conscience.
  • Hebrews 10:24 – See Colossians 3:16. We must encourage each other.
  • Hebrews 10:25 – Paul was encouraging the brethren to cling to the new covenant and not slip back to the old covenant. This may also be referencing the coming destruction of Jerusalem as “the day drawing near.”

Hebrews, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 7, 2014

  • Hebrews 9:27-10:21
  • Hebrews 9:27 – How did Jesus bear the sins of many? See II Corinthians 5:21.  Jesus bore the sacrifice for our sins to the altar.
  • Hebrews 10:1 – The old law was only a shadow of the good things to come.
  • Hebrews 10:3-4 – Under the old law, the people were charged with their old sins again each year. The sacrifice of bulls and goats was not sufficient to fully atone for their sins.  It was only Christ’s death that finally took away the sins in God’s eyes.  See Ephesians 1:3-4.
  • Hebrews 10:9-10 – In the old days, the custom was to take written laws that had been canceled and nail them up in a public place. This is the sense in which Jesus nailed the old law to the cross.

Hebrews, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 30, 2014

  • Hebrews 9:15-25
  • Hebrews 9:15-22 – Differences between a testament and a covenant: Some translations use confusing terminology here, but this is clearly describing a covenant and not a testament in the sense of a “last will and testament.”
  • Hebrews 9:16 – Diatithemai (διατίθημι): testator or appointed?
    • Luke 22:29; Acts 3:25; Hebrews 8:10; 10:16
  • A covenant was always made by blood sacrifice.
    • Psalm 50:5; Jeremiah 34:18; Zechariah 9:11