HEBREWS STUDY QUESTIONS
My Sunday School Life Group is studying Hebrews. Every Monday, I post questions that were discussed the day before in Sunday School. I invite you to ponder/think about them and jot down your thoughts.
On Wednesdays, I post some of the ideas that came up in the Life Group's discussion for you to consider and compare with your thoughts.
Make yourself comfortable, this is most likely going to be a year-long experience.
These questions were discussed in my Life Group yesterday. Take time to reflect on them. I'll post thoughts from the class discussion on We
V3. Oops! What do we find out about human High Priests in this verse?
- They are sinners, too.
- They have no choice but to offer sacrifices for themselves and the people.
- They are subject to weakness.
Not really in verse 3, but . . . Human High Priests were called by God. Human High Priests were descendants of Aaron.
How did Christ become “High Priest?”
He was appointed by God. He was God's Son.
What does the quote of Psalms 2:7 mean?
Oddly, all I have written is "quote all of Psalm 2:7." Here it isI will declare the decree: the hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. (KJV) because of what follows. I know we said something, but I can't find it so, here's John Wesley's commentary on this verse:
Genesis 14:11-20 provides some of Melchizedek’s background. Just who was he? How is that relevant?More on Mel in Ch 7.
We'll explore Mel much deeper in Ch 7. Here's a photo of the main thoughts for this week. I was tough on them and made them stick to just this chapter's reference.
He met Abraham as King of Salem (Jerusalem in Christ's time) and Priest of "God Most High."
He was the first High Priest.
The bread and wine he offers Abraham is a preview of communion.
While some claim that Melchizedek is Jesus before His incarnation, that's not supported by the text. (https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/356-was-melchizedek-the-preincarnate-christ)
As a "type of Christ" (see early discussions in Hebrews for what "type" means), Melchizedek represented God/The Messiah.
Why did Jesus have to pray?
- Because God was the only one that could save Him from the cross.
- Communication with the Father as the Son--that's us, too!
- He wanted to pray. Psalm 22:1-3 (My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.)
- He needed to know that God heard Him.
If He didn’t have to pray, why did He?
- He prayed in Gethsemane because, as a Jew, He didn't want to die a Gentile's death--on a cross.
- Jesus' human side wanted to converse with God.
- To give credit to the Father.
We stopped here this week.
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