Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Thoughts on Questions from Hebrews Ch 12 from 4/22


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.  


This is some of the discussion on the questions posted on Monday.

Chapter 12
Vv 1-13

How does the end of v13 relate to v12?
New bodies.
Healing of arms and knees.
Don't give up on your walk/run, others are watching.

Chapter 12
Vv 14-29

“Every effort.” What does that mean?
Strive for. 
Pursue.
"and be holy." Does holiness bring peace?
If you don't pursue peace, you produce disharmony among believers.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:8-9
















Katharoí/Katharos is the Greek word used in Matthew 5:8 for a pure heart. It is the root of catharsis in English and can is defined
Definition
1.   clean, pure
a.   physically
1.   purified by fire
2.   in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
b.   in a levitical sense
1.   clean, the use of which is not forbidden, imparts no uncleanness
c.    ethically
1.   free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
2.   free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
3.   blameless, innocent
4.   unstained with the guilt of anything
The significance of the sequence Jesus uses with these two beatitudes is emphasized in this verse where there is no peace without a heart that is pure (Katharoí/Katharos)
Katharoí/Katharos is the Greek word used in Matthew 5:8 for a pure heart. It is the root of catharsis in English and can is defined
Definition
1.   clean, pure
a.   physically
1.   purified by fire
2.   in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
b.   in a levitical sense
1.   clean, the use of which is not forbidden, imparts no uncleanness
c.    ethically
1.   free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
2.   free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
3.   blameless, innocent
4.   unstained with the guilt of anything
The significance of the sequence Jesus uses with these two beatitudes is emphasized in this verse where there is no peace without a heart that is pure (Katharoí/Katharos)
Katharoí/Katharos is the Greek word used in Matthew 5:8 for a pure heart. It is the root of catharsis in English and can is defined
Definition
1.   clean, pure
a.   physically
1.   purified by fire
2.   in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
b.   in a levitical sense
1.   clean, the use of which is not forbidden, imparts no uncleanness
c.    ethically
1.   free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
2.   free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
3.   blameless, innocent
4.   unstained with the guilt of anything

The significance of the sequence Jesus uses with these two beatitudes is emphasized in this verse where there is no peace without a heart that is pure (Katharoí/Katharos). More on this in the next answer.

Why is holiness important?
Well, without holiness, no one will see God.
Holiness is also translated sanctified.
The Amplified Version reads
...without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.

According to v15, what’s our job? Or, perhaps jobs? How do we do that/them?
Hold each other accountable.
Encourage one another to the end.
Live in peace.
Praise.
Don't let any bitter root grow.

  • Roots nourish plants and anchor the plant structure.
  • Bitter root is resentment, holding grudges, discontentment.

What’s the point of the reference to Esau?
The selling of his birthright was like Judas' "selling" Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Esau was both immoral and irreverent.
It could be referring to swearing an oath to Jacob or the disrespect of the birthright itself.

Vv18-21 refer to what OT event? How would you react to the audible voice of God? Why?
The event is referring to Exodus 19:18-19
18 Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. 19 And it happened, as the blast of the ram’s horn grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with [a voice of] thunder. 

The reaction of a person to the audible voice of God depends on where that person is on the conviction --> comfort relationship with God scale.

The three words on the far right of this photo are either responses to
WAYS GOD SPEAKS TO US or 
HOW DO WE HEAR GOD'S VOICE WHEN IT'S NOT AUDIBLE? 
I don't remember the exact question I asked.

We Got This Far This Week

Do you agree with v21? Check Deuteronomy 9:19

What synonyms/names are given for heaven? Comments?

Who is in heaven? Make a list. Why is each one significant?

What “word” does the blood of Abel speak? How? Why?

Vv25-27 describe something besides heaven. What? Why?

What is the acceptable way to worship God?

V29. Awful or Awesome? Explain

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