12.14 Hebrews 3-4

Peter Hinsch


Hebrews 3-4

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

In Hebrews 3 the writer talks about how Jesus is greater than Moses which would have been a big claim to the Jewish audience of the letter.  The writer encourages the readers to stay faithful and guard their hearts against rebellion.  In chapter 4 the writer talks about how faith is required for us to receive God’s promised rest for his people.  He points out the nature of the Word of God and then begins a conversation about how Jesus is the High Priest.

What is one key verse?

For the word of God is alive and powerful.  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God.  Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NLT)

How does what you read change your vision of God?

It is such a great reminder that God knows my innermost thoughts and everything going on in my heart.  It’s a sobering reminder that I need to guard not only my outward behavior but also my attitude and meditations of my mind.  God knows every thought I have, and he still sent Jesus to take my place on the cross.  That’s amazing!

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

In chapter 3:12-13 the writer of Hebrews reminds us to warn each other every day to be careful not to be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  This is especially important this day and age when we have to work so much harder to stay connected.  If I am not intentional with staying connected to the body and checking on my brothers and sisters then I am not obeying this command from God’s word.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I need to be better about calling my brothers and sisters and encouraging them to stay faithful during these times.  I also need to ensure I am letting the Word penetrate deep into my heart and move me towards righteousness.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

In Chapter 3 we get a bold proclamation that Jesus is greater than Moses.  I need to remember that as much as I respect my earthly leaders and the great men & women who have come before me, ultimately Jesus is the one I am following.  He is the savior king!  While it is true we should submit to the earthly leaders God has placed in our lives, we need to remember Jesus is the Messiah and the one to whom we will give an account.

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