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An Accompanying Assignment……

Along with gathering your “priest” and “high priest” references throughout the book of Hebrews, read Exodus 24 through 33.  In chapter 33, you will notice something mentioned in Hebrews 13.  Compare.

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June 27, 2014 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Priesthood in old and new Testaments, Studying Hebrews, The Blood | , , , , | Leave a comment

Summer Study Assignment……

A precious theme we will encounter in September will be concerning the priest  and the priestly role of our present High Priest.  List every time you come across “priest” in Hebrews and put a short statement of what it says at that point.  Then look up and study the priesthood in the Old Testament.  Compare the two studies.

(A reminder for you perfectionists out there – please try not to make this more difficult than it sounds.  Relax, and see what you can discover.  If you have no computer, your reference Bible will be a big help.)

Making this more difficult than it sounds is my job!!  🙂

Remember to whom Hebrews is written in 3:1 – “holy brethren,” partakers of a heavenly calling.”  These are the ones who can claim the High Priest of our confession.

The Israelites in the wilderness needed the priesthood; we need our Great High Priest for our “wilderness” journey now.

Have fun in the Word!!

June 26, 2014 Posted by | Priesthood in old and new Testaments, Studying Hebrews, The Blood | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Falling Short of God’s Rest

Even the first verse of Hebrews, chapter 4, is packed with meaning!  Hebrews 4:1  Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it.

We have established that God’s Sabbath day of rest will be the coming 1,000 years following the 6,000 years.  Actually, it is almost time for the 7th day!  It has been almost 6,000 years since God’s restoration of the original earth.  Get ready!  Why?  We can “fall short” of this “rest.”  Thayer defines this word like this:    behind

1a) to come late or too tardily
1a1) to be left behind in the race and so fail to reach the goal, to fall short of the end
1a2) metaphorically fail to become a partaker, fall back from

This definition reminds me of the parable of the 10 virgins.  You can review it in Matthew 25.  But, the real example to be meditated upon is the children of Israel after they were delivered from the Egyptians, refusing to go into the promised land because of the hardships they would encounter.   Beware of the “cares of this life.”


March 7, 2014 Posted by | Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews, The promise | Leave a comment

Entering God’s Sabbath

I think that the theme of Hebrews 4 could be, “Entering God’s Sabbath.”  We must keep reading the Bible – all the way through – to hear God expound upon His Own Word.  We read yesterday that “…by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested (sabbathed) on the seventh day……then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it (set it apart; i.e. from the other 6 days.)”  See Genesis 2:1-3.  This very word is written about 73 more times in the Old Testament, usually translated “Sabbath” or “rest(ed).”

Then, we come to Hebrews 4 and we get the meaning God meant to make from His actions in Genesis.  He works at restoring the earth for 5 days, on the 6th day creates the image of Himself (in three parts), builds a bride, and orders them to have dominion over the earth.  The next day, God sabbaths, blesses the sabbath, and makes it Holy.  (See, also, Ex. 20:11)  Now, turn to Hebrews 4, and you should be able to read with understanding the significance of God’s actions.

However, a warning – the actions and belief system of His children in the wilderness enters the picture for our admonition!

 

March 6, 2014 Posted by | Studying Hebrews | , , | Leave a comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 14…

I hear y’all—-”Why have I never been told this is the Gospel?”

More importantly, now that you have been told, why not believe it! Why not study the Scriptures, now, and believe what you read there?

In light of the references mentioned in the previous part of this series, consider this message given to Joseph: Mt 1:21 “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” “Save” – being saved – has to do with the coming kingdom of our Lord and the message He proclaimed! (review Hebrews 2:3 – “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord…”)Matthew’s account is profoundly full and poignant with the Gospel of the Kingdom. The main focus of chapters 5-7 is the Kingdom:

Mt 5:1 ¶ And when He saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And opening His mouth He [began] to teach them, saying, 3 ¶ “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Mt 5:10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mt 5:19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches [them,] he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Mt 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

And, please consider the following verse carefully. God says what He means and means what He says. There is nothing to be read between the lines.

Mt 7:21 ¶ “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

November 19, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Necessity of Doctrine, Precepts you must understand, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 13…

There is no gospel without the kingdom. A bold statement, for sure; but the gospel message begins with the kingdom – not His death.Hebrews 2:3 says, “how shall we escape if we neglect so great asalvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,”

Talk about bold language, take a look at this: 1Ti 6:3 “If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4 he is conceited [and] understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”

It behooves us to observe the Lord’s “good news” – His very words and witness. Consider:

Mt 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And, in verse 23, His message is “gospel of the kingdom.” Mt 4:23 ¶ “And [Jesus] was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, andproclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.” His death is not mentioned until chapter 16.

Let’s look at some more:

Mr 1:1 “¶ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mr 1:14  And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent andbelieve in the gospel.”

Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose. Why preach to cities? In short, to announce the Good News of a Coming Government upon the shoulders of the very Son of God.

The Good News of the coming Kingdom of God must be received and believed, after one (or a whole city, i.e. Nineveh) has repented. Matthew 13 calls this Gospel like a “seed” – a new beginning – upon four kinds of soil.

For today, let us contemplate, meditate upon, and receive the following in the light of the above references:

Lu 6:46 “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 “Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 “But the one who has heard, and has not acted [accordingly,] is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (NASB)

November 18, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Necessity of Doctrine, Precepts you must understand, Studying Hebrews, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | Leave a comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 12…

Here comes my favorite! I LOVE Hebrews! This gem of a book is plain and simple when one has studied and received the first 11 parts in this series. As you read chapter 2:1-13, you will hear the echos of all the other references you have studied:

Heb 2:1 ¶ For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away [from it.]

2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense,

3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,

4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

5 ¶ For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking.

6 But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU REMEMBEREST HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT THOU ART CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?

7 “THOU HAST MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; THOU HAST CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAST APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF THY HANDS;

8 THOU HAST PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.

9 But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, [namely,] Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

10 ¶ For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one [Father]; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12 saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM THY NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING THY PRAISE.”

13 And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.” And again, “BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.” (NAS)

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Necessity of Doctrine, Precepts you must understand, Studying Hebrews, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | Leave a comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 11…

 Paul’s one gospel 

Acts 20:24-25 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesusto testifythe gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

The last book of the Bible ends with the fulfillment of the coming of the kingdom of our Lord

Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (RSV)

The King of kings returns to earth

Revelation 19:11,16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

The saints are raised to reign with Christ in His kingdomfor a thousand years

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christand shall reign with him a thousand years.

November 14, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Precepts you must understand, Studying Hebrews, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | 1 Comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 10…

 The apostle Peter preached the kingdom

Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of [or from] the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise [to inherit the kingdom, Rom.4:13; Jam.2:5] is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Peter’s main focus in His teaching was the coming kingdom

2 Peter 1:15-18 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty (Mt.16:28-17:2). 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory (the characteristics of a King), when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount (the Son of man coming in his kingdom, Mt.16:28).

Philip preached the kingdom of God

Acts 8:5,12 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, andpreached Christ unto them. 12 But when they believed Philippreaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

The apostle Paul’s ministry was centered around the gospel of the kingdom of God

From the beginning

Acts 14:21 And when they (Paul & Barnabus) had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

To the end

Acts 28:23,30-31 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

November 13, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Precepts you must understand, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 9…

The apostles & disciples of Jesus preached the kingdom

Matthew 10:5-7These twelveJesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand

Luke 9:1-2Then he called his twelve disciplestogether, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them topreach the kingdom of God

Luke 10:1,9 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

Luke 9:59-60 And he (Jesus) said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

The kingdom that Jesus preached is to be the NT churches message until the kingdom comes at the end of the age

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, evento the end of the age.” Amen.

Mark 16:15 And He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel (of the kingdom) to every creature (Jew and Gentile). 16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved (into the kingdom); but he who does not believe will be condemned.

The same gospel of the kingdom Jesus preached was confirmed unto the NT churches

Hebrews 2:3,5 How shall we (Christians) escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord (the gospel of the kingdom of God), and was confirmed untous (Christians in the NT Church) by them that heard him (the apostles); 5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection [or rulership] the world to come [or the coming habitable earth, Rotherham], whereof we speak.

November 11, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Necessity of Doctrine, Precepts you must understand, Studying Hebrews, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | Leave a comment

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