Second Lesson on Hebrews

Read Hebrews 2:1-4 To Start This Lesson

In this second lesson on Hebrews we see that the author opens chapter 2 with a word we see often in scripture - “therefore.”  Anytime we see this word, we have to asks ourselves, “What is the therefore there for?”   Therefore means the same thing as “because of this.”

If someone were to walk up to you and say, “Because of this you need to give me $5.”   You would have a question to ask - "Because of what?"

If a passage starts with therefore, we must understand the previous passage in order to properly unpack the passage that we're about to study.

Before we continue our second lesson on Hebrews,
reread Hebrews 1:1-2 for a quick summary

God has revealed himself through:

  • covenants
  • dreams
  • visions
  • signs
  • wonders
  • angels
  • a legal code
  • a burning bush
  • pillars of fire and cloud
  • strikes of lightning 
  • over 600 laws with various punishments
  • a quaking fiery mountain
  • a still small voice 
  • and many other ways 

We have record of this in scripture.  He did all of these things to prepare the world for His greatest, most important revelation.

As we saw in chapter one, that final and greatest revelation was His Son, Jesus Christ.  As the gospel of John puts it, God became flesh and lived with us on this earth.

How Did Jesus Live?

  • He preformed miracles
  • He healed the sick
  • He taught us to pray
  • He lived a perfect sinless life
  • He gave sight to the blind
  • He was sacrificed on the cross in order to take the punishment you deserved

We learned in the first lesson on Hebrews that Jesus was not just a good man, but the God-Man.  He died for you, so that you could be seen as innocent and pure before God.  Check this out in view of Galatians 3:23-29.

So how is this summarized? Jesus is Supreme.

So back to our second lesson on Hebrews.

Therefore?  Because of THIS incredible truth we should. . . 

Verse 1 “pay attention”

This is a word of warning for those who are disinterested in the Good News of Jesus Christ.  There is nothing more important to pay attention to.  

How carefully do you make important decisions?

Hebrews 2:1
  • Do you carefully weigh the decision of which college you should go to?
  • Do you pay attention to what classes you should be taking?
  • Do you think about who you spend your time with?
  • Do you focus on these big decisions in your life?

Even though these are important decisions that you are making, there is no decision that you can make that is more important than your decision to become a Christ follower. 

Now THAT is something to pay attention to.

Verse 1 warns us that if we don't pay attention then we'll drift away like a ship lost at sea.

What Does This Mean For Us Today?

Because of who Christ is, pay attention. 

Because of what Christ has done, respond.

For believers, to drift away means you'll not live as Jesus is supreme in your life.  You may claim to be a Christian, but unless you are a “living sacrifice” (see Romans 12), you are drifting out of God’s will.

For those who are not saved, to drift away is to hear, but not respond to this truth of the Gospel.  You have a chance to embrace the Truth today, now.

Maybe you feel led to proclaim Christ as your Lord, if you do not act on that leading, if you put it off for another day, you'll drift away from the truth.

Verse 2 uses an argument from the lessor in order to help us understand the seriousness of ignoring "such a great salvation.”

An example of an argument from the lessor:

If it's against the law to let a person ride on top of your car, then it's certaintly illegal to let 15 people ride on top of your car.

This is how the logic of the passage works.

In the first lesson on Hebrews  we discovered that Jesus is greater than the Angels.  If the law was binding, and it was given to man by angels, how much more important is this new and greatest revelation of salvation through faith in Jesus?

Is there evidence from scripture that angels had some hand in the delivery of the law to Moses?  There's not an explicit record in the Exodus account, but we do find this information confirmed by the Holy Spirit in the record of scripture

Before we continue our second lesson on Hebrews - check it out for yourself. See:

  • Deuteronomy 33:2
  • Acts 7:51-53
  • Galatians 3:19

And now back to our second lesson on Hebrews.

In verse 2 of chapter 2 we see that the law is “reliable.”  What's it reliable for?  By the law, man can see that it's “just” for them to be condemned for their “transgression or disobedience.”

Is the law reliable to save?  No.  It is reliable to show why men are condemned?  Romans 3: 20 says that it's through the law that man comes to a knowledge of sin.  In other words, God gave us the law so we could see how far we fall short of his perfect standard.

Can you think of sins that some people believe “aren’t a big deal?"

How does the authority of scripture help us to understand that any disobedience against a perfect God is a big deal?

If by the law we are condemned, then imagine how bad it is when we reject God’s offer of Salvation through Christ’s death.  Verse 3 tells us there will be no escape for those who neglect or reject this one and only path to salvation.

Verse 4 tells us that God has confirmed this true salvation by signs, miracles, and his Holy Spirit.  If you are feeling led now to Jesus, it's because the Holy Spirit is leading you, confirming this scripture as true.

Don't fight against this conviction.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:32 that “whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven."

To be in opposition of the leading of the Holy Spirit, is to oppose the Spirit that will introduce you to your Savior, your only chance to be forgiven.

Does the reading of God’s law show you how perfect He is?

Does the reading of God’s law show you how far you are from perfection?

Do you know how you can be seen as perfect in view of God?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 to close out our study of this second lesson on Hebrews.

We pray this second lesson on Hebrews has blessed you.

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