We read Hebrews 12 today. We got into a discussion of pre destination and I told the story of my birthday card and it's predestination message and of the woman I heard last night coming from the pessimism of atheism to the hope of belief in God and the love of Jesus. I liked the phrase in The Message that says "watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God's lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short term appetite. I also appreciated the section starting with verse 18 that says the people were afraid of the law and begged god to stop with the earsplitting words and soul shaking message that terrified them. The writer of Hebrews has spent most of the book connecting Jesus and his ministry to that tradition, but then in verse 24, it says Jesus presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. The murder of Jesus unlike Abel's which was a homicide that cried out for vengeance became a proclamation of grace. That makes it all worthwhile.
This am we read Hebrews 11. It is the faith chapter in the Bible. It talks about the faith of Abraham, Issac, Joseph, Moses, David, Soloman, and Enoch. Steve H. Asked about the scientific proof of Adam and eve. I think there is a religious history and a scientific history. They are somewhat separate.
We read Hebrews 10 today. It encourages us to encourage each other in the faith, but it contrasts the fear of adultery in Moses' era to the faith in Jesus that means of burnt sacrifices as insufficient and corrupt. It provided a way to support increasingly corrupt priests with a living. Yet it may be easier to have the physical demands of Moses than the virtual world promises of Jesus with the fear of the sins against the Holy Spirit lurking in the background. Where does the faith in Jesus come from that is promised in verse 28.
Hebrews 9 a continuation of trying to connect Abraham's covenant and then Moses' covenant that is made perfect in Christ. Bill N. Has trouble with this argument but it appeals to me. The Message interpretation appeals to me. Particularly verses 22 and 28. I think the person writing Hebrews was a converted rabbi making a rabbinical case for Jesus as a bringer of salvation.