This preparation is the longest of all the lessons because in class we will see how it exposes principles crucial to a correct way of understanding the central message of Hebrews. The questions do not have easy answers, but just having done the reading and thought about the questions will prepare you for the class discussion.
Do these in the order given. If your time is limited, at least do 3 – 7.
I think you will find a great reward from this preparation when we discuss this in class.
Observe & Think Over:
1. Read Psalm 78:1-72. Do you think this is an accurate summary of Psalm 78?
God’s people limit Him by forgetfulness of His benefits (Ps 78:11) refusing to walk in His commands (Ps 78:10) and by believing not in His promises (Ps 78:22). Yet He is full of compassion, ever waiting to forgive their iniquity and spare them from being cut off entirely.1
2. What part of the Exodus journey do you think might be a metaphor for eternal salvation: Passover? Receiving the Law at Mt. Sinai? Crossing the Jordan? Conquering the Promised Land?
3. Read Numbers 14:1-45. In Numbers 14:20-23, what did God forgive? Do you think this forgiveness had something to do with the personal salvation of the people of Israel who were not allowed to enter the promised land?
4. Read 1 Corinthians 9:23 – 10:22. Do you think Paul is addressing believers or non-believers in the Corinthian congregation? How is he using the Exodus experience? Is he implying anyone is unsaved or will loose their saved status?
5. Read 1 Corinthians 11:25-32. Why would God cause people illness and death for trivializing the blood of the covenant (by turning communion into a common meal where everyone eats and drinks without regard to others in the congregation)?
6. Read Ps 95:1–11. Is the Psalm addressed to saved or unsaved people? Seems like this call to singing and joyous praise ends on a depressing note. Why end it with the warning of Psalm 95:8-11?
7. Read Hebrews 3:1-4:10 using this highlighted version
It will be helpful to others if you put your proposed answers, insights, questions and comments below.Footnotes
- Keith Brooks, Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the Old Testament, 127. [↩]