Welcome to the Bible Reading Plan! We are so glad you are joining us for this journey through the 13 chapters of Hebrews over the next couple of weeks. Each day, you will read one chapter of the Bible followed by a short devotional, answer a few questions, and if you want, record any observations or insights using the interactive comments section. We believe God will use this resource to grow our knowledge and affection for Him. We know God’s Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). Sign up with a friend, your Life Group, or your family, and let’s dig in!
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Let’s Go, Church!
Hebrews, which is written as a letter (also known as an epistle), is unique among the other letters in the New Testament. There are some things we know and don’t know about the book of Hebrews. For example, we aren’t quite sure who wrote it. Different scholars have different theories as to who wrote it, but regardless who penned this book, we know that the author was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The audience isn’t as specific as some other letters either (for example, the book of Philippians was written specifically to the church at Philippi). It is addressed to both Gentile and Jewish Christians, but it’s loaded with references the Jewish Christians would resonate with (hence the name Hebrews). Throughout the book there are quotations from and references to the Old Testament, specifically Genesis and Exodus. Based on what the author says about Timothy’s release from prison, Hebrews was likely written around 67 AD.
The entire book centers around Jesus. This Hebrew audience had a high view of the priests, specifically Moses. Over these 13 chapters, the author wants to drive home the idea that Jesus is supreme. He’s greater than angels. He’s greater than Moses. He offered a greater sacrifice. Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), is the ultimate example for us to follow and this is the whole point of the letter.
Over the next two weeks, we’ll learn so much more about the nature of Jesus and what it looks like to be a Christ follower. We’re excited to see how God uses these 13 chapters to change our lives and deepen our understanding of who Jesus really is.