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Today we come to one of the most dramatic events in Scripture- the transfiguration of Jesus. This event followed Jesus' announcement of His suffering, rejection, death and resurrection (8:31) and the cost to those who would follow Him to the cross (8:34).

Jesus made it clear that the Cross (Isa. 53) had to come before the Crown (Dan. 7:13-14). But God graciously gave the transfiguration to encourage the disciples that the Crown will most certainly follow the Cross. It is evident Jesus knew the transfiguration was coming. He announced it at least six full days before it happened. I believe the transfiguration took place on Mount Hermon in the area near Caesarea Philippi where Jesus and the disciples had come after the healing of the blind man (8:27). Mount Hermon is 9,000 feet in elevation and fits the description of being a "high mountain".

Verse one of Mark 9 actually belongs with the previous passage where Jesus emphasized both the cost and blessing of following Him to the cross.

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God desires Humility in the lives of His Children

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No Pain, No Gain is a reality we encounter in many different areas of our lives. Whether it be fitness, athletics, education, business or work projects around the house it often requires a certain amount of pain to achieve the desired gain. We constantly think in these terms to decide what we are and are not going to do. "Is the gain worth the pain?" The "gains" that we decide are worth the "pains" are what we value. In this passage the disciples are confronted with this same question, "Is the gain worth the pain?"

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Mark 8:1-26 highlights two things: 1) the intensifying conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees and 2) the disciples’ continuing difficulty in grasping Jesus’ true nature.

There are three preliminary issues that are key to understanding this passage:
1. The O.T. concept of "a sign".
2. Jewish messianic expectation.
3. Framing.

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God's Family Welcomes All Who Have Faith in Christ

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In order to understand this passage we need first to understand a thing called the Oral Law (also referred to as the tradition of the elders). The Oral Law was a commentary on the Written Law (the Law of Moses) explaining how its 613 commandments were to be carried out. Certain Jews believe that at the same time that the Written Law was given from Mount Sinai, the Oral Law, too, was delivered to Moses. The Oral Law was then handed down orally to certain Jewish leaders/rabbis through each successive generation until these teaching were collected in a book called the Mishnah. The Mishnah is a compilation of the teachings of these Jewish leaders/rabbis to whom the Oral Law was committed tracing clear back to Moses.

The teachings of these Jewish rabbis was in the process of being collected in the days of our Lord. The Mishnah was completed about 250 A.D.; over 200 years after Jesus' ascension. The Mishnah is the tradition of the elders in written form. For orthodox Jews the Mishnah is their second most important book; the Torah (Written Law) being the first.

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We discovered in the previous passage that Herod Antipas misunderstood Jesus because of his guilt (6:14-29). In the passages before us in this study we discover that the disciples missed a major revelation about Jesus because of resentment.

After being rejected in His hometown of Nazareth (6:1-6) Jesus sent His disciples out (6:7-13). John Mark "sandwiches" in Herod Antipas' response to Jesus (6:14-29) then picks up the disciples' ministry trip again (6:30-31). The disciples returned to Jesus in Capernaum and reported the amazing things they had done and taught in His name.

Do you remember how crazy it was in Capernaum when His family came to take Him away? John Mark tells us there were so many people Jesus and His disciples couldn't even eat (3:21). As we can see the ministry load hadn't let up; Jesus and His disciples still couldn't find space to eat. So Jesus directed they get away to a remote place to rest.

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I hope by this time in our study of the Gospel of Mark we are realizing that Jesus and His 3 1/2 years of public ministry were extremely controversial. Many were looking for the promised Messiah; but that Messiah was completely human. Jesus' claim to be deity - to be a God-Man - was outrageous, blasphemous.

The leaders of Judaism spread the idea that Jesus was demon possessed and was performing miracles by the power of Satan (3:22). His family believed Him insane (3:20-21). The people of His hometown Nazareth insisted He was nothing more than a commoner (6:1-6).

There were three additional explanations about Jesus that were popularly believed.

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In this study we discover that Jesus traveled to His hometown of Nazareth, a tiny village in the hills west of the Sea of Galilee. This was His second ministry trip. Luke recorded the first - it did not go well (Luke 4:16-30). His boyhood friends, the neighbors He grew up with and worked for as a carpenter, the elders of the synagogue were so infuriated by His teaching they attempted to murder Him by throwing Him off a cliff!

Perhaps the rejection of His people in Nazareth contributed to Jesus' decision to set up His base of operations on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee at Capernaum. While in Capernaum we discovered that Jesus' own family came from Nazareth determined to take control of Him because they were convinced He was out of His mind (Mark 3:21, 31-34).

Perhaps a year after His first ministry visit, Jesus returned a second time to try and reach His people.

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The Gospel of Mark reveals that Jesus treats adults as ... well ... adults. That is, Jesus holds people accountable for their actions. To those who come to Him with an open heart and mind, Jesus responded with grace and healing and compassion. But to those who were unreceptive and close minded Jesus responded with correction and rebuke. In this passage we see both as Jesus ministered to a desperate father and a desperate woman.

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Having calmed the squall (4:39) Jesus and His disciples reached the east side of the Sea of Galilee and went ashore in the country of the Gerasenes inhabited primarily by Gentiles (non-Jews). Soon after debarking they were accosted by a wild man described in verses 2-5.

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Jesus came preaching that the Kingdom of God was at hand (1:15). He claimed the authority of God to forgive sins and to govern the Sabbath (2:1-12; 23-27). The Kingdom of God was at hand because Jesus was both the promised Messiah and the Son of God possessing the authority and power of God to establish the Kingdom. Jesus came offering the promised Messianic Kingdom to His people, Israel, but their response was mixed.

The crowd viewed Him as a healer, His family thought Him insane, the leaders of Judaism accused Him of being demon possessed (3:7-30). Only a few were open to His claims - those He appointed apostles and a few from the crowd whom Jesus likened to "good soil" (3:13-19; 4:20).

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Jesus is the Master Teacher. Often He is praised for His vivid and memorable parables. But what we discover is that Jesus taught in parables to actually hide truth. Parables were a rebuke against spiritual disinterest and opposition.

Let's put Mark 4 in context. John Mark recorded Jesus' claims to deity in chapter two and then in chapter three recorded four responses to those claims. The first response,the response of the crowds, was one of spiritual indifference. The crowd came from all over Israel to be healed and delivered. Jesus' claims and teaching were less important to them than His power to heal and deliver.

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Barangonan - What's Our Purpose?

-Identify/Train Elders
-Provide adequate resource material to the believers on Barangonan
-Local believers are taught basic Bible study principles
-Connect the local church on Barangonan with other indigenous churches in the area

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In our previous study of Mark 2:1-3:6 we discovered that Jesus said and did some outrageous things. Jesus claimed authority to forgive sins and then validated His claim by healing a paralyzed man (2:1-12). What makes His claim outrageous is that only God has authority to forgive sins so without question Jesus was claiming to be deity.

He recruited to His team and enjoyed table fellowship with a Jewish tax collector, the lowest of the low in Jewish society (2:13-17). He disregarded conventional rules of piety (2:18-22) and He claimed authority over the Law of Moses and its Sabbath law (2:23-3:6). These things were radical then and they’re radical now because if they were true about Jesus then, then they’re true about Jesus now.

How did the people at that time respond to Jesus’ claims and actions? The peoples response is exactly what John Mark is showing us in Mark 3:7-35. First, he reports the response of the crowd who poured into Capernaum from all over Israel.

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As Jesus' ministry expanded, so did His claims which set Him on a deadly collision course with the Pharisees and the Jewish religious establishment. In the course of healing a paralytic, Jesus claimed authority to forgive sins.

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The Gospel of Mark starts with Jesus' public ministry, not His birth. Since John Mark was writing to gentiles, not Jews, there was less need to prove Jesus' lineage as legal heir to the Davidic Throne.

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"What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up" (1 Corinthians 14:26, ESV).

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This is our 27th and final lesson from the book of Hebrews. Let's think about what we have learned from Hebrews.

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Author's final appeal to leave Judaism.

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As the Preacher continues to spell out the practicals of the life of faith he instructs his readers to remember and imitate the faith of their church leaders. "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith" (Hebrews 13:7 ESV).

That they are to remember likely indicates these leaders are dead. These leaders may very well have lead them to faith in Jesus. Previously, these folks had been encouraged to imitate the faith of the Old Testament saints listed in chapter 11. In addition they are to remember and imitate the faith of their church leaders. This morning we are going to do just that. Remember with me these spiritual leaders who have lead us and are now with the Lord awaiting the Rapture.

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In Hebrews 11 the Preacher emphasized that faith pleases God and those who live by faith are accepted by God. In chapter 12 he exhorts us to run the race of faith with endurance keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. Now, in chapter 13, the Preacher spells out what the race of faith looks like. These are the things in which we are to endure.

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07/05/2015
Bill Carnahan; Chris Holloway

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Especially in times of suffering, the church family is responsible to make sure that no one in the family "fails to obtain the grace of God" (Heb. 12:15; cf. 4:14-16). For the original recipients of Hebrews this was particularly acute on account of the persecution they were suffering. Failure to obtain God's grace would spiral into bitterness; bitterness into spiritual contempt and spiritual contempt into defection back into Judaism (12:15-16).

Esau traded away the covenant and material blessings of his birthright for a bowl of soup. Consumed by hunger, he made a tragic decision. He remained Isaac's son, but received far less than what he might have. Consumed by bitterness, hurting believers are at risk of making a similarly tragic decision.

The church family needs to do all that it can to help strugglers obtain the grace of God lest they spiral past the point of no return as did Esau.

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We were running stride for stride when we hit the sand dune. By the time we came out of the dune my opponent had dropped back 40 yards and in the half mile to the finish line was unable to recover. That day, as a high school freshman cross country runner, I came to value more deeply my coaches and the training they required of us. In a workout earlier that week our coaches had us run sprint repeats across that sand dune. It was an incredibly hard workout; I distinctly remember tasting blood from my throat through the last several sprints. But the results on race day made the pain of that workout worthwhile.

We are running the race of faith (Heb. 12:1-2). Our race includes pain and suffering at many levels and in many ways. That is why we must run with patient endurance. And the key to patient endurance is attitude. The point of my running story is that my attitude changed. My attitude prior was not bad. But on that day my belief in the value of our workouts and my commitment to endure the pain of our workouts increased. Rather than thinking, "Oh no, what are they going to make us do today?" my attitude became "Bring it on, let's do this!"

In Hebrews 12:3-11 the Preacher speaks to the attitude of the Hebrew Christians towards their suffering. Whether they become bitter or better will be determined by their attitude towards the suffering which God was allowing them to suffer. The key word in 12:3-11 is discipline. It refers not to punishment nor church discipline but to child rearing. A better word would be training. The Preacher has in mind the parenting process by which a child is brought to maturity. As any good father (and mother) trains his children so also God trains His children.

In 12:3-11 the Preacher shifts from the metaphor of a race to child rearing. Just as a good Father requires hard things of his son in order to bring him to maturity, so God uses suffering/persecution to bring His children to maturity. Though some of us may not have had a father or a good father, we can relate to the comparison through a good coach or teacher who required hard things of us in order to bring us to maturity.

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For those of us who do not care for running it probably seems fitting that the Greek term for a foot race is agon from which we derive the term agony. We have a number of marathoners in our church family and they know all about the agony of the race. They are a different breed of human being; much to be admired.

In Hebrews 12 the Preacher likens the life of faith to running a race which I'm sure our marathoners would agree is an apt comparison. Both take discipline, both require endurance of pain and fatigue, both have experiences of intense joy and satisfaction and both are run in hope of reaching the finish line.

Some of those to whom the Preacher wrote were tempted to drop out of the race and return to Judaism. The Preacher's purpose was to strengthen and encourage these Hebrew Christians to continue to run the race with endurance because those who endure inherit the promises of God.

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Why is it that on the Sunday mornings we take a tiny piece of bread and a tiny cup of juice we call it the Lord’s Supper? It’s not even a snack much less a supper!

But from the beginning the Lord’s Supper was a supper. Jesus was eating the Passover meal with His disciples when He broke the bread and gave the cup to His disciples (Matt. 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-23). The early church celebrated the Lord's Supper as a shared meal (Acts 2:42, 46; 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:20-22, 33-34). In fact, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 indicates that the Lord’s Supper was celebrated weekly by the entire church family as a part of the meeting of the church.

From 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 I want to make a case for re-establishing the Lord’s Supper as a shared meal here at Grace Church. As I will explain later, this will not replace but supplement our Sunday morning observance of the Lord’s Supper.

As we turn to 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 we realize quickly that it is a stern corrective for abuses that were taking place at the Lord’s Supper meal in Corinth. In fact, Paul reveals that these abuses were the reason the Lord had disciplined church members with both sickness and premature death (11:30)! The value Jesus places on the Lord’s Supper is a compelling reason for us to restore it to a shared meal.

Paul confronts two problems. First, the union of believers one with another was being violated.

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It is a common misconception that people who lived during the Old Testament were saved by keeping the Law of Moses while those who lived after Jesus are saved by grace. This error was perpetuated by the Pharisees in Judaism and later by the Judaizers in the Church. The Apostle Paul combated this error in both Romans and Galatians.

The truth of the matter is that in every dispensation, sinners are reconciled to God by faith. Faith is the basis by which every sinner from Adam & Eve to the last person born in the Millennial Kingdom is justified before God. No sinner has or ever will be declared righteous by God on the basis of keeping the Law or by good works.

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In 10:19-39, the Preacher applies, warns and encourages. To fully understand we need to think about a critical incident in the ministry of our Lord recorded in Matthew 12. Prior to Matthew 12, Jesus and His disciples traveled from town to town preaching the good news of the Kingdom and appealing to the nation of Israel to "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." On the occasion recorded in Matthew 12:22-45, Jesus cast out a demon. When the people asked if Jesus could be "the Son of David" (v.23), that is, the Messiah, their spiritual leaders responded that Jesus was in league with Satan, not God (12:24). This is the unpardonable sin. This is the moment the nation of Israel rejected Messiah. From that point on, Jesus spoke judgment upon that generation (12:38-45; 21:33-46; 23:1-36). He began speaking in parables to hide the truth as an act of judgment (13:10-17). He and His disciples no longer preached the coming of the Kingdom (16:20). Jesus began preparing His disciples for His crucifixion and resurrection (17:9-13, 22-23; 20:17-19). Jesus revealed the judgment that would befall that generation.

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In 9:1-10:18 the Preacher continues to demonstrate the inadequacies of the Mosaic (Old) Covenant. The ministry of the Old Covenant took place in an earthly tabernacle that limited access to God to one man once a year; the ministry of the New Covenant takes place in the heavenly Tabernacle and opens access to God through the one man, Jesus Christ. Animal sacrifices under the Old Covenant had to be offered repeatedly because they dealt only with the external and could not take away sin; Jesus' sacrifice under the New Covenant was offered once for all because it purifies the conscience and takes away sin. The Old Covenant was a shadow and parable meant to reveal truths about God, the way of salvation and ultimately the Messiah; the New Covenant is the reality.

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In our study of Hebrews 7:11-28 we discovered that in 1000B.C., through King David, God revealed a massive change in His program for Israel: Messiah will be both King and Priest! This revelation had huge implications: a change in the priesthood necessarily requires a change in the law. Psalm 110:4 revealed that when Messiah comes the Law of Moses and the Aaronic Priesthood would end. They would be replaced by the Law of Messiah and the Melchizedekian Priesthood. Far from being an attack on Judaism, these changes were always part of God's plan. Another implication of Psalm 110:4 is that with a change in the law and priesthood, there would also be a change in the covenant. The Law of Moses and the Aaronic Priesthood were associated with the Mosaic Covenant. The Mosaic Covenant was a conditional covenant between God and Israel. The terms of the Mosaic Covenant were straight forward:  obedience to the Law brings blessing, disobedience brings cursing.

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With the coming of Jesus our Messiah a massive change took place in God's program: both the Law of Moses and the Aaronic Priesthood came to an end. They were replaced by the Law of Messiah and the Melchizedekian Priesthood. As Gentiles we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of this change.

For the Jews of the first century A.D. such an idea was incomprehensible. In their view Jesus was a blasphemer, not the Messiah. As far as they were concerned absolutely nothing changed in God's program. To suggest that the Law of Moses and the Aaronic Priesthood had ended and been replaced was, in their view, an attack on Judaism and Jewish identity.

Their hatred and persecution of messianic believers for holding such a belief is not hard to understand. In Hebrews 7:11-28 the Preacher explains the purpose, reasons and result of this change in God's program. He shows that this change in the law and priesthood is not a New Testament invention, but was always part of God's plan as revealed in the Jewish Scriptures by one of the pillars of Judaism, King David himself.

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The recipients of the book of Hebrews were not in a good place spiritually. They were saved but they were spiritual babies. They had become "dull of hearing" and were dangerously vulnerable to their enemies. The Preacher was concerned lest they fall away, recant their faith in Christ and fail to go on to spiritual maturity (5:11-6:8). Having delivered a stern warning about the consequences of falling away, he softens his tone to encourage his brothers and sisters to go on to spiritual maturity.

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The book of Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians in 65 A.D. suffering persecution for their faith in Jesus as Messiah.  In this warning section the Preacher confronts their spiritual regression. As a result of drifting away from God’s Word (2:1), they have regressed to a state of spiritual infancy increasingly vulnerable to their Jewish antagonists and the temptation to defect from Christ. The Preacher seeks to shake them out of their spiritual lethargy and to help them press on to spiritual maturity. He warns them that if they continue their drift and defect back into Judaism they will cross a line of no return. In 5:11-14, the Preacher addresses the fact they have become dull of hearing.

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Resurrection Sunday could also be called Exaltation Sunday; it was on Resurrection Sunday that Jesus was exalted, crowned King and appointed High Priest (Heb. 1:3-9, 13, 5:5-6). Once appointed High Priest, Jesus entered the Holy of Holies in the Heavenly Tabernacle and offered His blood as the once for all sacrifice for sins. Jesus ascended on Resurrection Sunday in order to complete His work of salvation.

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Making disciples is what we are called to do.

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Keeping in mind that the original readers of Hebrews were tempted to leave Christ and return to Judaism helps us understand why the Preacher here begins a long section focused on the High Priesthood of Christ. He is challenging another major pillar of Judaism:  Aaron and the Levitical Priesthood. From 5:1 through 10:18 the Preacher is demonstrating the many ways that the High Priesthood of Jesus is superior to the High Priesthood of the Levitical system. The challenge to his audience was this, "Why would you go back to the inferior Levitical Priesthood and not continue to trust Jesus Christ your great High Priest?" (Read Hebrews 4:14-5:10) In 5:1-4, the Preacher outlines four basic principles related to the office of high priest as stipulated in the Law of Moses.

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Jesus wants you to have the fullest, most amazing experience in His kingdom. He doesn’t want you to simply be in the kingdom, He wants you to own it and rule over it with Him. He wants you to be part of building a world government that actually helps people; that brings peace and prosperity to its citizens. Jesus wants you to share in His kingdom; He wants you to be a partaker, not a spectator.  He wants you to be on the field experiencing the thrill of His victory. But the truth of the matter is that not all of us will share in the kingdom. All believers will be in the Kingdom, but not all believers will share in the kingdom.

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It is important for us to remember that the original recipients of Hebrews were first century messianic Jews tempted to defect from Christ and return to Judaism. Throughout the book, the Preacher of Hebrews warns his readers not to return to Judaism, but to remain faithful to Christ and so receive their inheritance. In Hebrews 3:1-6 the Preacher demonstrates that Jesus is superior to Moses. For us 21st Gentiles that may not seem like a big deal, but for first century Jews it was.

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When we studied the book of Revelation, we encountered an incredible scene in the heavenly throne room (Rev. 4).  In the right hand of God the Father is the seven-sealed scroll containing the Title Deed of Mankind's Inheritance waiting to be opened (Rev. 5:1-3). The Apostle John bursts into tears because no one in all the universe is found worthy to open it (Rev. 5:4). No angel, no human, not even the Father nor the Spirit are worthy!

The only person in all the universe worthy to open the scroll is Jesus (Rev. 5:5-14). Hebrews 2:10-18 explains how it is that only Jesus is worthy.  It is because He is the only person in all the universe qualified to accomplish God's purposes and promises for mankind.

Hebrews 2:10-18 explains why that is.

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When we studied the book of Revelation, we encountered an incredible scene in the heavenly throne room (Rev. 4). In the right hand of God the Father is the seven-sealed scroll containing the Title Deed of Mankind's Inheritance waiting to be opened (Rev. 5:1-3). The Apostle John bursts into tears because no one in all the universe is found worthy to open it (Rev. 5:4). No angel, no human, not even the Father nor the Spirit are worthy! The only person in all the universe worthy to open the scroll is Jesus (Rev. 5:5-14). Hebrews 2:10-18 explains how it is that only Jesus is worthy. It is because He is the only person in all the universe qualified to accomplish God's purposes and promises for mankind.

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We discover in this passage that our dominion over creation, which was lost in the Fall, will be restored in the Kingdom of our Lord.

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In Hebrews 2:1-4 the Preacher delivers the first of five warnings: Pay attention - Stop drifting!

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By Contrasting the Father's treatment of angels and His treatment of the Son, the Preacher supports his claim that the Son has become superior to the angels.

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Similarly, understanding Hebrews 1:5-14 depends on knowing how to look at it.

We'll first read Hebrews 1 then look out some background issues that will help us understand the message of the Preacher. As we read, remember the Preacher is writing to a house church of messianic Jews some of whom are drifting in their commitment to Christ and others tempted to defect and return to Judaism. He is warning them not to drift or defect from the exalted Son through Whom God has spoken. Read Hebrews 1

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In the last two hundred years Western culture has been shaped by the ideas of such secular intellectuals as Rousseau, Darwin, Marx, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Sartre, Orwell, Chomsky. But why should anybody listen to Rousseau or Darwin or Marx or Russell? What credentials do they have to tell us what's true?

In his book The Intellectuals, historian Paul Johnson examines their lives and makes clear is that these people have no credibility (1). Their personal lives are characterized by self-centeredness, egoism, arrogance, abuse of others, alcoholism, drugs, sexual immorality, misogyny, financial mismanagement, lying, hypocrisy and on and on the list goes. These were miserable, wicked individuals who didn’t live out their own ideas. Yet others, most probably not knowing the personal character of their mentors, listened and acted on their words plunging the West into the darkness of the 20th and 21st centuries. So who can we trust? Who has the credentials and character such that we can unconditionally trust what they say to be true?

 

(1) Johnson, Paul (2009-10-13). Intellectuals (P.S.) Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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