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Want to learn more about Hebrews? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 13-part series.

Lesson 1: Jesus and the Book of Hebrews (Hebrews 1, 2 & 4)
Why study the book of Hebrews? One reason is that it is sort of the "missing link" in the New Testament. It is unique because it fills an important gap. The gospels and Acts bring us to the point where Jesus floats off into the sky. Revelation predicts how Jesus will return in power and glory. What is Jesus doing in between His ascension and His return? What is going on in God's life between Acts and Revelation? Hebrews answers that question. It explains to us what Jesus is doing now and why. Let's pull back the curtain on what our Lord is up to these days by jumping into an overview of our thirteen-week study of Hebrews!

Lesson 2: Jesus, Our King (Hebrews 1)
What an odd title ("Jesus, Our King") for a lesson on Hebrews, when Hebrews never calls Jesus King! The word "king" only appears in Hebrews 7, and it is talking about someone else. Have you ever heard the expression "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a duck?" Let's continue with our study of Hebrews 1 which describes Jesus in the same terms you would use to describe a king.

Lesson 3: Jesus, One of Us (Hebrews 2)
Last week we learned that Jesus is fully God. He is not an angel. Instead, angels are His heavenly subjects. This week, Hebrews turns to the subject of Jesus being fully human. Let's dive into the Bible and learn more about our Lord!

Lesson 4: Jesus, Higher and Better (Hebrews 3)
Many years ago, a couple in the church invited us over to their home. It was important, because he was the chairman of the school board where my wife was teaching. After spending an afternoon with them, I decided that I did not particularly care for the fellow because he had such a strong pride of opinion. Have you run into people like that? Superior, "know-it-alls?" The more I thought about it the more I realized that the reason this fellow rubbed me the wrong way was that he was too much like me! While Christians agree that an attitude of superiority is not good, our lesson this week impresses us again with Jesus' superiority. This time, Hebrews argues Jesus is superior to Moses. It was quite the claim for the time. Let's dive into our study and find out why the superiority of Jesus is so important!

Lesson 5: Jesus, Our High Priest (Hebrews 5&7)
What is Jesus doing right now in Heaven? Hebrews tells us Jesus is in Heaven working as our High Priest. How can Jesus be our High Priest since He does not have the proper credentials? He came "from" the tribe of Judah, not Levi. Priests come from the tribe of Levi, right? Are all priests the descendants of Levi? Solving this problem with Jesus involves a Bible mystery man. Let's jump into our lesson and solve these mysteries!

Lesson 6: Sanctuary Language in Hebrews (Hebrews 9)
"What was that all about?" Have you ever asked yourself that question? Many years ago a church member discussed with me my understanding of a Bible text. She wanted to convince me I had reached the wrong conclusion about the text. She started out describing her father and what an important man he had been in the church. At the time, I could not grasp what the reference to her father was all about. Her father had nothing to do with understanding the Bible text. Later, when I reviewed the entire conversation in my mind, I realized that her point about her father was that he was an important man and therefore she was also important. I should consider her opinion more valuable now that I knew the identity of her father. The writer of Hebrews has a "what was that all about?" question for us this week. He asks us to contemplate the "big picture" of the sanctuary service of the Old Testament and consider "what that was all about?" Let's dive in and see what we can learn!

Lesson 7: Jesus and the Covenant (Hebrews 8)
We are bombarded all the time with "new and improved" products. Offers for better deals come flying at us through the radio, television and newspapers. Did you know that in the Bible we find an offer of a new deal? A new and improved promise from God? Let's jump into our study of the book of Hebrews and find out about this new offer!

Lesson 8: Jesus and the Sanctuary (Hebrews 9 & 10)
This week Hebrews teaches us more about Jesus' work in the heavenly sanctuary. At first we seem to be dealing with estate planning, then we find out that every one of us can be that lucky relative who inherited a windfall! What happens if we turn down the windfall? When is Jesus doing what in the heavenly sanctuary? Let's jump into our study and find out!

Lesson 9: Jesus' Ministry and the Sanctuary (Hebrews 7, 10, 12)
"Faster access." Since GoBible is an Internet ministry, all of you who read this lesson no doubt want the fastest possible access to your Internet data. Have you ever given thought to "faster access," or "better access," when it comes to your relationship with God? The book of Hebrews has been teaching us about the parallel between the earthly and heavenly sanctuaries. This parallel has a lot to teach us about our access to God. Let's dive into our lesson and see what we can learn!

Lesson 10: Jesus, Our Sacrifice and Salvation (Hebrews 9, 10, 12 & Leviticus 17)
If you are a Christian, the idea of the blood of Jesus cleansing you from sin is a familiar concept. Think about this idea as if you had never heard of it before. The blood cleanses.... Does that make any sense? Can blood clean anything? Just before I left on a trip to present a seminar on religious liberty, I decided late in the day to shave with a new razor. Either something was wrong with the new razor, or something was wrong with me. I ended up bleeding heavily almost all the way across my throat. Did I think, "Good, that will help to keep my white shirt clean and pure?" Of course not. Why does the Bible say the blood of Jesus cleanses us? Let's dive into Hebrews and find out!

Lesson 11: Jesus, Our Assurance (Hebrews 11)
Hebrews 11, the "faith chapter," is probably the most famous chapter in the book of Hebrews. What is the relationship between faith and assurance? What examples of faith should we consider? What is the explanation when faith seems to let us down? How can we still be assured when things have gone terribly wrong? What has Jesus done for us that gives us ultimate assurance? Let's jump into our study and find out.

Lesson 12: Jesus and the Christian Walk (Hebrews 12)
Last week, in Hebrews 11 we learned the importance of our faith in Jesus. That faith will help us through good and bad times. This week, Hebrews 12 turns our attention to the importance of right living and specific reasons why things sometimes go "wrong" in our life. Let's dive into our study and find out more!

Lesson 13: Jesus and Our Future (Hebrews 13)
We come to the end of our study of the book of Hebrews. What have we learned so far? That the Old Testament sanctuary service was both a prophecy of the sacrificial death of Jesus our Messiah, and a symbol of what Jesus is presently doing as our High Priest in the parallel sanctuary in heaven. What is the "end game" for these two concepts? Isn't it eternal life with Jesus? What better note to end on than that! As we anxiously wait for Jesus' return, what should we be doing? Let's jump into the conclusion to Hebrews!

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