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Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in August of that year. He had left Babylon on April 8th and came to Jerusalem on August 4th for the gracious hand of God was on him. This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the law of the Lord and to teach those laws and regulations to the people of Israel. (Ezra 7:8-10)

What a great verse to show how Ezra took what he learned from God applied it to his own life and then shared it with other people. I can only pray this would be the same thing I would do. So many times I think that in order to do this it has to be in a “pastoral” or “preaching” arena, but it doesn’t. I can take what I learn and by displaying it or showing it in my everyday ordinary life make a huge impact for God. Imagine showing others how gossip is not good by not doing it and even telling others not to. Imagine being love by accepting anyone regardless of whether they are like you or not. I have a lot of work to become like Ezra. May God make into a man like Ezra.

IHS,

Keith

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Chapter 1 of Hebrews is exciting and no nonense. It immediately begins by telling us that though God has spoken in the past it was not complete until Christ. His Word was progressive in revelation until the fullness of Christ dwelt among man and spoke.

In verses 1-3 of chapter 1, we see that God is saying what greater revelation could He give to us than His son, Jesus Christ? In Christ, God becomes fully personal with mankind. Man is no longer dependent on prophets to reveal God to man. God reveals Himself to us, face to face. This verse can be connected with John 14 where Jesus expresses that ” He who has seen Me, has seen the Father”. In essence Christ is the final and best word of and on God. There will not be a better updated version down the road. He, Jesus, is the last word spoken in these final days.

It is also interesting to note that before Christ, God spoke in many varied ways to reveal Himself. We had the burning bush, the pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day, the ten commandments, Moses, judges, prophets, kings, etc, but now…Christ has come and the many ways are no longer needed. Christ is the sufficient all expressive word of the Living God. The quality of Jesus’ message is superior than that of any former revelation, because of His status as Son of God.

Hebrews is a complex and challenging book to study. It consists of only 13 chapters, but those chapters brings the believer into new depths and love for Christ and God. To understand some of the context of Hebrews some intro material might be helpful:

Author: unknown > some suggest Paul, others Apollos, the suggestions are not few and in no way unimaginative. But since no one knows for sure, the best response would be probably Paul, but really unknown.

Audience: this book was written to Jewish Believers and to Hellenistic Greek Jews.

Purpose: It is layered in its purpose. (1) Show the superiority of Christ over all people and things (2) encourage believers to maturity in the faith (3) keep believers, especially the Jewish believers, from relapsing back into the customs and requirements of Judaism.

IHS,

KG

Owen comments on the differences between the revelation of Law versus the revelation of the Gospel of Grace.

1. The Manner Law was given in many times and ways. It was progressive in revelation. The Gospel was given once and revealed through Christ only.

2. The Time/Season The Law was given in the past. The Gospel is for the present.

3. To Whom it was GivenThe Law was given to the forefathers. The Gospel was/is given to us.

4. Through WhomThe Law was through the prophets. The Gospel of Grace is given through Christ.

This should give us great peace and happiness, because Jesus is the very representative of God in character and nature.(1:3)  He is not any less God than God is. Therefore the revelation of the Gospel of Christ (Grace) takes precedence over the revelation of the Law and is the perfection of the revelation of God and the perfection of His will.

IHS,

KTJG

some resources on the book of Hebrews:

Hebrews Notes by Tom Constable

John Piper – Sermons / notes

Arthur Pink – Hebrews Verse by Verse

G. Campbell Morgan – Purity by the Cross: a Study in Hebrews

Sola scriptura

Last semester I was required to write a 30 page “mini” commentary on the entire book of First Corinthians. This semester the requirement is the same, but for the book of Hebrews. It was so enriching and inspiring to go through the entire book of 1st Cor. The lessons I learned are stored in my heart forever.

I am so excited about doing the same work for Hebrews. As I go through it this semester I plan on updating the blog with insights and reflections. My prayer is God will use this time for sanctification and molding of my imperfections and change them to match His Son’s.

Sola scriptura

My attempt for this year is to go completely through the Bible once. Of all the plans available I think the one I will go with is the one available from Discipleship Journal. It allows flexibility in the days each month, providing 5 free days per month for catch up and extra reflection.

IHS,

Keith

What I’m Reading

The Jesus Way: Conversations on the way that Jesus is the Way ~~Eugene Peterson _________________________________________ Let the Nations be Glad ~~John Piper _________________________________________

In the “Q”

Francis Schaeffer - True Spiritually ______________________________________

Bible Study / Devotional

Romans 1 ___________________________________________