The following is a simple study sheet that contains a brief outline of the chapter and a few questions that focus on the text. One of the first and most important parts of good Bible study is observation. What does the text say? Until we know what the text says, it is fruitless to try to discover what it means and how it applies. Most of the questions are designed to do little more than help the reader observe the text. There may be an occasional question that asks for deeper meaning or application.
I. Jesus is Superior to Moses (3:1-6)
A. Both Moses and Jesus were faithful (3:1-2).
B. But Jesus is worthy of more honor (3:3-6).
1. Just as a builder has more honor than the house he builds (3:3-4)
2. Just as a son has more honor than a servant (3:5-6)
II. A History Lesson (3:7-11)
A. A quotation from Psalm 95:7-11
B. During the wilderness wanderings, the Hebrews developed hard hearts.
III. A Warning (3:12-19)
A. Be careful that you do not develop a hard heart like they did (3:12).
B. Instead, encourage each other and hold fast to Jesus (3:13-14).
C. To develop a hard heart could excite the anger of God and result in a forfeiture of future blessing (3:15-19).
1. How does the writer refer to the recipients in 3:1?
2. How does the writer refer to Jesus in 3:1?
3. What characteristic do Jesus and Moses share (3:2)?
4. How does the writer affirm the deity of Jesus in 3:3-4?
5. How do we maintain our place in God’s house according to 3:6? (Hint: note the “if” statement)
6. How does the writer affirm the inspiration of scripture in 3:7?
7. According to 3:12, is it possible to fall away from God?
8. What can consistent encourage prevent (3:13)?
9. A word is repeated in verses 7, 13, and 15 that emphasizes the urgency of listening to God, encouraging each other, and maintaining a soft heart. What word is it?
10. Why were the Hebrews not able to enter the Promised Land (3:19)?
Most Christians recognize their need to grow (2 Pet. 3:18). Most Christians understand that it’s possible to drift away from the Lord (Heb. 2:1-2). But I wonder how many of us feel a strong sense of urgency to address our spiritual growth. In this chapter, the writer tries to impress on his readers how important it is to address their wavering faith “today” (3:7, 13, 15).
What can you do today to improve your spiritual health? Make a list. Prioritize it. Then invest the time and energy to deepen your relationship with Jesus.