Hebrews 8 Study Sheet

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.

OUTLINE

I. New Priest, New Law (8:1-7)

A. The new priest (1-3).

B. The new law (4-7).

II. Prophecy Fulfilled (8:8-13)

A. Jeremiah predicted the coming of the new covenant (8-12).

B. When the prophecy was made, the Mosaic covenant became “old” (13)

QUESTIONS

  1. What is the main point that the writer had been emphasizing (8:1)?
  2. Where is our High Priest (8:1)?
  3. What is the primary responsibility of a High Priest (8:3)?
  4. Could Jesus have been a priest on earth under the Levitical system (8:4; 7:14)?
  5. How does Christ’s ministry to compare to that of the Levitical priests (8:6)?
  6. How does the new covenant compare to the old (8:6)?
  7. Why was the new covenant given (8:7)?
  8. Hebrews 8:8-12 is a quotation of what Old Testament passage?
  9. What did the announcement of a coming “new” covenant make the Law of Moses (8:13)?
  10. What are “old” things destined to do (8:13)?

APPLICATION

It is not often that a writer of one of the New Testament documents identifies his main point for you. The Hebrews writer does that for us in 8:1. His main point is to emphasize that we Christians are not without representation before God. We have a High Priest and he is seated at the right hand of God in heaven. He offered himself as our sacrifice, serves in a better ministry than the Levitical priests, and has mediated a better covenant based on better promises (8:6-7). And all of that is in harmony with what God had said since the days of Jeremiah (8:8-12). We are blessed indeed to have God’s own Son as our representative in heaven!

Hebrews 7 Study Sheet

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.

OUTLINE

I. The Superiority of Melchizadek (7:1-10)

A. He has a “perpetual” priesthood (1-3).

B. He has an impeccable character (4-10).

II. The Change in the Priesthood (7:11-22)

A. To change the priesthood is to change the law (11-14).

B. With the change in priesthood there comes a better hope (15-22).

III. The Improvement of the Priesthood (7:23-28)

A. The permanence of Christ’s priesthood (23-24)

B. The permanence of Christ’s sacrifice (25-28)

 QUESTIONS

  1. What two offices did Melchizadek hold (7:1)?
  2. What did Melchizadek’s name and offices mean (7:2)?
  3. When Melchizadek and Abraham met, what two things happened indicating that Melchizadek was superior to Abraham (7:4-7, note esp. verse 6)?
  4. What did the appointment of Jesus as High Priest imply about the Levitical priesthood (7:11)?
  5. The change in priesthood necessitated in change in what else (7:12)?
  6. From what Jewish tribe did Jesus come (7:13-14)?
  7. The priesthood of Jesus is based on the power of what (7:16)?
  8. What terms does the writer use to describe the Law of Moses in 7:18?
  9. With the bringing in of a better priesthood and better law came a better what (7:19)?
  10. Jesus is the personal guarantee of a better what (7:22)?
  11. What does Jesus live to do (7:25)?
  12. How is Jesus described in 7:26?
  13. How does the sacrifice of Jesus differ from those offered by the Levitical priests (7:27)?
  14. What is the difference between the Levitical priests and Jesus, according to 7:28?

APPLICATION

Just a casual reading of Hebrews 7 confirms what the writer said in 5:11 – there are things about Melchizadek that are hard to understand. While we may not be able to reach firm conclusions on every question that we may have about this ancient personality, the study itself is fascinating. It should compel us to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). It’s a study that ought to lead us to examine the scriptures daily (Acts 17:11).