Hebrews 9 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 Tabernacle (9:1-5)

A. The holy place described (1-2)

B. The holy of holies described (3-5)

II. The Priestly Work (9:6-10)

A. Priests were regularly in the holy place (6)

B. Only the High Priest would enter the holy of holies (7)

C. The tabernacle is a symbol for the present (8-10)

III. The Superiority of Jesus (9:11-28)

A. A better tabernacle (11)

B. A better sacrifice (12-14, 23-28)

C. A better covenant (15-22)

QUESTIONS

1. What objects were kept in the holy place of the tabernacle (9:2)?

2. What objects were kept in the holy of holies (9:3-5)?

3. What did the High Priest do once a year (9:7)?

4. What could the sacrifices under the old covenant not do (9:9)?

5. Jesus is said to have entered what (9:11)?

6. How many times did Jesus enter the holy place with his own blood (9:12)?

7. What is able to cleanse our consciences from dead works (9:14)?

8. What must happen for a covenant to be valid (9:16)?

9. What kind of blood was used to sanctify the people, the law, and the tabernacle (9:19)?

10. It was necessary that “the heavenly things” be cleansed with what (9:23)?

11. Where has Christ entered (9:24)?

12. How often must Christ be offered to atone for sins (9:26-28)?

SUMMARY

Neil Lightfoot (Jesus Christ Today, p. 169) points out that within all of the details that the writer lays out in this chapter, there are four major facts emphasized with reference to the superiority of Christ’s sacrifice: (1) It has been offered in a greater and more perfect sanctuary (heaven). (2) It was a sacrifice of Christ’s own blood, not the blood of animals. (3) His sacrifice has made possible eternal redemption, not merely an annual reminder of sin. (4) It is, therefore, an offering that only needed to be made one time.

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).

Hebrews 6 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 Danger of Apostasy (6:1-8)

A. It is necessary to deepen our spiritual understanding (1-3).

B. Falling away places our souls in jeopardy (4-8).

II. Optimism for the Future (6:9-20)

A. There are reasons to be confident that Christians can remain faithful (9-10).

B. Encouragement to be faithful (11-12)

C. God’s promise to Abraham and the oath that undergirded it are two immutable things that support our hope for the future (13-20).

QUESTIONS

  1. What is the primary statement of encouragement in 6:1 (hint: “let us…”)?
  2. List the “elementary teaching” that the writer says we should move past (6:1-2).
  3. In 6:4-5, the writer lists five characteristics of those who could fall away. What are they?
  4. According to 6:6, is it possible for a person to pass a point of no return?
  5. What characteristic of God in 6:10 should encourage us to be faithful?
  6. What characteristics should we maintain all the way to the end (6:11)?
  7. What two characteristics will help us to inherit the promises (6:12)?
  8. How did God reinforce his promise to Abraham (6:13, 17)?
  9. What are the two “unchangeable things” that give us hope (6:18)?
  10. How does the writer describe our hope (6:19)?

APPLICATION

One of the beauties of Bible study is how it reveals the nature of God. Right in the middle of a frightening warning about the possibility of apostasy, the writer reminds us of several of God’s qualities that should ease our fears. Among them are these:

  • God blesses those who bear good fruit (6:7).
  • We are God’s beloved (6:9).
  • God has confidence in us (6:9).
  • God will not forget our loving ministry to others (6:10).
  • God will keep his promises (6:18).

These are not only characteristics that deserve our gratitude, they are also tremendous motivations for us to maintain our loyalty and commitment to Jesus.

Hebrews 5 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 Qualifications of a High Priest (5:1-4)

A. He offers sacrifices to God on behalf of men (1).

B. He is to deal gently with those he represents (2).

C. He offers sacrifices for himself, too (3).

D. He does not take the honor of service on himself; God appoints him (4).

II. Jesus is Qualified to Be High Priest (5:5-10)

A. God appointed him to this role (5-6).

B. He learned obedience through suffering (7-8).

C. This qualifies him to represent us as a High Priest like Melchizadek (9-10).

III. A Rebuke (5:11-14)

A. More could be said about Melchizadek, but the readers could not understand it (11).

B. Though they should be mature enough by now, they had not mastered the elementary principles of Christianity (12-14).

QUESTIONS

1. From where is a High Priest to be chosen (5:1)?

2. What is the primary duty of a High Priest (5:1)?

3. How is a High Priest to deal with those he represents (5:2)?

4. How does a man get to be a High Priest (5:4)?

5. The one who said to Jesus, “You are a priest” is the same one who said to him, “You are my Son” (5:5). Who is that?

6. The priesthood of Jesus is not after the order of Aaron, but whom (5:6)?

7. Through what experiences did Jesus learn obedience (5:8)?

8. For what group of people is Jesus the source, or author, of eternal salvation (5:9)?

9. Why was the information about Melchizadek hard for the readers to understand (5:11)?

10.What analogy does the writer use to illustrate the spiritual ignorance of the readers (5:12-14)?

APPLICATION

It is in this chapter that the writer begins in earnest to talk about what Jesus is doing for Christians in the present. One of the comforting realities to come out of this chapter is the ability of Jesus to understand us on a deep and personal level. Do you suffer? So did he. Is it sometimes hard to obey God? It was for him, too. Have your trials ever knocked you to your knees and caused you to cry out to God for help? Him, too. The original readers of this letter had a greater High Priest in Jesus than they would ever be able to find in the Levitical system. There is no religion or philosophy that offers mankind what Christianity offers – the Son of God as a compassionate, merciful, and understanding representative before God himself.

Spend some time meditating on that wonderful reality, then thank him for being there for you.

Hebrews 4 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. Trust is Crucial (4:1-2)

A. We must be careful not to fall short of our reward (1).

B. To do that, we must combine the hearing of God’s word with complete trust in it (2).

II. The Rest that Remains for the Christian (4:3-10)

A. God has rested from his creative work (3-5).

B. It remains that some are yet to enter his rest (6-10).

III. Warning and Motivation (4:11-16)

A. Be diligent to enter God’s rest (11).

B. Four incentives (12-16)

1. The powerful word of God (12)

2. The all-seeing eye of God (13)

3. Our great high priest (14-15)

4. The power of prayer (16)

QUESTIONS

1.    What is the significance of “therefore” in 4:1?

2.   Who should fear falling short of God’s rest (4:1)?

3.   Why did the good news not profit the Israelites of old (4:2)?

4.   Who will enter God’s rest (4:3)?

5.    What is the rest that yet remains for God’s people (4:9-10)?

6.   Does our entering God’s rest rely, to some extent, on our works? (4:11)?

7.   What characteristics does the writer attribute to the word of God (4:12)?

8.   Because Jesus is our high priest, what should we do (4:14)?

9.   Why is Jesus able to sympathize with us (4:15)?

10. Because Jesus is our high priest, how may we approach God’s throne of grace (4:16)?

APPLICATION

The writer made it clear that even though the ancient Hebrews heard the good news about the Promised Land, it didn’t make any difference because they did not really believe, or trust, in what they heard. Read the following passages: Ezekiel 33:30-33 and James 1:21-25. How do these passages harmonize with Hebrews 4:1-2? What are some concrete ways that you can make sure that you are combining faith with the hearing of the word?

Write down in your own words the significance of the four incentives in Hebrews 4:12-16. How can these things motivate you to greater service?

A Quick List: “Rest” in Hebrews 4

A “Quick List” is exactly what you might think: a simple list of facts taken from a passage of Scripture. These will not contain long explanations, only unadorned observations.

The word “rest” appears ten times in the NASB95 in the first eleven verses of Hebrews 4. Here is a quick list of what we learn about that rest.

  • It is God’s rest (4:1, 3, 5, 10). He began it after the creation week (4:3-4). It involved the cessation of his creative work (4:10).
  • It is for believers (4:3).
  • It is for God’s people (4:9).
  • It involves the cessation of our work (4:10).
  • It is not for the faithless (4:2) or disobedient (4:11).
  • It is not the land of Canaan (4:8).
  • It is a future blessing (4:1, 6, 9, 11).
  • It is possible to fall short of it (4:1, 11).

Hebrews 3 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. 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).

QUESTIONS

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)?

APPLICATION

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.

Hebrews 2 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. A Warning (2:1-4)

A. Pay attention to the words that God has spoken through his Son (2:1).

B. There is no escaping punishment otherwise (2:2-4).

II. Man Lost His Dominion Over Death (2:5-8)

A. In the beginning, God subjected the entire earthly environment to men.

B. But now we do not see everything subject to man.

III. Jesus Came to Fix What Men Broke (2:9-18)

A. Jesus became man to “taste of death” for everyone (2:9-10).

B. Jesus is not ashamed of our fraternal relationship (2:11-13).

C. Jesus became man to destroy the power of Satan, conquer our sin, and help us in our temptations (2:14-18).

QUESTIONS

1. What is the significance of “therefore” or “for this reason” in 2:1?

2. We are to pay close attention to “what we have heard” from whom (2:1)?

3. What is “the word spoken through angels” (2:2)?

4. What makes Christianity “great” (2:3)?

5. What gives New Testament teaching its authority (2:3-4)?

6. Hebrews 2:6-8 quotes what Old Testament passage?

7. Who is the “him” of Hebrews 2:6-8?

8. Over what did man lose his dominion when he was expelled from Eden?

9. What did Jesus do “for everyone” (2:9)?

10. What was the ultimate goal of the suffering of Jesus (2:10)?

11. What two things did Jesus accomplish in his death (2:14-15)?

12. Why was it necessary for Jesus “to be made like his brethren in all things” (2:17)?

APPLICATION

The writer’s warning in 2:1-4 becomes increasingly important when we realize that we can drift from spiritual safety through simple neglect. We do not have to wake up one morning and consciously decide to turn from God in order to lose our salvation. We can lose it a little at a time until we’ve lost it altogether. Think about some spiritual activities that we can find it easy to neglect. How can this neglect be detrimental? What are some ways that we can purposely increase our involvement in these activities?

Carefully read Hebrews 2:9-18 and list every characteristic that the writer attributes to Jesus. How do those characteristics affect your devotion to him?