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. 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).
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)?
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?