This morning, I felt drawn to Hebrews 10 in the Bible, mostly verses 26-31. However, before I get into Hebrews, I want to point out some of the questions I and others should ask and answer as we read.
Who wrote Hebrews?
Who is Hebrews written to?
Why or what reason(s) was Hebrews written?
Is what I am reading relative to other Christians and me today? And how?
To answer these questions for new Christians, seekers, non-believers, and to remind mature Christians what the answers are:
We do not know who wrote Hebrews. Some think it was Apostle Paul, but the author does not identify himself.
On aside: I always think of a friend of mine who loves brew coffee when I think of who wrote Hebrews with this saying, he brews, she brews, no one knows who wrote Hebrews. Further, I am getting most of my information from my NIV study Bible which has an introduction at the beginning of each chapter. It also has commentary at the bottom of each page for verses on that page. You should be able to get the same answers by asking Google or any other source.
Onward. According to the introduction, the theme or reason Hebrews was written is the “absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ as the revealer and mediator of God’s grace.” Also, Hebrews is mostly “address to Jewish converts who were familiar with the Old Testament.” Trust me, from personal experience, if you are not somewhat familiar with the OT, Hebrews will be hard to understand when reading it. However, most of Hebrews can directly address new and mature Christians today and be relative to seekers and non-believers.
Okay, now go read Hebrews 10 and see what you can get from it.
“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Some other things I thought about while reading the Bible this morning.
Who is the preacher or minister preaching to on Sundays in church? New and/or mature Christians? Non-believers and/or those seeking to know Jesus but are not Christians yet? For preachers and ministers, ask this question: Who is my audience, and how should I be speaking and teaching them?
Another question came to mind. What is corporate worship, and who is it for and why? God? Christians? Non-believers? Seekers? You probably going to get different personal perspectives? However, should not all the perspectives be from the Bible.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Peach and love my friends.