Category: Sermon Notes

Hebrews 3

Hebrews 3:1-19

The Son Greater Than the Servant (3:1-6)…
Here, Jesus is compared with the great Lawgiver and Mediator, Moses. The mention of their national hero caused the Jewish Christians to remember their deliverance from Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and their arrival in the Promised Land. Moses is described as “faithful in all God’s house” (v. 2, as well as Num. 12:6-7) as a servant. Jesus is no mere servant; He is the Son and Heir of all things (Heb.

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Hebrews 2:5-18

God’s Original Intention For Man

These verses make clear that salvation belongs to mankind rather than the angels, and that Jesus is the “founder of our salvation.”  The author of Hebrews quotes Psalm 8 to prove his point.  King David, in the original context of this Psalm, is marveling that God would exalt lowly man, when man is clearly not the top of the food chain.  When we see the works of the hands of God Himself, and then see the angels alongside Him, why should we (mankind) even have a place at the table?  …

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Hebrews 2:1-4

Hebrews 2:1-4
Drifting Away

This is the first of five warning passages in the book of Hebrews (2:1–4, 3:7–4:13, 5:11–6:12, 10:19–39, 12:1–29).  These passages are important for the reader to understand.   They not only comfort the Christian, but discomfort the disengaged.

The use of the term “drift” is nautical.  We must remember that the ship is one of the earliest christian symbols that we know of.  This is partly due to the profession of fisherman that many of the earliest disciples were known for.  …

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Hebrews 1:4-14

Hebrews 1:4-14
Jesus is better than angels

Who are angels?

Angels are mentioned over 100 times in the Old Testament.  They are beings, who like us, were created by God (Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 148:2-5).  The angels were created early enough to see God create the world (Job 38:4-7).  Angels are mostly invisible to humanity, but at times they can be seen (Numbers 22:31, 2 Kings 6:17).  Also, in most cases where God uses angels to speak with mankind, they will appear in human form (Genesis 19:1).  …

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Hebrews 1:1-3

The Introduction of Jesus Christ
Hebrews 1:1-3

While Hebrews begins with one long and flowing Greek sentence that encompasses the first 4 verses, we will only attempt to look at verses 1 through 3.  It is easy to read through these initial verses with ease, but we must stop to appreciate the depth of how our author makes his first impression of Jesus Christ upon us.  There are 7 major big ideas about Jesus in these 3 verses.  …

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JESUS IS BETTER | Week One

A Study of the Book of Hebrews

What kind of book is Hebrews?

The book of Hebrews is written out of a personal relationship its author has with its recipients.  It also contains a typical final greeting that is common amongst ancient correspondence.  Therefore, there is good reason to see Hebrews as a personal letter.  However, this personal letter doesn’t begin with the familiar opening that letters should possess.  This fact has been the impetus for most Bible scholars to classify Hebrews as a Homily, or Homiletical letter.  …

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 10-12

Daniel has a final vision that is recorded in this book that bears his name.  This vision covers the final 3 chapters of the book.  The word is given to him (10:1), but there is a long explanation in chapter 10 of how the interpretation is revealed through prayer and angelic witness.  Many use Daniel 10 as a primer on spiritual warfare.  We should take note that God uses our prayers to manipulate the heavenly wars to move according to His will (Ephesians 6:12, 2 Kings 6:15-19).  …

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 9:20-27

The prophecy of the 70 weeks in this text is incredibly difficult to interpret and many explanations have been put forth.  In fact, an early church leader named Jerome detailed 9 such explanations as early as the fourth century A.D.   Time hasn’t changed much.  While this text is difficult, the rewards are rich for those who don’t get bogged down in running the numbers and instead see the saving theme of Jesus Christ within these verses.

Let me remind you that this is an apocalyptic text.  …

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OUTSIDERS |Daniel 9

The fact that God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men is one thing we have seen clearly and consistently throughout our study of the book of Daniel.  There is a common objection certain people seem to have when faced with the sovereignty of God.  They ask, “why should we pray if God already knows what is happening and what He will do next?”  What we see from our text today is that Daniel prays, and is in fact drawn to prayer, specifically because of God’s sovereignty.  …

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 8

This chapter contains the second vision that Daniel records during the reign of the Babylonian king Belshazzar.  His first vision concerned 4 earthly kingdoms covering a large expanse of human history. This new vision concentrates upon several hundred years of specific history concerned with 2 of those earthly kingdoms… the Medo-Persian Empire, and Greece.  Daniel sees a ram with two horns, one larger than the other.  The archangel Gabriel interprets that this ram represents the Medes and Persians.  One horn is larger than the other because Persia becomes the dominant nation within the arrangement.  …

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