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Posts from September 2020

Hebrews 3b – The “Unbelief” of Psalm 95

In my sermon today, I summarized the flow of thought in Hebrews 3:7-19 like this: 1) The unbelief and hard hearts of the first-generation Israelites led them to lose out on the reward of rest. 2) Christian believers, likewise, can be deceived by sin, resulting in unbelief, hard hearts and loss of reward. 3) To avoid this, Christians must regularly encourage one another and hold firm their confidence in the Gospel. The text I preached ended with the statement: “So…

Hebrews 3a – An Allusion to Numbers 12:7 in Hebrews 3:2

We have seen a number of overt quotations in the book of Hebrews (I keep a catalog comparing them on the blog here—I’ll update it as I work throughout the book). In Hebrews 3:2, however, we have an allusion to a specific text, not an explicit quotation. The verse reads, “He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house” (NASB). Many commentators note the similarity this verse has with Numbers 12:7. Let’s look at that…

Hebrews 2b – Quoting Psalm 8

This blog started out as a “Cutting Room Floor” of my sermons—stuff that I left out of the sermon because it was too deep, took too much time, or was simply not directly related to the main focus of the sermon.  If I were to follow that line of thinking directly, the true “cutting room floor” of this week’s sermon will be next week’s sermon!  I originally intended to preach all the rest of Hebrews 2, down through the end…

Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews?

HISTORICAL WITNESSES 1) Clement of Rome (AD 96) Most scholars believe that Clement of Rome wrote the letter called 1 Clement in 96 AD.  In that letter, he quotes a significant portion of the book of Hebrews. 1 Clement 36:1-6 This is the way, dearly beloved, wherein we found our salvation, even Jesus Christ the High priest of our offerings, the Guardian and Helper of our weakness. 2 Through Him let us look steadfastly unto the heights of the heavens;…