Having Done the Impossible, Why Not Trust Him for All Else? (Bible Study)
Use an illustration, example or story that is appropriate for your audience. If you are preparing for a bible study, I suggest that you start with a question that will stimulate discussion.
Read: Hebrews 1:5 – 14
- To what is Jesus being primarily compared in this passage? Why do you think that is so?
- What examples come to mind when you think of angels appearing in the bible, especially in the Old Testament? (Gen. 18 Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham; Daniel 4, pool at Bethesda, Jesus after his desert trial).
- What were some of their purposes? (to destroy, to communicate God’s message, to bring comfort)
- From Hebrews 1:5-14, in what ways does the author show that Jesus is superior to angels?
- Heb. 1:5 ( 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:26, 27)– Jesus is conferred with sonship.
- Heb. 1:6-7 (Deut. 32:43 (Gk.); Ps. 97:7, 104:4) – Jesus is worshipped by angels.
- Heb 1:8-9 (Ps. 45:6, 7) – Jesus is King.
- Heb 1:10-12 (Ps. 102:25-27) – Jesus is Eternal.
- Heb 1:13-14 (Ps. 110:1) – Jesus has complete power and victory (unlike angels in Dan. 4 who needed help to overcome enemies).
Read Hebrews 2:1-4
- What was the message delivered by angels? And how did it prove “reliable”. (Acts 7:52-53, everything happened to the law contained in it. Blessing for obedience, punishment for sin, comfort for sinners, judgment for the rebellious etc.)
- In what ways are the consequences of Jesus’ message greater? In what way could the punishment for rejecting salvation be greater than that of rejecting the OT law?
- Why was it necessary that God accompanied his message signs and wonders?
Read Hebrews 2:6-9
- From verse 6-9, in what ways did Jesus become “lower than the angels” (Psalm 8:4-6)?
- How did Jesus come to be better than angels if at one point he was lower than them? How did he accomplish this incredible feat?
- Why were angels not able to “taste death for everyone”?
- Read Hebrews 2:10-18
- What is the author referring to in verses 10-13? Why did Jesus need to be made “perfect through suffering” (v.11)? Was he not perfect already? (ref. Heb. 4 and 5 ).
- When God looks at you, what do verses 11-13 say about what he thinks of you?
- If Jesus was able to succeed in this most impossible of tasks, obtaining forgiveness and salvation, how should this be a comfort to you for every other aspect of your life?
Secondary and Tertiary Applications/Food for thought
One of the raging debates over the last few years has been about how hierarchies, particularly in America and other western societies, came to exist. There are some who say that nations like America and those who make it to the top of businesses, organizations etc. do so only because they use power to get there, and the only reason they succeed is because they oppress others. How did Jesus rise to the top of the hierarchy of all things?