Study written by Pastor Jim Fryer of Independent Bible Baptist Church, Pittsburg, KS
What we need today are those who name the name of Christ to be confident in their faith and not move and sway with every wind of doctrine. The Book of Hebrews will ground us in the fact that no matter what religious idea we have it pales in comparison to Jesus Christ. He is better and because of this we can be confident that we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.
Why study the Book of Hebrews?
1. It is a book evaluation.
2. It is a book of exhortation.
3. It is a book of examination.
4. It is a book of expectation.
The focus on this book is the future. (Heb. 2:5; Heb. 11:10-16, 26)
We are pilgrims on a journey. He wants us to turn loose from the things of this world and stop depending on them. Abraham and Lot exhibit two attitudes in Genesis 13 and 14 concerning the world.
Notice Lot’s life: He was a religious man (2 Peter 2:7,8) He made a worldly choice (Gen. 13:10, 11). He associated with evil men. (Gen. 13:12, 13; 19:1) He had a narrow escape from destruction. (Gen 19:17) He lost his wife and children. (Gen. 19:24-38)
Jim Elliot, martyred by the Auca Indians, said this: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Notice some characteristics of Abraham’s life: Obedience–He left home and friends at the call of God–Gen. 12:4. Unselfishness–He gave Lot the first choice of the land–Gen. 13:9. Courage–defeated the kings (Gen. 14:14); Benevolence–gave tithes to Melchizedek the priest (Gen. 14:20); Incorruptibility–refused to receive gifts for services rendered (Gen. 14:23); Mighty in prayer (Gen. 18:23-33); Strong in faith-was willing to offer up his son Issac (Heb. 11:17).
God’s people should live with the expectation of rewards in the future. Abraham obeyed God. He looked for a city. (Heb 11:10) Moses forsook the treasures of Egypt (“He had respect for the recompense of the reward.” Heb. 11:26) Great women and men of the faith “obtain a better resurrection”. (Heb. 12:2) Jesus–“for the joy that was set before Him.” (Heb. 12:2)
The emphasis in the Book of Hebrews is “Don’t live for what the world will promise you today! Live for what God has promised you in the future!” Jesus exemplified this attitude. (Heb. 12:2)
This letter is not a diet for “spiritual babes”. (Heb. 5:11-14) The emphasis is not on what christ did on the earth “the milk” but what He is doing now in heaven. (Heb.4:14-16) He is the Great High Priest. He is also the Great Shepherd of the sheep who equips us to do His will. (Heb. 13:20-21) He is working in us to accomplish His purposes. (Phil. 1:6; I Thess. 5:24)
Dr. A. W. Tozer said, “Every man must choose his world.” True believers (Heb. 6:5) which means that we have no interest in or appetite for the present sinful world system. (I John 2:15-17)
Abraham chose the right world and became the father of the faithful. (Heb. 11:17-19) and Lot chose the wrong world and became the father of the enemies of God’s people. (Gen. 19:30-38)
Abraham became the friend of God. (IIChron. 20:7) but Lot became the friend of the world and lost everything. (I Cor. 3:15)