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Day 7: Hebrews 11:1-19

Read: Hebrews 11:1-19 again.

Think: 

  • What words or phrases in this passage would you like to understand better? If you have time and a good commentary available, consider looking up those words and phrases and jotting down a summary of what you learn.
     
  • Go back and look at the Big Idea you wrote on Thursday. Is it on the target or is it a bull’s eye? If not, how does your study of these verses help you refine it into a bull’s eye?
     
  • When we tell the stories of the heroes of the Old Testament, we tend to focus on their actions. Abel brought the best offering, Noah built the ark, Abraham left everything to do what God said, waited for God to give him a child, then was willing to sacrifice that child when God commanded him to. According to Hebrews 11:1-19, what is missing from our telling of these Old Testament “hero” stories?

Day 6: Hebrews 11:1-19

Read: Hebrews 11:1-19 again

Think:

  • Verse 13 claims that all the OT people mentioned in verses 1-12 “were still living by faith when they died.” What evidence does the author of Hebrews cite in verses 13b-16a to prove that they were still living in faith when they died?
     
  • According to verse 16b, how does God regard these people who lived by faith until they died without receiving the promises?
     
  • According to verse 16c, how do we know that God is not ashamed of these people who died in faith?
     
  • According to verse 17, what did faith motivate Abraham to do when God commanded him to offer Isaac?
     
  • According to verses 18-19, how was Abraham able to obey God’s command to offer Isaac despite how the command conflicted with God’s promise?

Day 5: Hebrews 11:1-19

Read: Hebrews 11:1-19 again.

Think: 

  • Verses 8-9 list a number of things that Abraham did “by faith”. In the space below, list as many of those things as you see in the passsage:
     
  • Verse 10 explains why Abraham did all these things. What, according to verse 10, was Abraham looking for “by faith”?
     
  • Verse 11 describes that faith allowed Sarah to have Isaac despite the fact that she was too old. According to verse 11b, what enabled Sarah to have faith that this could happen?
     
  • According to verse 12, what was the result of Abraham & Sarah’s faith?

Day 4: Hebrews 11:1-19

Read: Hebrews 11:1-19 again.

Think:

  • According to verse 5, what happened to Abel because of his faith?
     
  • Verse 6 explains why Abel is described as one who “pleased God”. Verse 6 draws a conclusion for anyone based on Abel’s life. What is that conclusion?
     
  • Verse 6b explains the conclusion in verse 6a. What is the explanation that verse 6b gives?
     
  • According to verse 7, what two things did Noah do by faith?

Day 3: Hebrews 11:1-19

Read: Hebrews 11:1-19 again.

Think: 

  • Verse 4a describes Abel’s offering as “better than” Cain’s offering. According to verse 4a, what made it better than Cain’s?
     
  • Verse 4b says that God commended Abel as righteous. According to verse 4b, what made him righteous—his gifts or something else?
     
  • Verse 4c says that “Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.” According to verse 4c, what enables him to speak? 
     
  • What do you think verse 4c means when it says that “Abel still speaks, even though he is dead”?

Day 2: Hebrews 11:1-19

Read: Hebrews 11:1-19 again.

Think: 

  • According to verse 3, what is faith’s role in understanding the origin of the universe?
     
  • According to verse 3, how do we account for the existence of the material universe around us?
     
  • Based on verse 3, is it possible the people could reason their way to belief in creation by God? Why or why not?
     
  • According to verse 3, what did the visible world and universe come from?

Day 1: Hebrews 11:1-19

Read: Hebrews 11:1-19

Think:

  • What is the implied question in these verses?
     
  • How is that question answered in these verses?
     
  • Write your answer to the two “think” questions above into a one sentence summary of Hebrews 11:1-19.
     
  • Verse 1 defines what faith is. In your own words, what is faith according to verse 1?
     
  • Verse 2 serves as summary for the entire chapter of Hebrews 11. According to verse 2, when we consider the “heroes” of the Old Testament, what was it about them that pleased God. Was it their good works?

Day 7: Hebrews 10:26-39

Read: Hebrews 10:26-39 again.

Think: 

  • What words or phrases in this passage would you like to understand better? If you have time and a good commentary available, consider looking up those words and phrases and jotting down a summary of what you learn.
     
  • Go back and look at the Big Idea you wrote on Thursday. Is it on the target or is it a bull’s eye? If not, how does your study of these verses help you refine it into a bull’s eye?
     
  • This is another one of those sobering warning passages in the book of Hebrews. The most concerning aspect of it is verse 26 which says, “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left…”. Based on what verse 39 says, however, what must “deliberately keep on sinning” refer to? Is it any sin at all or something more specific?

Day 6: Hebrews 10:26-39

Read: Hebrews 10:26-39 again

Think:

  • Verse 36 told us to persevere in order to “receive what he has promised”. Verse 37 gives us some motivation to persevere by alluding to Isaiah 26:20 and Habakkuk 2:3. According to these verses, when will those who persevere “receive what he has promised”?
     
  • Verse 38 quotes from Habakkuk 2:4 (in the Septuagint) and contrasts two types of people. Who are they?
  1. The “__________ one will live by __________”
     
  2. the “one who __________ __________.”
  • Verse 39 concludes this paragraph. According to verse 39, of the two types of people described in verse 38, to which type does the author of Hebrews believe his readers belong?

Day 5: Hebrews 10:26-39

Read: Hebrews 10:26-39 again.

Think: 

  • Verse 35 gives a conclusion. Since the cost of following Christ has been so high, they should “not throw away your confidence”. What do you think this phrase means?
     
  • According to verse 35b, what is the reward for not throwing away their confidence?
     
  • Verse 36 restates the conclusion of verse 35 in a command-result form. What is the command in verse 36?
     
  • What does it mean to “persevere” in verse 36?
     
  • In verse 36b, what is the condition that must be satisfied before the believers who persevere receive the results?
     
  • What is the result that verse 36c offers for those who persevere?

Day 4: Hebrews 10:26-39

Read: Hebrews 10:26-39 again.

Think:

  • Verse 32 begins with an encouraging command to “remember” a time when two things were true. What are those two things according to verse 32?

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  • What event in the lives of these believers is the author describing in verse 32 with the two phrases above?
  • Verses 33-34 explain the phrase in verse 32 “when you endured a great conflict full of suffering” by listing ways in which they suffered. List all of those ways below:

Day 3: Hebrews 10:26-39

Read: Hebrews 10:26-39 again.

Think: 

  • Verses 28-30 explain why only judgment is left (v. 27) for those who “deliberately keep on sinning” (v. 26). What reason is given to explain God’s judgment in verses 28-29a?
     
  • Verse 29b-d give us three reasons why “someone deserves to be punished”. What are those three reasons?
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  • Verses 30-31 explain that God’s judgment in this situation is based on His character. In your own words, what about God’s character calls for this kind of judgment?

Day 2: Hebrews 10:26-39

Read: Hebrews 10:26-39 again.

Think: 

  • Verse 26 begins with a conditional situation that starts with the word “if”. What is the conditional situation that this paragraph is addressing, according to verse 26a?
     
  • The second phrase in verse 26 tells us when this situation is relevant which is “after we have received the knowledge of the truth”. What do you think this phrase is referring to?
     
  • Verse 26c-27a tells us two things that are true if we meet the conditions of verse 26a-b. One is negative (“no”) and the other is positive. What are those two things that are “left”:
  1. Verse 26c:
     
  2. Verse 27a:
  • Verse 27b explains the word “judgment”. What judgment exactly is described in verse 27b?

Day 7: Hebrews 10:19-25

Read: Hebrews 10:19-25 again.

Think: 

  • What words or phrases in this passage would you like to understand better? If you have time and a good commentary available, consider looking up those words and phrases and jotting down a summary of what you learn.
     
  • Go back and look at the Big Idea you wrote on Thursday. Is it on the target or is it a bull’s eye? If not, how does your study of these verses help you refine it into a bull’s eye?
     
  • Verse 23 urges us to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess” based on the fact that God “who called you is faithful.” What about the faithfulness of God allows us to hold on to our hope of salvation?
     
  • Since it is God’s faithfulness that causes us to hold to the hope of salvation, what should we do when our confidence about salvation is weak?

Day 6: Hebrews 10:19-25

Read: Hebrews 10:19-25 again

Think:

  • Verse 25 clarifies one way in which we can “spur one another on toward love and good deeds”. What is that way according to verse 25?
     
  • Verse 25 tells us to encourage each other “all the more as you see the Day approaching”. What do you think this “Day” is a reference to?
     
  • In what ways might we see this “Day” approaching?

Day 5: Hebrews 10:19-25

Read: Hebrews 10:19-25 again.

Think: 

  • Verse 22 also describes two kinds of cleansing that should accompany our manner of approaching God. What are those two types of cleansing? What do you think each one means?
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  • Verse 23 states the second exhortation, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess”? What reason is given in verse 23 for this exhortation?
     
  • Verse 24 gives us the third exhortation, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on.” What two things are we to “spur one another on toward”?