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Hebrews 1-2


A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
                      The book of Hebrews is most likely written by someone other than Paul.  The style and content are different even though the teaching is consistent.  In A.D. 200, a Christian bishop leader named Tertullian wrote that the author was Barnabas.  This is possible as the necessary authority to write such a general letter as well as the knowledge of the Old Testament necessary to do so could easily be found in Paul’s first traveling companion. 
                        Hebrews is written to Jewish converts being tempted to add Jewish legal traditions to Christian teaching.  The key theme is that Jesus is the only mediator needed between God and us, and that as the final revelation of God, He fulfills all prophesy and provides the only atonement now needed for the forgiveness of sin.
                        Chapter 1 begins with praise for Christ’s place in God’s plan.  There can be no misunderstanding regarding Christ’s deity and supremacy. 
                        Chapter 2 begins with one of 5 warnings to those who would walk with God.  “We must pay more careful attention ... to what we have heard ... so we do not drift away.”  It is clear that the writer of Hebrews wants his readers to understand the need for faithfulness and commitment.  The chapter continues with an analysis of Psalm 8:4-6 to show the superiority of Christ over all angels and therefore His unique place. 
                        As you go through the day, consider the need to put yourself into your faith.  It is easy enough to accept God’s grace and certainly we have every motive to respond in devotion to Christ; however, there are many distractions and challenges which can move us off course.  Set a time each hour when you can meditate on your relationship with God and renew your commitment to walk with Him.
© A.  Eugene Pearson