Hebrews studies series

 

Hebrews 6:13-20

IN GOD WE TRUST

LESSON #12 in Hebrews – A complete study

 

s        What public figures do you trust and why?

s        What public figures do you not trust and why?

s        Name a personal friend that you trust and why.

s        Why can God be trusted above all others?

s        Why do we Christians fail to trust God when we should?

 

At a time when the Hebrew Christians were having their faith challenged, the author of Hebrews reminds them that God can be trusted in Hebrews 6:13-20.

Hebrews 6:12 tells them, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” He follows this verse up with the example of Abraham who discovered that God can be trusted.

GOD’S COMMITMENT TO ABRAHAM – Vss. 13a - 14

 

ü     Who was Abraham?  What were God’s initial promises to Him?

 

Genesis 12:1-3 - Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: [2] And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: [3] And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

   

ü     Abraham had many challenges in his life.  But the biggest challenge was offering up Isaac as a sacrifice. Genesis 22:1-14

ü     After Abraham had successfully passed the test, God made the promise found here in Vs. 14.

 

Genesis 22:15-18 - And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, [16] And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: [17] That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; [18] And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

 

ü     In what ways has Abraham’s seed been multiplied?

ü     How have all the nations been blessed?

 

Galatians 3:8-9 - And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. [9] So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

 

ABRAHAM’S CONFIDENCE IN GOD – Vs. 15

·        What is necessary for one to “patiently endure” as Abraham did?

·        During what situations did Abraham patiently endure?

·        How do we bolster our faith when that faith is being tested?

·        What Scripture verses do you know that tell you to put your confidence in God?

GOD’S CONFIRMATION TO ABRAHAM – Vss. 13b-16-17

F   What is an oath?

F   Was it ever necessary for God to swear?  Why did he He swear? See

     Vs. 17.

F   Why is an oath the end of all strife as Vs. 16 states?

F   What tangible oath or pledge has God given to believers?

 

Ephesians 1:14 - Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

   

OUR CONSOLATION IN CHRIST – Vss. 18-20

 

Ø     What are the two immutable things referred to in Vs. 18?

Ø     What is the strong consolation found in verse 18? Why is this a comfort?

Ø     How have Christians “fled for refuge”?

Ø     What is the hope set before us?

Ø      Where is our hope anchored?  Who is already there? Vss. 19-20

Ø     Why is Jesus’ high priesthood a comfort?