Chapter two of Hebrews begins:
“Therefore we must pay the closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”
And what is it that we must not drift away from ?
In our study of Philippians we learned:
“5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
The Letter to the Hebrews reinforces the lessons we learned in Philippians. Our scripture studies are NOT a history lessons. We are not reading the story of a great man who sought to bring peace to the world and changed the world. We are NOT studying Hebrews so we can pass a final exam at the end of the class.
Hebrews, Philippians, all of the Scriptures is God personally reaching out to each and every one of us to give us the gift of His love and salvation. It is a personal invitation to an everlasting relationship.
The Letter to Hebrews is written to a people who are in danger of losing faith. It is a letter written to us, for we are always in danger of losing faith. We lose faith because we are impatient, we are fickle, and we are easily distracted. We are easily influenced, we are afraid.
We look back at the Old Testament and laugh at the foolishness of the Israelites. Despite all of the miracles God performed in their presence through Moses, they were easily influenced and quickly returned to worship the Golden Calf and so they wandered in the...