INTRODUCTION TO THE MINOR PROPHETS

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					                             HEBREWS 10-13
III. THE SUPERIORITY OF WALKING BY FAITH (10:19-13:25).
        A. The Need For & Examples of Faith (10:19-11:40).
               1. Hold Fast Faith, Hope & Love (10:19-25).
               2. Fourth Warning: The Danger Of Turning Back (10:26-39).
               3. Definition & Examples of Faith (11:1-40).
        B. A Maturing Faith Endures Chastening (12:1-29).
               1. Christ's example Of Endurance (12:1-4).
               2. Exhortation To Endure God's Chastening (12:5-24).
               3. Fifth Warning: The Danger Of Refusing God (12:25-29).
        C. Final Exhortations (13:1-25).
               1. Proper Love Towards Others, God & Truth (13:1-17).
               2. Conclusion: Prayer, Peace & Plans (13:18-25).


QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 10:19-25
1. Why do we have boldness to enter the Holy Place (10:19-21)?


2. What is a "true heart" (10:22)?


3. With what is our heart "sprinkled" (10:22)? What is the result? When does this
       event take place?


4. How does "holding fast the confession of our hope" relate to fullness of faith
      (10:23)?


5. What characteristic of God helps us to hold fast (10:23)?


6. What loving duty do we have toward one another (10:24)?


7. What is one main way to "provoke" or "stir-up" one another to greater love &
     good works (10:25)?

8. If coming together is encouraging to others, what do we do to others when
        we do not come together?


9. (T) (F) This passage only refers to the Sunday morning assembly.
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10. Since Hebrews 10 teaches that even persecution should not hinder us from
       assembling, what can we say of the following?

      A. We are "not feeling well", but we are still able to go to work.


      B. We are "tired", but we are still able to go to work.


      C. We stayed up late on Saturday and are sleeping in Sunday morning.


      D. We have friends or relatives at our house this weekend.


11. What should motive us to be faithful "so much the more" (10:25)?


12. (T) (F) "Forsake" includes the idea of choosing to NOT do what we can and
               should do.

13. What does it show when we choose not to assemble with the saints?

      A. Love for God.
      B. Love for our brethren.
      C. Great spiritual strength and maturity.
      D. None of the above.


HEBREWS 10:26-39
14. If we choose to do sin after knowing the truth, what do we turn our backs on
        (10:26)?


15. (T) (F) Once you know the truth, you can never be lost.

16. What expectation awaits those who sin willfully (10:27)?


17. Who is considered an "adversary" (10:27)?


18. What penalty came to one who "set at naught" Moses' law (10:28)?


19. What "much sorer punishment" shall one receive who has rejected the Son of
      God (10:29)?
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20. How does this help refute the idea that to die is to cease to be?


21. When we turn back to sin, what 3 things do we "tread under foot",
      "count... as unholy", and "do despite" to (10:29)?


22. Even if our love for God & truth is not what it should be; what should help
      keep us from sin (10:30-31)?


23. (T) (F) Once you become a Christian, you no longer have to worry about
              problems (10:32-33).

24. What are some afflictions the Hebrew Christians had faced at the hands of
      the Jews (10:32)?


25. How had they become "partakers with them that were so used" (10:33-34)?


26. How were they able to take the "spoiling" of their possessions with JOY
      (10:34)?

27. Why were some casting away their boldness in Christ (10:35)? When they did
      this, what were the losing?


28. Who will receive the promise of God (10:36)?


29. In what sense would God come in "a very little while" (10:37)?


30. Who does God consider righteous (10:38)?


31. In whom does God find no pleasure (10:38)?


32. (T) (F) "Soul" only refers to the physical or "animal" life (10:38).

33. What might cause one to "shrink back" (10:39)? What will one who "shrinks
      back" face (10:39)?


34. What kind of faith is under consideration here (10:39)?
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HEBREWS 11:1-16
35. How is faith "the assurance" of things hoped for, a "test" of things not seen
      (11:1)?


36. (T) (F) Bible faith is blind.

37. What witness was borne to the elders (11:2)?


38. What do we understand about the world "by faith" (11:3)?


39. When we doubt the literal, 6 days of creation; what are we doubting (11:3)?


40. How did Cain & Abel know to offer sacrifice (11:4)? Why was Abel's "more
      excellent"?


41. Though he is dead physically, how does Abel still speak (11:4)? Of what does
      he still speak?


42. How does God "bear witness" that Abel was righteous (11:4)?


43. What lessons are found in the faith of Enoch (11:5)?


44. How essential is faith to pleasing God (11:6)?


45. What 2 things must we believe about God in order to come to Him (11:6)?


46. (T) (F) If you seek God, He will not reward you (11:6).

47. (T) (F) Noah had seen a world wide flood before (11:7).

48. What combined with Noah's faith to move him into action (11:7)?


49. What effect does UNgodly fear have upon faith (11:7)?


50. (T) (F) Only those in the ark were saved.
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51. (T) (F) Noah was saved "by faith alone."

52. When Noah believed & obeyed, what did his actions say about the world
      (11:7)? How does the world react to this kind of person?


53. When Noah obeyed God by faith, of what did he become an "heir" (11:7)?


54. What did Abraham know by faith (11:8)? What did he NOT know?


55. In becoming a sojourner by faith, what did he prove that he looked for
       (11:9-10)?


56. How did Sarah being past age, yet receive power to conceive (11:11)?


57.    Hipparchus (150 BC) said that there are less than 3000 stars.
       Ptolemy (150 AD) counted 1056 stars & said there must about 3000 stars.
       Galileo (1608 AD) invented the telescope. He was the first to say that the
              stars are innumerable.
       In 1924 AD it was stated that there are at least 100 BILLION stars in our
              galaxy AND that there are TRILLIONS of galaxies.

       Moses recorded in 1400 BC the stars are innumerable (Gen. 22:17; 32:12).
       Jeremiah confirmed this in 620 BC (Jer. 33:22).
       The Hebrew writer again affirmed this in 63 AD (Heb. 11:12).

       What can we learn about the Bible from this information?


58. (T) (F) All these faithful died without having received the promise (11:3).

59. How did they confess that they were strangers & pilgrims on the earth
      (11:13)? Do we?


60. How easy is it to turn back to "the country from which" we went out (11:15)?


61. Why is God not ashamed to be called their God? What has God prepared
      for these people (11:16)?


HEBREWS 11:17-31
62. (T) (F) God never tries or tests our faith (11:17).
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63. (T) (F) Abraham did not love his son (11:17).

64. How do we know that Abraham loved God MORE than his own son?


65. In what sense was Isaac the "only begotten son" of Abraham (11:17)? Was
       he the only child Abraham had?


66. When Abraham determined to obey God & offer Isaac, what did Abraham
      believe God would do (11:17-19)? Why did he believe this?


67. Of what are Abraham & Isaac a figure (11:17-19; John 1:14, 18, 29)?


68. THOUGH QUESTION: What are some ways your faith is tested to prove
      whether God is first in your heart? Are you passing these tests?


69. Why did Isaac & Jacob bless their descendants (1:20-21)? What can we
      learn from this as parents?


70. Why did Joseph give commands regarding his bones (11:22)?


71. What did Moses' parents do that demonstrated that their faith in God was
      greater than their fear of men (11:23)?


72. Why did Moses refuse the position, glory & riches of Egypt & choose the ill
      treatment of the Hebrews (11:24-27)?


73. What did Moses know about Christ (11:26; 1 Pet. 1:10-12)?


74. Is sin pleasurable (11:25? What is the rest of the story?


75. Faith will help us forsake _______________ and help us see ___________ (11:27).

76. Does faith rule out the necessity of obeying specific commands (11:28)?
      Explain.


77. Why did it take faith to pass through the Red Sea (11:29)?
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78. WHEN did the walls of Jericho fall "by faith" (11:30)?

       A. Before doing anything.
       B. As they began to do what God said.
       C. After doing what God commanded.

79. How did Rahab demonstrate an obedient & saving faith (11:31)?


80. What other lesson(s) can be learned from Rahab?


HEBREWS 11:32-40
81. How do verses 32-34 show that men of faith were not sinlessly perfect?


82. Who "stopped the mouths of lions: (11:33)? Who "quenched the power of
      fire" (11:34)?


83. How did these work righteousness & obtain promises (11:33)?


84. How did these go from weakness to strength (11:34)?


85. How & why did some "not accept deliverance" (11:35)?


86. What shows that the world was not worthy of these people (11:38)?


87. THOUGHT QUESTION: Arte we willing to walk in faith to the degree they did?
      Will you risk persecution, mocking, abuse and even death to gain the
      promise that God has given?

88. Why have these worthy people not yet received the promise (11:39-40)?


89. When our faith is weak and we are discouraged; how can this passage help
      us (11:32-40)?

HEBREWS 12:1-13
90. Of what fact do we have a "great cloud of witnesses" (12:1)?


91. What "so easily besets us" (12:1-2)? What must we consciously & willingly do
      about this?
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92. How is Jesus the author & perfecter of our faith (12:2)?


93. How was Jesus able to endure the cross (12:2)?


94. What will help us to not grow weary (12:3)?


95. What was said of the Hebrew readers, that is true of us today (12:4)?


96. What was the "chastening of the Lord" that the Hebrew readers were
      experiencing (12:5)?


97. What are some other ways we are chastened by the Lord (12:5)?


98. What lessons do we learn about a father's chastening of his son from
      Hebrews 12:5-6 (Prov. 3:11-12)?


99. What does scripture expect and assume every father does (12:7)? Who does
      a father NOT chasten (12:8)? Why?


100. Should we expect to get to heaven without chastening (12:8)?


101. What lesson does discipline in the home lay the groundwork for (12:9)?


102. In what way are we created in God's image (12:9)?


103. While the "fathers of our flesh" do what seems good to them, what do we
      know about God's discipline (12:10)?


104. When is chastening grievous (12:11)? Is this true only for the one receiving
      it?

105. What does chastening yield (12:11)? When?


106. To whom does chastening yield this fruit (12:11)? Is it true only of the one
       who receives the chastening?
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107. Why should we submit to chastening & correct our problems now
      (12:12-13)?

HEBREWS 12:14-29
108. What two things must we follow after (12:14)?


109. (T) (F) We should have peace with men at all cost.

110. How essential is sanctification (12:14)? What is it?


111. THOUGHT QUESTION: Are you looking earnestly at yourself to see whether
      you have fallen short of God's grace (12:15)?

112. What are some examples of why some to fall short (12:15-16)?


113. What affect can one person's "root of bitterness" have on others (12:15)?


114. What shows that Esau was a "profane" person (12:16)?


115. How is Esau's carelessness a stern warning to those who put off obeying
      God (12:16-17)?

116. How does verses 18-24 help us to not be profane, like Esau?


117. How fearful was God's presence at Sinai (12:18-21)?


118. To what do these figures (Zion, City of God, Jerusalem) refer (12:22)?


119. What is the hope of the church of the "firstborn ones" (12:22-23)?


120. How are verses 18-24 especially appropriate for the Hebrew readers?


121. (T) (F) Mt. Zion, the church, God, just men, Jesus & His blood are all
              elements of the heritage which we have by faith.

122. Why should we pay MORE attention to our heritage, that what was required
      of those under the earthly heritage (12:25)?
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123. What does "Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but
      also the heaven" (Hebrews 12:26-27)?


124. Because of the unshakeable kingdom we are receiving; what should we
      offer to God (12:28)?


125. What is the opposite of these attitudes & behaviors? What will this kind of
      person receive (12:29)?


HEBREWS 13:1-17
126. What interest should we cultivate & cherish (13:1)?


127. What fruit of brotherly love is in 13:2? In what sense might we "receive
      angels" today?


128. How should we "remember them that are in bonds" and "them that are ill
      treated" (13:3)?


129. How serious was the persecution these Hebrew Christians faced (13:3)?


130. How is marriage to be "held in honor" and "the bed" kept undefiled (13:4).


131. (T) (F) God wants us to be happy, so we can marry anyone we want to.

132. What will help us to not love money (13:5)?


133. To what degree should we have "good courage" (13:6)?


134. Describe how the readers are to remember those "who had the rule over
      you" (13:7)?


135. Explain verse 8. Does it teach that Jesus is still working miracles today?


136. Compare Hebrews 13:8 and Rev. 1:8, 18. What conclusion do you reach
      from these verses?
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137. What does "grace" stand in contrast with (13:9)? Why?


138. Does this mean that grace does not involve any teaching or doctrine?
      Explain.


139. What was done to the O.T. atonement sacrifice that foreshadowed Jesus'
      suffering outside of the city of Jerusalem AND the need to leave Judaism
      (13:10-12)?


140. What application does the writer make that is especially important for the
      Hebrew reader (13:13-14)?


141. What is sanctified by Jesus' blood (13:12)?


142. (T) (F) We should live as though earth is our home (13;14).

143. What "sacrifice" should we continually offer God through Jesus (13:15)?


144. What other "sacrifices" also please God (13:16)?


145. Who are "they who have the rule over you" (13:17)? How do we know that
      these have authority beyond just their good example?


146. What is their purpose & work (13:17)?
      A. To maintain the church building & mow the lawn.
      B. To entertain the brethren, to make everyone feel good.
      C. To watch for the spiritual well being of the local church.

147. How can we make their work joyful (13:17)?


148. If their rule is grievous, for whom would this be "unprofitable" (13:17)?


149. (T) (F) We must submit to the elders only if we like their decision (13:17).

150. (T) (F) We must submit to the elders even when they go beyond the
              scriptures (13:17).
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HEBREWS 13:18-25
151. (T) (F) We should only be concerned about brethren in our local assembly
              (13:18).

152. How convinced was the writer of the power of prayer (13:19)?


153. What is God's & the Hebrew writer's desire (13:21)?


154. Why did the writer need to ask these brethren to "bear with" this exhortation
      (13:22)?


155. At the time this letter was written, who had been released from prison
      (13:23)?

156. From where was this letter probably written (13:24)?


157. What is grace? How is it to be with us (13:25)?


REVIEW
158. When was this letter written?


159. What is the theme of this letter?


160. What historic event was about to happen? How does this relate to the
      theme & purpose of this book?


161. Complete the outline:

       PART I. THE _____________________ OF CHRIST'S __________ (1:1-4:13).
              BETTER THAN THE PROPHETS (1:1-3), ANGELS (1:4-2:18), MOSES (3:1-4:13).

       PART II. THE _____________________ OF CHRIST'S __________ (4:14-10:18).
               BETTER PRIESTHOOD (4:14-7:28), COVENANT (8:1-13), TABERNACLE &
               SACRIFICE (9:1-10:18).

       PART III. THE _____________________ OF WALKING BY _________ (10:19-13:25).
               THE NEED FOR FAITH (10:19-11:40), ENDURANCE (12:1-29), &
                FINAL EXHORTATIONS (13:1-25).

162. What have you learned form this study?

				
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