This week, I am working through Hebrews, chapters 7-11.
- I'm again reminded of Dr. Scholer's comments on Melchizedek.
- Verse 17 - Psalm 110:4 is quoted again. I wonder what the people of God prior to the time of Christ thought of this passage.
- Verses 7-12 - Jeremiah 31:31-34
- Verses 1-5 - Scholer points out that the fact that Hebrews references the tabernacle (as opposed to the temple, which would have been more relevant to the era) is a sign that the author is concerned less about religious abuses of his Jewish contemporaries, and more with the tradition itself.
- Verses 16, 17 - The TNIV uses the word "will" to translate the same Greek word previously translated as "covenant," presumably because "will" connects better to the point the author is making in reference to death (and, indeed, we know of covenants the don't require either of the parties making them to have died, despite what verse 17 would sound like if "covenant" were used there). But it's probably worth remembering that the same word previously translated "covenant" is being used here, and not some new term.
- Verse 26 - I imagine that this verse (and parts of Chapter 10 that follow it) is one of the reasons some Protestants have trouble with the idea that of communion as a "sacrifice" (not a term Presbyterians tend to use, anyway) in which the real body and real blood of Christ are present (in the bread and the wine, as in beliefs that argue for transubstantiation).
- Verse 1 - Sounds like Plato's Forms....
- Verse 25 - The author clearly intends that Christians should keep meeting each other regularly. Today we talk of "going to church" in this vein. Besides the admonishment to do so, I do feel that people need to be given reasons why continuing to go to church is important. The author gives at least one such reason right here: so that believers may encourage one another.
- Verse 26 - This verse must be a source of great anxiety for many. After all, who among us can claim to have not "deliberately" sinned at some point after becoming Christians?
- Why does the author mention the particular people he does, in his litany of "faith"?