Inductive questions on Hebrews 1
As Jessica is tackling an inductive study of Galatians at her group blog, let me invite you to join me in a study of Hebrews over here. Our church family will be in this book for the next three months on Wednesday nights, 6:30 pm – covering a chapter a week. Join us in person. Or join us through internet. Look at chapter one and think through these questions and notes.
Observations in your inductive study
- With either different colors or markings, distinguish in your Bible text between the Father and the Son (names and corresponding pronouns) in chapter 1.
- What does chapter 1 reveal to you about the relationship between God and His Son?
- The Son (verse 2) is contrasted with what group of people in verse 1?
- The Son is contrasted with what beings in verse 4?
- How many O.T. passages does the author use in chapter 1 to support that the Son is better than angels? What are those passages? (Look up and read your cross-references)
- The angels of God in verse 6 are named what in Psalm 97:7?
- Notice the Hebrews 13:8 commentary on Hebrews 1:12.
- Notice the Hebrews 10:11-13 commentary on Hebrews 1:13.
- What is one of the purposes of angels in verse 14?
- How would you summarize the theme of chapter 1?
Interpretive questions in your inductive study
- Acts 13:33 and Hebrews 1:5 quote Psalm 2:7. What does “begotten” (v. 5) mean in light of what Paul says in Acts 13:33?
- Did the Hebrews recognize other gods (elohim – the Hebrew word in Psalm 97:7 for gods) besides the LORD (Yahweh)? So how important were angelic beings to the Hebrew people?
- As the author of Hebrews quotes Old Testament addresses to the LORD (Yahweh), who is the author unmistakably identifying as LORD (Yahweh) in Hebrews 1?
- So what is the relationship of all other heavenly angels (O.T. elohim) to Yahweh? (see Hebrews 1:6)
- So does not this opening chapter catapult the Son as the One incomparably supreme over all others?
Applications in your inductive study
- Using Hebrews 1, how would you share with your neighbor or coworker that Jesus is God?
- When has it been the last time that you have worshipped the Son? What was it about Jesus’ person or work that caused you to worship Him?
- Why would you be more excited about Him than your most respected, religious scholars and experts? Or even your favorite Bible teachers?
- Who are the biggest people in your life that you listen to and rely upon? Could there be any temptation of allowing them to eclipse the glory of Jesus Christ in your life? Can anyone else outshine Jesus?
- How do the truths of Hebrews 1 comfort you when watching the evening news and the events in American politics?