Bible Reading and Commentary March 2-7, 2015

Bible Reading and Commentary
March 2-7, 2015

Monday, March 2, Hebrews 7
Vv. 1-3 — While Melchizedek, whom Abraham dealt with in Gen. 14:18-20, had a name that meant “Righteousness,” and appeared to have no beginning and no end, Jesus, many years later, actually became our Righteousness, brought peace between God and us, and actually is eternal. (John 1:1-3, 14)
v. 11 — The Old Testament priesthood was incomplete because it couldn’t provide the final sacrifice for sins. Jesus alone did that. He has provided the “better hope.” (v. 19)
v. 27 — The superiority of Jesus over all high priests was that Jesus, who was without sin, offered up Himself as a sacrifice for everyone’s sins. That perfect sacrifice completely atoned for the sins of the world. (I John 1:7 or I John 2:2)

Tuesday, March 3, Hebrews 8
v. 10 — The Old Covenant moved people to obey out of fear. The New Covenant affects us on the inside. The Holy Spirit works through the Gospel to create a new attitude in the heart. That attitude is reflected in our effort to do the Lord’s will. Read Col. 3:12-17.
v. 13 – The Old Covenant was the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament. It pointed the Jews to Christ. The old one became obsolete once Christ came and won for us eternal life. In the New Testament, that good news is called the Gospel. It became the New Covenant. Its superiority is evident in that Jesus dispenses life-giving blessings from heaven and not earth (vv. 1-2). As our perfect High Priest, the Lord also remembers our sins no more (v. 12). None of this was possible through the Old Covenant, the Law.

Wednesday, March 4, Hebrews 9
v. 7 — This verse discusses the Day of Atonement. It was the highlight of the Israelites’ worship-year, rich with symbolism of Christ’s work of salvation. Read Leviticus 16 for a complete description.
Vv. 12-15, 22, 27-28 — The sin-sacrifices of the Old testament were repeated daily. Not so with the superior sacrifice of Jesus. He died ONCE for all, “having obtained eternal redemption” (v. 12). All sin has been completely paid for in Christ. He will bring final deliverance when He comes again on Judgment Day (v. 28).

Thursday, March 5, Hebrews 10
v. 3 — The repetition of sacrifices was a reminder of sins. The blood of animals could not pay for sins. But the sacrifice of Christ alone makes us holy (vv. 8-10).
v. 12 — Jesus offered himself as a one-time sacrifice for sins. He has no need to repeat the sacrifice since He paid for all sins by giving His life on the cross (I John 1:7).
Vv. 19-23 — The good news of forgiven sin is what prompts God’s people to hold on with all their might to the hope God has given.
Vv. 24-25 — Sometimes people will tell you, “I don’t have to go to church to be a Christian.” What do these verses say in response to that? Can you identify the purposes for which we gather in worship?
Vv. 29, 39 — Let’s not be among those who deliberately sin and continue in sin. Take note of the judgment of God in vv. 29-31. But let’s be among those who believe and are saved (v. 39).

Friday, March 6, Hebrews 11
This chapter is often referred to as the “Heroes of Faith” chapter. Please read it carefully.
v. 39 — The Old Testament believers did not receive the fulfillment of God’s promise in seeing Christ complete His work of salvation. While they put their faith in the coming Savior, we believe in what God has accomplished for us through Christ’s redemption. We both receive the same ultimate gift, eternal life. (v. 16)

Saturday, March 7, Hebrews 12, 13
Chap. 12:1,2 — Underline.
Chapter 12:5, 6, 11 — Sometimes God chastens or corrects us. What is behind it is love. The wonderful purpose of it is seen in v. 11. As God gets rid of the dross of sin, we grow in these fruits of faith. Read about them in Gal. 5:22, 23.
Chap. 13:2, 4-5, 7-8, 16-17, 20-21 — All these are excellent verses to underline and put into practice in your everyday life as a Christian.
Chap. 13:14 — The city that doesn’t endure is earth. The city that we are looking for is heaven. It lasts forever!

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