Contributed on Feb 21, 2019
The theme that permeates throughout is how to hear and respond to God’s revelation.
2/16/19 Tom Lowe Lesson 2: God’s Revelation in “Son” (1:2-4) Scripture: Heb. 1:2-4 (KJV) 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2019
Without any small talk and even without any salutation, the letter of Hebrews is unveiled. From the very first sentence, there is a powerful proclamation of the good news of God through Jesus Christ the Son.
1/15/19 Tom Lowe Lesson 1: God’s Revelation to the Prophets Scripture: Hebrews 1:1 (KJV) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (1:1) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 6, 2019
“You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” This is God’s testimony that Jesus was His Son, begotten of Him, thus setting forth the Deity in His virgin birth. [Angels are created, not born.]
2/28/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #3: Demonstrated From the Old Testament (Hebrews 1:5-14) Scripture: Hebrews 1: 5-14 (NIV) 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? 6 And again, when God ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2019
Jesus didn’t become a man so He could know us, prove anything to us, or convince us that He understood our condition. He had redemption in mind― to save us.
5/29/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #7: To Destroy the Devil and Deliver Saints (Hebrews 2:14-16) Scripture: Hebrews 2:14-16 (NIV) 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2019
The element of solidarity: the champion emerges out of the people; he can represent them only because he is one of them. Similarly, the high priest is chosen from among the people; he can represent them effectively only because He enjoys solidarity with the people.
6/17/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #8: TO BECOME A MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST (HEBREWS 2:17-18) Scripture: Hebrews 2:17-18 (NIV) 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and ...read more
Contributed on Oct 26, 2019
Next to Abraham, Moses was undoubtedly the man most revered by the Jewish people. To go back to the Law meant to go back to Moses, and the recipients of this letter to the Hebrews were sorely tempted to do just that.
6/30/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #9 [2C1]: BOTH WERE FAITHFUL (HEBREWS 3:1-2) Introduction: At least some of the first readers of the Book of Hebrews were believers who came to Christ out of a background of Judaism. They were steeped in Old Testament understanding. When they heard the Gospel, they ...read more
Contributed on Dec 19, 2019
Moses is the only man whose funeral God came down from Heaven to direct (Deut. 34:5-6)
7/30/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #10 [2C2]: BUILDER VS. BUILDING (HEBREWS 3:3-4) Scripture: Hebrews 3:3-4 (NIV) Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of ...read more
Contributed on Jan 23, 2020
The author contrasts Jesus and Moses. The Jews perceived Moses to be a great man, great prophet, great leader, and great lawgiver. Yet Jesus fulfilled all those roles as well―to a greater degree than Moses.
8/15/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #11 [IC3]: SERVANT VS. SON (HEBREWS 3:5-6a) Introduction: The author has already briefly contrasted Jesus with the Old Testament prophets (1:1, 2) and more explicitly with the angels (1:3-2:18). Here he begins a contrast between Jesus and Moses. The Jews perceived Moses ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2020
Today's lesson concerns the exodus from Egypt and the Israelites’ unbelief. Because of their neglect to hear God’s message they delayed at the border. Because the people went backward in unbelief, instead of foreword in faith, they missed their inheritance and died in the wilderness.
6/30/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #12 [IC3a]: Israel in the Wilderness (HEBREWS 3:6b-11) Context: The context is the exodus from Egypt and the Israelites’ experience of unbelief in the wilderness. Because of their neglect to hear God’s message they delayed at the border. Because the people went ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2020
It seams evident that the writer had been concentrating his devotional reading on the book of Numbers at the time he prepared this sermon. He found in Numbers a record of the faithfulness of God to Israel in the wilderness.
10/4/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #13 [C3b]: Warning Against Unbelief (HEBREWS 3:12–4:2) Scripture: Hebrews 3:12-4:2 (NIV) Warning Against Unbelief (3:12-4:2) 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one ...read more
Contributed on Oct 15, 2020
What determines whether someone who hears the gospel actually enters God’s rest? We do not have to ponder this question because He gives us the answer in John 3:16. [“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”]
11/6/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #14 [IC3c]: Warning Against Not Entering God’s Rest (HEBREWS 4:3-13) Scripture: Hebrews 4:3-4:13 (NIV) 3. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’?” And yet his works have been ...read more
Contributed on Oct 16, 2020
Jesus had to be made like His brothers and sisters in every respect so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, and so that He might make propitiation1 for the sins of the people.
12/8/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #15 [ID1]: Our Compassionate High Priest (HEBREWS 4:14-16) Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV) 14.Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15. For we do not have a high priest who ...read more
Contributed on Oct 17, 2020
This Lesson continues the great theme of Jesus as our High Priest, showing that He is superior to the Levitical priesthood. Christ, as we have already said has the office of prophet, priest, and king. He is God’s final word to man.
12/27/19 Tom Lowe Lesson #16 [ID2]: The Priesthood of Aaron (5:1-5) Scripture: Hebrews 5:1-5 (NIV) 1. Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2. He is able to deal gently with ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2020
The book of Hebrews was written for the Jewish people. According to Old Testament teaching, these people were raised with firm convictions that a priest was necessary to their relationship with God. The priest served as a go-between or an intercessor between man and God.
20 Tom Lowe Lesson #17 [ID3] The Priesthood of Christ (HEBREWS 5:6-10) Text (NIV) 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2020
The writer is about to begin his explanation of the heavenly priesthood of Christ, but he is not sure that his readers are ready for what he must teach. The problem is not that he is a dull teacher, but they are dull listeners! The word translated “dull” in Hebrews is also translated “slothful.”
1/24/20 Tom Lowe Lesson #18 [ID3a] The Rebuke for Immaturity (Hebrews 5:11-14) Scripture: Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV) 11. We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2020
No one can escape coming into the world as a baby because that is the only way to get here! But it is tragic when a baby fails to mature. No matter how much parents and grandparents love to cuddle and hold a baby, it is their greater desire that the baby matures.
2/1/20 Tom Lowe Lesson #19 [ID3b] The Encouragement toward Maturity (Hebrews 6:1-3) Scripture: Hebrews 6:1-3 (NIV) 1. Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death ...read more
Contributed on Oct 22, 2020
There are many different responses to the Gospel. The point of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13 was not to plant doubt in the hearts of the disciples. Rather, Jesus was showing His disciples how many ways the human heart can respond to the good news.
2/18/20 Tom Lowe Lesson #21 [ID4] Reminder of the (Hebrews 6:9-20) Scripture: Hebrews 6:9-20 (NIV) 9Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 23, 2020
Word was brought to Abraham that Lot was being carried away into captivity. Abraham immediately armed about 318 men out of his own household. Each man that he could arm must have had at least one woman and a child. Therefore, Abraham must have had about a thousand people.
2/29/20 Tom Lowe Lesson #22 [ID5a] The Greatness of Melchizedek in Relation to Abraham (Hebrews 7:1-10) Scripture: Hebrews 7:1-10 (NIV) Melchizedek the Priest 1This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed ...read more
Contributed on Oct 24, 2020
The high watermark of this magnificent epistle is found in chapter 8─actually it began in the previous chapter at verse 25: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
3/23/20 Tom Lowe Section I.E.1. Christ’s Ministry is Superior to the Old Covenant Ministry (8:1–10:18) Title: Introduction to Chapter 8 (8:1-6) Scripture: Hebrews 8:1-6(NIV) 1. Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2020
In this section, the writer took his argument one step further. Not only is Melchizedek greater than Aaron, but Melchizedek has replaced Aaron! It is no longer “the order of Aaron” or “the order of Levi.” It is forever “the order of Melchizedek.”
3/13/20 Tom Lowe The Levitical Priesthood The Levitical Priesthood traces through the three sons of Levi, through the Sadducees until it went extinct at the death of Christ, when it was replaced with the Priesthood of Christians which endures until the second coming. Lesson #23 [ID5b] The ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2020
Although the first-century Jews felt such a fascination with the Mosaic covenant, they didn't understand the covenant to be the proclamation of the gospel that it was intended to be (4:1-2).
3/13/20 Tom Lowe Title: The Inadequacy of the Old Covenant (Heb. 8:7-9) Text: Hebrews 8:7-9 (NIV) 7For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 28, 2020
God said, "I will establish a New Covenant." "I will put my laws into their mind." "I will be their God." "I will be merciful toward their iniquities." "I will remember their sins no more."
Tom Lowe 10/1/2020 Moses smashes the commandments of God Lesson IE2b: The Adequacy of the New Covenant (Heb. 8:10-13) Scripture: Hebrews 8:10-13 (NIV) 10. This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declare the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2020
Our subject is the priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ who is a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Presented to us are two ministries which are in sharp contrast. The Levitical service, the ministry of the Aaronic priesthood, was carried out in an earthly Tabernacle down here.
4/21/20 Tom Lowe Lesson IE3a: The Imperfection of the Earthly Sanctuary (Heb. 9:1-10) Scripture: Hebrews 9:1-10 (NIV) 1Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. 2A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2020
Verses 11 and 12 contrast “the good things to come” with the types and shadows of the Old Covenant ─ the precious blood of the Lamb of God. The perfect tabernacle in contrast with the sanctuary made of earthly materials; the precious blood of the Lamb of God in contrast to the blood of animals.
Lesson 28 IE3b. The Perfection of the Heavenly Sanctuary (Heb. 9:11-12) Text (KJV) 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2020
The precious blood of Jesus Christ, offered by Himself, purifies not only outwardly, as the Levitical sacrifices on the day of atonement, but inwardly unto the service of the living God. His death is the inaugurating act of the new covenant, and of the heavenly sanctuary.
The Book of Hebrews Tom Lowe 7/6/20 v Hebrews (9:13-22; KJV) 13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14How much ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2020
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The Book of Hebrews Tom Lowe 7/6/20 Hebrews (9:13-22; KJV) 13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14How much more ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2020
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh. How much more shall the blood of Christ,
14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? How much more shall the blood of Christ, Since the blood of Jesus is infinitely more precious than the blood of an animal ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2020
Under heavy pressure from intimidation and threats of violence, the Christians who sought a relationship with Jesus Christ were considering escaping their suffering by repudiating their faith in Jesus. Therefore, the writer reminds them of what they have at stake.
2/10/20 Tom Lowe Lesson #20 [ID3c] The Warning against Apostasy (Hebrews 6:4-8) Scripture: Hebrews 6:4-8 (NIV) 4. It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5. who have tasted the goodness of the word of God ...read more