Summary: To show that GOD Spoke to us.
How often GOD speaks to you?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD Spoke to us.
Hebrews 1:1 (The Message)
1:1 Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries.
Hebrews 1:1 (Amplified Bible)
1:1 IN MANY separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets,
Hebrews 1:1 (New International Version)
1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,
GOD speaks thru His Words, Are you listening?
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. In the past, GOD spoke to our forefathers through the prophets
"In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets"
Prophets means "foretellers", "inspired speaker", "poet"
Numbers 11:29 (The Message)
11:29 But Moses said, "Are you jealous for me? Would that all God's people were prophets. Would that God would put his Spirit on all of them."
Amos 3:7 (The Message)
3:7 The fact is, God, the Master, does nothing without first telling his prophets the whole story.
2 Kings 20:14 (The Message)
20:14 And then Isaiah the prophet showed up: "And just what were these men doing here? Where did they come from and why?" Hezekiah said, "They came from far away—from Babylon."
The author was referring to the Old Testament consisting of the Law (Pentateuch) and the Prophets. One example is Isaiah the prophet. Before GOD does not move before telling it to His Prophets, His Messengers of Old Testament.
B. GOD spoke many times
"at many times"
GOD spoke many times and He has proof on it. Even when Adam and Eve sinned, GOD spoke to them.
Genesis 3:9 (The Message)
3:9 God called to the Man: "Where are you?"
He spoke to us thru dreams and visions in the Old Testament.
Acts 2:17 (The Message)
2:17 "In the Last Days," God says, "I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.
GOD spoke to us thru His creations.
Romans 1:20 (The Message)
1:20 By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse.
C. GOD spoke in various ways
"and in various ways,"
It was already given, GOD spoke thru His laws, GOD spoke thru the prophets, thru dreams and visions, thru people who lived in the Old Testament, thru Psalms and Proverbs, thru His creations, so no one has an excuse.