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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 3: Ruth 1:2-5

SUMMARY OF RUTH 1:2-5

The man’s name was Elimelech, his was was Naomi, and his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion fro Bethlehem who lived in Moab. Elimelech died, and the two sons got married to Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. Both sons died, and Naomi was alone.

QUESTIONS FOR RUTH 1:2-5

6 ) We learn their names, and that all died in Moab except Naomi, the wife.

7 ) Marriage signals fullness and joy. Death symbolizes emptiness and sorrow.

8 ) “Why?” is the first question most ask. Then it’s a matter of pressing on to discover the why.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO RUTH 1:2-5

The author of Ruth sets this story up beautifully, so that we have to keep reading. Family moves; men die. Now what? This story is ripe with possibilities, and it will be fun to see it unfold!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 4, Day 6: Hebrews 11:1,6

PASSAGE IN HEBREWS

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see … without faith it is impossibile to please God… “

Hebrews 11:1, 6

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 11:1,6

15) Jesus is greater than everyone, including angels. Jesus is our High Priest and the only way to God. Christ’s sacrifice is for all if you have faith. God disciplines us for our good. Must persevere.

16) God is good. He has a plan. We have faith in his plan.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 4 AND ALL OF WORDGO’S STUDY OF HEBREWS

Great book to re-read. Great nuggets of encouragement, and great truths about God that we can hold onto. I’m liking these short studies.

Next week, Ruth!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 4, Day 1: Hebrews 11:1-14

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 11:1-14

Faith is being sure of what you cannot see and what you hope for. Faith is what allows us to believe God created the heavens and the earth. By faith, Abel offered God better sacrifices than Cain. By faith, God took Enoch away so he didn’t experience death.

You have to have faith to please God. Noah built an ark out of faith and thus became heir of the righteous. By faith Abraham left Ur to go where God told him to go. He and his sons became heirs of the promised land and had children and many descendants. They did not receive their inheritance while living; only after death.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 11:1-14

1 ) Faith is being sure of what you cannot see and what you hope for. Faith is believing Jesus is the son of God, granting us forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation. People today think of faith as having trust in someone or something. Faith is having trust but it’s believing in the unseen that is the difference.

2 ) Faith is doing things you believe is in God’s will even though you have no idea of the consequences or what lies ahead like Abraham. Moving somewhere else in the country or doing something out of a calling. I think it’s very similar today as it was in Jesus’s time.

3 ) I like the example of Noah the best — building an ark when people thought he was crazy. My prayer is to keep following the ways of God even though they don’t make sense to me or to anyone around me.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 11:1-14

Another classic passage that is super important to the Christian faith. Having faith is simply believing in a God unseen. Seems simple, but so many people miss God this way.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 3, Day 5: Hebrews 8-10

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 8-10

13) God’s intentions were from the beginning and were/are perfect. His story in the Bible is the story of the world. The Old Covenant was always meant to be temporary until Jesus came.

14) There’s always hope to find Jesus. Once unbelievers find him, all of their sins will be forgiven.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 8-10

Very powerful chapters showing Jesus as our High Priest, the one and only perfect sacrifice to take away our sins. Love the perseverance part.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 3, Day 4: Hebrews 10

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 10

The law cannot make people perfect. The blood of animals cannot take away our sins. Jesus did away with the Old Covenent and ushered in the New Covenant so that we will be made holy. The priests’ sacrifices cannot take away sins, except for Jesus who takes away all sin and makes perfect all of us forever by his one sacrifice.

The law now lives in our hearts and minds. We are entretated to persevere in faith and hope, as well as meet together. The writer warns to give up sinning deliberately or face judgement. When you do the will of God, you will receive what He promised.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 10

10) Jesus only had to make one sacrifice; whereas the priests had to make many. Jesus’s sacrifice is perfect, cleansing us of our sins forever; the priests’ sacrifices cleansed us only temporarily.

11) To maintain faith and hope in God, keep meeting with others, and draw near to God.

12) When you do the will of God, you will receive what He promised. (verse 36) Many of us wonder when we’ll be rewarded for doing God’s will. He promises he will reward us.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 10

The act of Jesus sitting down means it is finished; we are cleansed forever. The priests in Old Testament times never sat down because their work was never done. Super important to realize that Christ’s work is finished, and we, as God’s people, are set free.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 3, Day 3: Hebrews 9:11-28

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 9:11-28

Christ is the mediator of the new covenant. He entered the Most Holy Place by his own blood that offered eternal redemption. The blood of Christ cleanses us inwardly and outwardly. We are now set free from our sins and able to inherit eternal life.

The Old Covenant required that everything has to be cleansed with blood in order to be forgiven. He offered himself one time as the eternal sacrifice. He will appear a second time to bring salvation to those who await him.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 9:11-28

7) Christ is the mediator of the new covenant. He entered the Most Holy Place by his own blood that offered eternal redemption. The blood of Christ cleanses us inwardly and outwardly. We are now set free from our sins and able to inherit eternal life. It’s important because it gives us eternal life, which the Old Covenant could not do.

8 ) Immeasurable gratitude. A desire to be like him. An acceptance of his sacrifice for my sins.

9) Jesus offers the New Covenant to us by his one sacrifice for us all. It is received by those who accept his sacrifice on the cross for us and who believe in him.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 9;11-28

Christ died once for us for our eternal inheritance. When you grasp that fact, nothing else in your world — none of your problems — matters.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 3, Day 2: Hebrews 9:1-10

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 9:1-10

The first covenant had regulations for worship. A tabernacle was where worship took place. Here there was a lampstand, table, and consecrated bread in the Holy Place, or first room. Behind the second curtain was the Most Holy Place, where the golden altar of incence and the Ark of the Covenant was. The ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff, and the stone tablet of the covenant. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory that overlooked the atonement cover.

The priests used the outer room but ony the high priest entered the inner room once a year for a sin offering. The way into the Most Holy Place had not been disclosed yet. All of the offerings offered, such as gifts, sacrifices, and ceremonial cleansings, were only external regulations until the new order arrived.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 9:1-10

4) All of the offerings offered, such as gifts, sacrifices, and ceremonial cleansings, were only external regulations until the new order arrived. These sacrifices only partially cleansed man of sin and only the high priest could enter.

5) God required a blood offering to be a symbol of the atonement of man for their sins. This was due to the fact that the life of the animal is in the blood. This was the only way to be forgiven for our sins before the coming of Christ and his final blood sacrifice for us.

6) Because the blood sacrifices were never enough to cleanse us to be able to stand before God. We had to have the perfect sacrifice, Jesus, to do so. Now, we don’t have to worry about being forgiven; Christ took care of that for us. We should never feel guilt after we’ve made atonement for those sins.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 9:1-10

I for one am super grateful I don’t have to slaughter animals to be near God. Great explanation of the imperfectness of the Old Covenant.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 2, Day 5: Hebrews 4:14-7

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 4:14-7

13) God has everything perfectly planned from the beginning. Jesus has always been the plan, and we can take comfort in that, especially when events in the world happen that we don’t understand.

14) It matters because before Jesus the only way to God was via a priest. Since Jesus is the perfect and permanent priest, we can now have access to God directly.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 4:14-7

Admittedly, this passage was more relevant to first century Jews than to us. That being said, it still shows us the perfect plan of God and explains how Jesus is the final and only way to Him.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 2, Day 4: Hebrews 7

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 7:  

Melchizedek was king of Salem (Jerusalem) and priest of the God Most High.  He met and blessed Abraham, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything.  His name means “king of righteousness” and king of Salem means “king of peace.”  He remains a priest forever without the proper lineage.

Just think how great he must have been for Abraham to give him a tenth of the plunder!  The law requires the descendants of Levi to collect a tenth from the people.  Melchizedek was not a Levite. One could deduce that Levi collects the tenth through Abraham because Levi (who is Abraham’s descendant) hadn’t been born yet when Melchizedek collected.  Hence we have Levites paying tithes to Melchizedek, making Melchizedek greater than the Levites (or Abraham in this instance since the Levites are through Abraham).  Since the lesser is blessed by the greater, Melchizedek is greater than Abraham

Perfection could not be attained through the Levites so there was need for a priest in the order of Melchizedek (the mere fact that a priest in the order of Melchizedek shows up should be a clue that there is a need for something better than the Levites).  If the priests change, then so must the law. The old law was weak and useless for it made nothing perfect and a better hope was introduced by God (Jesus!).

Through an oath Jesus became a priest and the author of a better covenant.  Jesus lives forever so his priesthood is forever; therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him.

Jesus meets our needs as holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens with one sacrifice of himself who has been made perfect forever.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 7:

10) Melchizedek and Christ’s similiarities:  1)  Both were kings  2)  Both were priests 3)  Both received a tenth of everything  4)  Both names mean king of peace  5)  Both are priests forever  6)  Both live forever (without beginning of days or end of life)

One difference: Only Jesus was the Son of God

11) Jesus lives forever so his priesthood is permanent. This is why he is able to save completely. He is the only one who is holy, blameless, and pure. He does not need to atone for his sins because he is sinless. He is perfect forever. His one sacrifice saves us all.

12) It means we are saved from our sins forever, we will got to heaven with Christ, and all of our sins are atoned for, now and in the future. It means we are free!

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 7

I love Melchizedek. It seems he existed to prove the superiority of Christ over all the priests. Powerful argument to turn to Jesus.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 2, Day 3: Hebrews 6:4-20

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 6:4-20

It is impossible for Christians to fall away from the faith. Those who aren’t Christians obviously can. Land that drinks in God’s word will be blessed. Land that does not will be cursed. God is just; he doesn’t forget your work and love. Do not become lazy, but imitate those who thorugh faith and patience have inherited God’s promises.

God swore by himself (being the greatest) when he promised to bless Abraham and have him and his descendants inherit the earth. God used an oath to make his promises clear and to encourage us with hope. Jesus has become a high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 6:4-20

7) Some think that Christians can fall away from the faith. Others think that these people were never Christians in the first place. The writer is describing what could happen if you fell away.

8 ) Encouragement is found in God who has not forgotten our work and love we’ve shown him. God remembers us and sees us no matter what we are going through in life.

9) God is good. God loves me. I am saved. I cling to Him when I need to.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 6:4-20

I’ve studied this passage before, but I always get something new out of it. I love that God stands firm and all we have to do is cling to him and he does the rest.