"The Book of Hebrews" Spoken Word (2022)
“God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways…”
Although the book of Hebrews’ human writer is unknown, its authorship is most certainly the Holy Spirit. This powerfully written sermon was lifechanging for many on the Adam’s Road team. The letter was likely written in the late A.D. 60s, shortly preceding the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in A.D. 70.
Hebrews can be summed up in three words: Jesus is enough! He is fully God and fully man, perfectly qualified to be our Savior and Advocate. Jesus is greater, superior, and better than the angels, the Old Testament prophets, the Levitical Priesthood, and the animal sacrificial system of the Mosaic Covenant. Jesus is our Prophet, Priest, and King—and the propitiation for our sins, through which we have eternal redemption.
The book was an exhortation for first-century Hebrew Christians, likely dealing with persecution from their fellow Jews, to hold fast to the confession of their hope—Jesus—without wavering. It was likely a temptation for these Jerusalem Christians to turn back to the Old Covenant Mosaic rituals and traditions of Judaism: perhaps because they were familiar, perhaps to avoid persecution from Jews. Hebrews reminds us (and them) that the better hope of Christ Jesus has been introduced. He is the complete fulfillment of everything the Old Covenant sacrificial system typified. He is all we need. Our salvation has been accomplished and secured through the once-and-for-all offering of Jesus for our sins. Therefore, Hebrews encourages us to rest in His finished work on the cross, draw near to Jesus, endure with patience trials, and eagerly await upon His appearing from heaven.
“The Book of Hebrews” is underlaid with piano melodies for praise and honor to God. “Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the Word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness” (Psalm 33:3-4). Indeed the Word of the Lord is upright; and we praise God for His powerful and lifechanging Word! Who can declare it better that God? “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). For we learn that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). May His words, which are Spirit and Life (John 6:63) fill your heart and refresh your soul, as you listen through “The Book of Hebrews.”