Scripture reading – Hebrews 1-6
Nearing the conclusion of our chronological study of the Scriptures for the year 2020, we come to the book of the Bible identified as Hebrews. Some of your Bibles might suggest the title, “The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews.”
Because of the length of today’s reading assignment (Hebrews 1-6), I have purposed to keep the devotional brief, while giving you some historical details that I hope might enrich your study.
Many scholars, and preachers have supposed the Epistle to the Hebrews was written by the apostle Paul. If he is the author, he neglected to identify himself in its opening salutation as he did in his other letters (Romans 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:1; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:1; and so on). There is much about Hebrews that would commend itself to Paul as its author, especially the fact that it was certainly addressed to Hebrew believers.
The Date of Hebrews
The date of the writing of Hebrews is uncertain; however, most scholars agree that it must have been composed to Hebrew believers before Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed (A.D. 70). Persecution and imprisonment were beginning in the Roman empire, in fact, Hebrews 13:23 mentions that Timothy was expected to soon be “set at liberty.”
The Recipients of Hebrews
I have already expressed the opinion that the letter was written to Hebrew believers. Those saints would have had knowledge of the Old Testament Scriptures, and understood the references to the priesthood, the Temple, and sacrificial offerings (10:11).
I also propose that the epistle was written to a second generation of believers, especially since the author takes to task some of the saints who were failing to evidence spiritual maturity (5:12-13). They had been privileged to sit under the preaching of the Gospel, and instruction in the God’s Word (Hebrews 5:14; 13:7). The author expressed great disappointment that the recipients had failed to grow into spiritually mature believers.
A Closing Thought
Could it be there are some reading today’s Scripture who might see themselves among those who “ought to be teachers” (5:12)? To be content with the “milk” of God’s Word and remain a spiritual preemie? No wonder there are many 21st century believers who are spiritually anemic, and lack spiritually discernment.
Hebrews 5:14 – 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith