Hebrews 1 Lesson

Loving Righteousness And Hating Lawlessness

THE BOOK OF HEBREWS

The Book of Hebrews is made up of thirteen chapters.   It is perhaps the most mysterious of all the Epistles, in that we do not know its author, the time of authorship, or where it was written.    Although we do not know the exact time it was written, most scholars put the time of authorship around AD 64-68.

When reading the book of Hebrews, think of the words, “Better” and “Superior,” as mentioned in the following four scriptures:   

  1. Christ is better than the angels and better than the prophets (Hebrews 1:1-5),
  2. Christ’s work is superior to those of the high priests (Hebrews 10:11-14),
  3. The walk of Christianity is better than the previous walk under the Law as nobody could keep the Law (Hebrews 7:18-19),
  4. Christ is a better sacrifice as He paid for our sins, “Once and for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)

The Book of Hebrews contains the “Faith Hall of Fame” found in Chapter 11.    The Hebrew writer devotes an entire chapter to this subject and provides more than a dozen examples of people who had great faith.  

Hebrews was written during a time when Christians were being persecuted for their beliefs and many were falling back or were tempted to fall back to the old Jewish Law.  

LOVING RIGHTEOUSNESS 

The Hebrew writer begins chapter 1 talking about the superiority of Jesus to the prophets and the angels.  He writes:  

  • “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.” - Hebrews 1:9.

The above verse refers to a scripture that was originally found in the book of Psalms:  

  • “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy above Your fellows.” – Psalms 45:7.

To love righteousness, we must first understand what righteousness is and who defines it. Loving righteousness is not about following others or doing what the world tells us is important. Consider the following verse:

  • “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

As Christians, we are to be a light to the world as John wrote about in his gospel:

  • “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5.

To genuinely love righteousness, we need to trust God's commandments even more than we trust our own feelings!  Consider the following proverb:

  • “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 14:12.

So then what is righteousness? Quite simply, being righteous means following God’s commandments. Jesus said:

  • “If you love me, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15.  

UNDERSTANDING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS

If we want to follow the example of Jesus by loving righteousness and hating lawlessness, we need to follow God’s commandments. To do this, we must first understand what His commandments are. The only way to do that is by studying the Bible.   Jesus was constantly studying scripture, and He is our perfect example!   

HATING LAWLESSNESS

Hating lawlessness means turning away from the things in our lives that cause us to sin.   This is by no means easy.   It involves sacrifice.   To be successful, w e will need the support of the people around us and most importantly we will need God’s grace and mercy.  

Satan is always on the lookout for us to slip up and provide him with an opening. As Peter wrote in his first epistle:  

  • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

If the people that we surround ourselves with are not supportive of our efforts, we need to ask ourselves if they are part of the problem or part of the solution?

CONCLUSION 

To love righteousness and to hate lawlessness means that we are constantly seeking to please God by keeping His commandments and avoiding those temptations that cause us to sin. By staying in God’s word and surrounding ourselves with people who support our efforts to follow Christ, we can stay on that straight and narrow path that leads to salvation.

Loving righteousness means putting God first in all that we do, and all that we say.  

We will end today’s lesson with the following words spoken by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount:

  • “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.   For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Mathew 7:13-15.

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Michael

Thank you for today's lesson. "Better" is the word that I was always taught in studying Hebrews.

What could be better than having Jesus as our Lord and Savior?

He is without sin.

He has been tempted while on earth in human form, so He understands our temptations.\

He is loving, compassionate and kind. He is merciful and forgiving.

Praise God and praise Jesus!

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Michael

نشكر الله ابو ربنا يسوع المسيح من اجل كلمته المقدسة الذي به نحيا ونتحرك ونوجد امين

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Daffney
Michael

Amen! To God be the Glory! I strive to be more like Jesus! Jesus was perfect! For that reason, he was the ultimate sacrifice so that we may have eternal life. We can’t Tana that for granted!

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