current bible studies

Be Strong and Courageous (Joshua 1)

Our study brings us to the book of Joshua as we have followed the people of Israel from Egypt to the border of the promised land. We have been noticing in our studies that the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy are not merely history books. Rather, these are books given to us by God so that we will see how God is going to save the world. These books are pictures of our redemption. In the book of Exodus we saw that God is going to raise up a deliverer who will crush the enemy and set us free from our slavery. In the book of Leviticus we learned that if we are going to be God’s people then we must be a holy people, devoted to the Lord. In the book of Numbers we learned that as we travel in the wilderness to the promised land we must not rebel or we will come up short. No one who rebels, not even Moses, will enter God’s promises. In the book of Deuteronomy we learned that to enter the promised land you must have a heart that desires God, desires God’s law, and understands that God is the reason why we can enter. God wants understanding hearts that truly see.

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Sacrificial Covenant (Hebrews 10:1-18)

Hebrews 8-10 are describing the glorious covenant that we have in Christ, which he established for us through his blood. Jesus gave himself because that was the superior sacrifice we needed to bring to us a cleansing, forgiving covenant. The reason the author is showing us these pictures of Jesus is so that we would not give up. The author does not want us to give up our faith and turn away from the Lord. Before expressing the important implications and applications from his teaching thus far in the book, there is one more picture that the author wants to draw for us as he brings this section of his teaching to an end. Open your copies of God’s word to Hebrews 10:1-18.

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Passing the Torch (Deuteronomy 31-34)

Moses has completed his expounding of the law to the people in a series of sermons. In his final sermon he declared that Israel was going to fail at keeping the law but that their hope would not be lost even in their disobedience. Once the people failed, God would circumcise their hearts and they would love the Lord with all their heart and soul. Further, the Lord would restore the fortunes of the people and have mercy on them. All of these things were pointing to the restoration that would be initiated when Jesus came. God would cut people’s hearts by sacrificing his own Son so that all the world could be gathered to him. With his sermons to the people of Israel complete, Moses must now pass the torch to his successor who will lead the people into the promised land. These are the final words of Moses.

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Cleansing Covenant (Hebrews 9)

The book of Hebrews is a message to Christians to hold fast and not give up. The writer of Hebrews has moved into describing the superior covenant that we enjoy so that we will not weaken in our faith. The author’s way to deepen and strengthen faith is to give us a greater vision of Jesus. As we have seen in the last couple of chapters, the arguments the author uses are rather dense. Remember that the author warned about the dullness of the hearers as he approached these discussions. He told them they would have difficulty understanding, not because the material is hard, but because they were dull of hearing (5:11-14). Hebrews 9 also has the same density in the presentation of the arguments. As we go through this chapter we will summarize the main points of each paragraph so we can understand the superior covenant we have in Christ.

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