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Literature / Book of Hebrews

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One of the General Epistles that make up the New Testament of The Bible, commonly accredited to Paul the apostle as its writer, though it lacks Paul's signature opening. In this epistle, the writer addresses the Hebrews about the significance and superiority of the New Covenant initiated by Jesus Christ over the Old Covenant system of continual sacrifices.

This book provides examples of:

  • Angel Unaware/Sacred Hospitality: In Hebrews 13:2:
    Do not forget to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unknowingly.
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  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In Hebrews chapter 11, Enoch is mentioned here as being taken by God, or "translated", so that he didn't see death, because he pleased God with his faith.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Plenty of Old Testament Scripture verses are mentioned here in this epistle.
  • Back from the Dead: In Hebrews 11:35, with the latter part possibly referring to the seven brothers in 2nd Maccabees:
    Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured and did not accept deliverance, so that they might obtain a better resurrection.
  • Blood Oath: Both the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant, as mentioned in this book, are covenants signed and sealed by God in blood so that they are binding on the people God has a covenant with. As Moses did the honors with sprinkling the book of the Mosaic Covenant as well as the people with the blood of calves and bulls, Jesus did the same with the shedding of His own blood on the cross to put the New Covenant into effect.
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  • Call-Back: To Genesis, as the writer alludes to Abraham's meeting with Melchizedek, who is a forerunner to Jesus Christ and His role as the everlasting priest.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: The author of this book states that it is impossible for God to lie. That doesn't mean that God cannot deceive people (He's God, after all, nothing is beyond His power), it's just that He sees it as against his nature.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In Chapter 11, it says that the men of God who had faith were even "sawn asunder", possibly referring to Isaiah the prophet's death during the time of King Manasseh of Judah.
  • Defector from Decadence/Evil Feels Good: In Hebrews 11:24-26:
    By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time. He esteemed the reproach of Christ as greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward.
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  • External Retcon: The author makes the case that much of the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament, to Christians) is in fact a prophecy and/or allegory of the coming of Jesus Christ.
  • Faith–Heel Turn: Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:26-31 is a warning to those who deliberately walk away from the Christian faith. Some Christians believe this applies to anyone who were saved while others believe this is a warning to the Jews to not return to the Old Covenant.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Hebrews 12:25-29 is a warning to believers.
    See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused Him who spoke on earth, much less shall we escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven. At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has given us a promise, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.” And this statement, “Yet once more,” signifies the removal of those things that can be shaken, things that are created, so that only those things that cannot be shaken will remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved, let us be gracious, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Hebrews 13:4 is a warning to believers of how to keep the sex good (according to God's view of "good"):
    Marriage is to be honored among everyone, and the bed undefiled. But God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.
  • Greed: Hebrews 13:5 warns against this:
    Let your lives be without love of money, and be content with the things you have. For He has said: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Suggested in Hebrews 6:4-6 as a warning.
    For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to be renewed once more to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and subject Him to public shame.
    • Also in Hebrews 10:26-31:
    For if we willfully continue to sin after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment and fiery indignation, which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who despised Moses’ law died without mercy in the presence of two or three witnesses. How much more severe a punishment do you suppose he deserves, who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded the blood of the covenant that sanctified him to be a common thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine,” says the Lord, “I will repay.” And again He says, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
    • And Hebrews 12:16-17 warns believers not to be godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a bowl of stew, and then later was denied the blessing from his father, for "he found no place for repentance, though he diligently sought for it with tears."
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Hebrews 4:15 says this about Jesus:
    For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin.
  • Missing Mom/Disappeared Dad: Melchizedek is mentioned here in this epistle as being without either father or mother.
  • No Name Given: The author of the epistle. Many theories of his (or her!) identity have been proposed, although the most popular candidate may be St. Paul.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: Hebrews 12:14 tells believers they should strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
  • Pushover Parents: Hebrews 12:7-8 states that not being chastened by God means you're not one of His sons, but a bastard.
    If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
  • Religion Is Right: That is, putting your faith in Jesus Christ and His one-time-for-all-time sacrifice for sins is right, as this is the whole focus of the entire book.
  • Second Coming: Hebrews 9:28 says Jesus will come a second time, not to bear sin, but to save those who are looking for Him to come.
  • Son of a Whore: Chapter 12 states that every true son of God undergoes chastisement, and those that don't are most likely "bastards" or "illegitimate children" than true sons.
  • Soul-Cutting Blade: Suggested in Hebrews 4:12-13 in regards to the power of God's Word.
    For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. There is no creature that is not revealed in His sight, for all things are bare and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
  • We All Die Someday: Hebrews 9:27 says that it's appointed for men (meaning everyone, the Rapture notwithstanding) to die once and then face judgment.

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