what would be a good Bible study question to ask on Hebrews 10:1-10?what would be a good Bible study question to ask on Hebrews 10:1-10?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The whole emphasis of this great passage of Scripture is on how Christ has fulfilled all the promises of the Old Testament, and rendered null and void the need for humans to offer blood sacrifices to atone for their sins. Note how in verse 10 it says:

And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.

Note how this encapsulates the Gospel message, that through faith in Jesus Christ we are made holy through his willing sacrifice of himself on the cross for us, thus taking away the barrier of sin that divides fallen humanity from God.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I'd concentrate on the aspect of sacrifice.  It has one meaning and use in the Old Testament, and that concept changes in the New Testament--or should I say the need for the offering of sacrifices changes.  What did sacrifice look like before Christ; how did Christ become the only necessary sacrifice. 

I'd concentrate on the aspect of sacrifice.  It has one meaning and use in the Old Testament, and that concept changes in the New Testament--or should I say the need for the offering of sacrifices changes.  What did sacrifice look like before Christ; how did Christ become the only necessary sacrifice. 

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The emphasis of this section focuses on the need for the sacrifice of Christ. The author of Hebrews is at pains to show that the sacrificial system really pointed forward to the need for Christ’s work on the cross. The blood of bulls and goats were only provisional; whereas the blood of Christ is once for all and eternal. Now that Christ has come, one does not need to be preoccupied with the shadows. His pastoral exhortation is: don’t fall back into the sacrificial system in view of the fulfillment in Christ.

Questions for Discussion

1. As one can see, God works gradually through stages in redemptive history. For example, there is a sacrificial system, temple worship, and priests. What lesson might God be teaching through these institutions? What can we say about his character?

2. Consider Hebrews 10:4 where the author says that the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin. Why would there be sacrifices it the OT, if they were not efficacious?

3. Hebrews 9:23 states that the heaven realities had to be purified through the work of Christ. Why is purity so important for God? Is God being unfair by such a lofty demand?

3. In Hebrews 10:7-10, Jesus’ read a portion of the Old Testament and states that he has come to fulfill these words. What can we learn about Jesus’ mission? What new insights can we gain from this mission? What does Jesus’ attitude to his impending sacrifice demonstrate?

4. Why can sins only be removed by the blood of Christ?

Please see links for general information on interpretation and the background on Hebrews.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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First, think about what is going on in this passage -- what the themes are.  I would say there are two themes: Christ's sacrifice for our sake and "the law."  A good question about this passage could deal with either of these.

For the first theme, you could ask "what sacrifices can we make to be more like Christ, to 'come to do (God's) will'?"

For the second theme, you could look at the first verse of the chapter.  What does it mean that the law is a shadow of good things that are coming?  Even if following the law can not cleanse us, what can the law tell us about what is coming and what we should try to be?

I hope that helps...

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Any Bible study group could find much in this particular passage to analyze.  The overriding question seems to be analysis of the meaning of Jesus Christ's sacrifice.  This might be an excellent starting point for discussion.  The section seems to be discussing the old order of morality in contrast to the new order of morality where Christ's sacrifice has helped to bring about the salvation of mankind.  Perhaps, discussing 10:5- 7 might be a starting point for this where we read of "the old order" and how Christ's sacrifice represents the new order. The selection continues to discuss the "will of God" and obedience to God's law, which implies that Christ understood that his sacrifice was to be an essential part of the Divine's plan for humanity.  I think an excellent discussion point in a small group would be how this makes individuals who are descendants of this tradition feel.  How does one categorize their own life and actions with this in mind?  These might be good starting points for a discussion of an extremely intense section of the Bible.

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