Learning a lot so far.
Bundled in my Logos package was a nifty little book… Here’s the exact citation of it.
Gromacki, Robert G. New Testament Survey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1974.
If you’re using any other bible software (I recognize that for many readers, Logos is simply un-affordable – if it wasn’t for discount codes, my wife saving for my present, and some work that brought in extra money, I’d still be praying and wishing myself!)… make sure you get this little book. If it’s not available for your Bible software, consider going on Amazon and getting the hard copy. That makes it difficult in today’s digital age, as we tend to want all our library and tools inside our software. But this is a must get book.
I haven’t seen it question the Fundamentalist viewpoint of the Bible like a lot of Logos materials (most of the Faithlife stuff is very theologically liberal), but the way the author breaks things down was almost revolutionary. He’s obviously much farther along in the study of Biblical Contrastive thinking than I am.
Why did he have to show the superiority of Christ to the angels? In his first warning (2:1–4), he pointed out the difference between that “spoken by the angels” and that “spoken by the Lord.” Angels had a part in the giving of the law to Moses (cf. Gal. 3:19). Since those who disobeyed the Mosaic law were punished physically, is it not logical that those who disobey the word of Christ (and He is better than the angels) will receive a greater chastisement?
Robert G. Gromacki, New Testament Survey (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1974), 327.
You’ll save a lot of time by looking at what he has to say. It’s kind of like reading David Cloud – good to learn from someone who has most definitely spent a lifetime studying the Bible.
Something that Broadus mentioned was that our studies of the Bible draw upon the storehouse of all the times you’ve read it. Try not to read it like a Lubavitcher! It took me years to break that habit. To read like a Lubavitcher is to read through the Bible as fast as you can. Why? Lubavitchers have far more prayers to say than other Chassids, so they quickly get through the habit of reading as fast as you can.
I’m saying it now – if you’re in that habit, you might as well not even bother to read the Bible.
Remember this? “Lord, bid my brother divide his inheritance with me!”
What’s the response?
(insert Jeopardy theme here)
Time! You should have responded, “Who made me a judge over you?”
If you’re reading the bible quickly (just passing your eyes quickly across the page so you can get back to watching TV), nothing will happen. You’re probably not going to remember it. Read the Bible, or don’t read it at all. But don’t do fast reading and think, “I just read sixteen chapters of the Bilble!”
What did you read? What was it about?
Go back and do it again.
To really get a feel for what Hebrews is about, you should read the entire book at least five times. After a lot of reading, you can begin your study. We really haven’t done much in the way of interpreting yet. We’ve done reading.
So, create a new sermon plan in Logos. You want to read Hebrews every day for the next 5 days. Choose “documents” and “Generate a reading plan”, then “Read Hebrews by default in King James Bible every day and finishing in 1 session”. Then you go to the calendar view and add extra sessions.
This way, literally, logos will force you to read Hebrews every day for 5 days.
A proper understanding of Hebrews will do one thing, I guarantee it – you’ll stop worrying you can lose your salvation. Guarantee it. Remember, that Hebrews proceeds from the proposition that all its hypothetical questions are answered in “no”. this is something we’re going to test as we go along. People who’ve made a profession of faith, and walked away tend to avoid Hebrews for this very reason. We’re going to examine it, because after all, Peter denied Jesus Christ. Did he go to heaven?
The other apostles all abandoned Jesus Christ. Did they go to heaven?
Start your reading plan. See you tomorrow!