Bible Study – Book of Hebrews 3

Jesus is Greater
Greater than Moses – Hebrews 3:1-19

Read Hebrews 3:1-6

  1. To whom is the author speaking?
    How does he describe the recipients of his letter?
  2. What does it mean to “consider / fix your thoughts on Jesus?”
    How does one go about this?
  3. How does the author describe Jesus?
    How does this description relate to the message the author is seeking to convey?
  4. Why is Moses brought into the discussion?
    Why was Moses important to the original recipients of Hebrews?
    How was Moses regarded by the unbelieving Jewish community in Jesus’ day?
  5. How does Numbers 12:6-8 relate to the words of our text?
  6. How is Jesus greater than Moses, and what difference should this make?
  7. How are we God’s household?
    How do you explain the last sentence in verse 6, which seems to place conditions on being God’s house?

Read Hebrews 3:7-19

  1. What happened at Massah and Meribah  (see Exodus 17:1-7)?
    Why was God angry?
  2. How does the psalmist apply Massah and Meribah to his own day in Psalm 95?
    In Psalm 95, what is the relationship between verses 1-5 and 6-11?
    What is the message of Psalm 95 and how does it apply to the readers of the Book of Hebrews?
  3. What is the relationship between Hebrews 3:7-19 and what comes before it?
  4. What does it mean to “harden one’s heart?”
    What are some personal warning signs of a growing “hardness of heart”?
    How can it be prevented?
  5. What does it mean to “enter into God’s rest?”
    What does it mean to “not enter into God’s rest?”
    If only two Israelites of that first generation (Joshua and Caleb, but not even Moses) entered into rest, does this mean that only two people were true believers?
  6. What is the meaning of “rest” for the New Testament Christian?
  7. Is “falling away” (3:12) the same thing as “drifting away” (2:1)?
  8. What evil is the author seeking to prevent or correct?
    What is the solution?
    To what degree is this a corporate problem, with a corporate (collective) solution (see vss. 12-14)?