Angels were mysterious beings to the Hebrews. They were messengers of God and prominent in the Hebrew scriptures. The Hebrew nation picked up a greater fascination for angels during their exile in Babylon. The Hebrew Christian needed to be reminded that Christ was superior to these beings who were known to be at God's throne.
Briefly survey the book of Hebrews and then write what you hope to gain from this study
of a book written to struggling Jewish Christians in the first century.
What background did the Jewish Christians (to whom Hebrews was written) have that
may have necessitated writing this chapter on the superiority of Jesus over prophets and
Recall various ways that God has spoken to people through out the history of man. Cite
List the seven statements about the superiority of Jesus from Hebrews 1:2-4.
Share the importance of one or two of these seven statements in Hebrews 1:2-4.
Considering the superior position and message from Christ, how do the following
verses describe His Word?
How is the word of God's Son received and perceived in the world today?
Give seven ways in which Jesus is superior to angels as cited by these scriptures.
Hebrews 1:4 and Phil. 2:9,10; Isaiah 9:6
Hebrews 1:5a and Psalm 2:7
Hebrews 1:5b and II Samuel 7:14
Hebrews 1:6 and Psalm 97:7
Hebrews 1:7-10 and Psalms 104:4; 45:6, 7; 102:25
Hebrews 1:11,12 and Isaiah 34:4; 50:9; 51:6
Hebrews 1:13 and Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:44
What is the role of angels as cited in Hebrews 1:14?
From this first chapter of Hebrews, what conclusion(s) can be drawn about God's final,
most authoritative and comprehensive revelation?
What are some characteristics of the life of a person who accepts Jesus Christ as the
final, superior authority in her life?
Trained from birth about their beloved prophets, the Jewish Christians found it difficult to
accept Jesus Christ as superior. How will you demonstrate openness in your study of
God's word even if what God's word reveals is different from your background? Share
an example of some behavior changes (small or large) you had to make because of
something you learned from studying God's Word.
PERSONAL CHALLENGES FOR THE WEEK
Look for ways to express thankfulness to God for His revealed word.
What worldly things compete for "top spot" in your heart and life instead of Jesus Christ?
What will you share from this lesson with someone who has not accepted Christ as the
superior authority in her life?
Women IN God's Service
The Study of Hebrews - "Better Than Angels" (lesson 1)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 2 January 2001
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas