I have notes on Hebrews that I’d like to share today.

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 2:18 (NIV)

This verse promises us that Jesus can help us when we are tempted. Although we only read of one occasion where Jesus was tempted by the devil, I believe that there were other times when Jesus was tempted. Luke gives us this insight. 

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Luke 4:13 (NIV)

The last part of this verse, “he left him until an opportune time,” indicates Jesus was tempted again later. Furthermore, who can live a godly life and not be tempted? Temptation goes with the territory of trying to live a holy life. This verse from Hebrews 4 also indicates Jesus was tempted on more than one occasion.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)

To have been tempted in “every way, just as we are” means that the occasion we read of where Jesus is tempted isn’t the only one.

Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world (emphasis added).

Hebrews 4:3 (NIV)

I try to get people to understand this: Everything that is ever going to happen has already happened to God. When he made creation, he made all creation. There’s no adding to it or subtracting from it. It’s all there. This means that by the time you go to God in prayer about something, it’s already over with to God. Before you knew there was a problem, God has already worked it out to its conclusion. We just have to walk through it. Whatever “it” might be. 

Such a concept is incredibly difficult for us to comprehend. In fact, I wonder if we can really understand it since I see it as something tantamount to grasping and understanding infinity. Even my “description” is inadequate, and while I try and grasp and not let go of the concept, it often slips through my fingers, causing me to bend down and pick it up again. 

Those are my notes on Hebrews today. Thanks for stopping by!