|| Bible Question: What
are the scriptural proofs that the book of Hebrews was written
to the Jews?
Bible Answer: The
book of Hebrews was written to Jews who claimed to be Christians.
The book was written before
Jerusalem was destroyed and during the persecution. We discover
later in the book that the readers of this letter had been persecuted.
remember the former days, when, after being enlightened,
you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly, by being
made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations,
and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.
For you showed sympathy to the prisoners, and accepted joyfully
the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves
a better possession and an abiding one. (NASB) Hebrews 10:32-34
it is safe to say that Hebrews was written about A.D. 65-69. How
do we know it was written to people who claimed to be Jewish Christians
or Hebrew Christians?
To Christians? The
first clue comes in the first chapter of Hebrews when the Holy Spirit
tells us that the angels are spirits who minister to those who inherit
they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service
for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? For this
reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have
heard, lest we drift away from it. (NASB) Hebrews 1:14-2:1
Hebrews 3:1 the Holy Spirit calls them "holy brethren," but
then questions if they are real Christians. It becomes apparent later
that some are and some are not acting as if they are believers. He
encourages these men and women to pay attention to the truth they
have been taught about salvation. This is a Christian term. Later
in Hebrews 5 and 6 the Holy Spirit encourages them to grow in maturity
by desiring more than the soft, warm comfortable sermons (Heb. 5:11-14).
leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us
press on to maturity . . . (NASB) Heb. 6:1
later in Hebrews 6:9-10 the Holy Spirit encourages them when He tells
them that God has not forgotten their care for the other saints.
That clearly implies that these men and women are attending a Christian
God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love
which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered
and in still ministering to the saints . (NASB)
fact is repeated again in Hebrews 10:24-25.
letter was written to Christian men and women who were also Jews.
In this book the Holy Spirit reasons with them by referring to many
Old Testament passages and Jewish references. This would only have
meaning to real Jews. Here are a few of the references.
fathers and prophets.
Old Testament quotes.
wilderness wanderings and unbelief.
the high priest, and Melchizedek.
and the promise.
Abraham, and the Levites.
and new covenants.
tabernacle, sacrifices, and cleansings.
today very few Gentiles can quickly follow the reasoning. But a Jewish
man and woman can.
book of Hebrews is a serious book, but it is also a wonderful book
since it gives us a pattern for spiritual growth. God does not call
them to do many things, but to study God's Word (Heb. 5:11-14) ,
to use their spiritual gifts (Heb. 10:24-25), to imitate godly leaders
(Heb. 13:7), and to believe in Jesus (Heb.11;