The thinking is that the letter to the Hebrews was possibly written before the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70A.D. Jesus had not returned and Christians were wearying of the hardships and demands of the Christian life.
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus warned His followers that in a world in revolt against God, a world of hatred and violence, crises would be inevitable. At the time, Jesus was with His disciples on the Mount of Olives. According to Jewish tradition, God would take up His position at the last day on the Mount of Olives to wage war against the nations and manifest His Kingship. (Zechariah 14:4)
- From the letter to the Hebrews, what sort of hardships were Jewish Christians facing?
- What encouragement does the writer give them?
- How do you think the disciples felt about Jesus’ message as told by Matthew (24:9-14)?
- What encouragement did Jesus give them?
- How do you feel about the state of the world in which you live?
- What encouragement do these readings give you?
- Of what help to you is Psalm 34?
Food for thought:
Everything that kills the love within us kills the soul. The danger of persecution and injustice is not physical death but the death of the soul.