Into the Lesson
Fill the classroom with as many pictures, images and knick knacks of angels that you can find. Also attach two posters to the wall with the following headings: “What We Know About Angels” and “Angels at Work in the Bible.”
As class begins, appoint two “scribes” to be ready to write on these posters as class members brain storm answers. Ask students to share what they know about the nature of angels and to cite appearances of angels in the Bible. After the exercise ask students what songs they know that include references to angels (examples: “Angels’…”-from the Realms of Glory,” “Angels We Have Heard on High”). Ask, “What do those songs Inch us about angels, if anything?”
Make the transition to Bible study by saying, ‘While the world has a special fascination with angels, we really don’t know a lot about them.& the existence of angels becomes part of agnat revelation about the nature of Jesus. That revelation about Jesus, as it speaks of His distinguish us from angels, is found in today’s text.”
Into the Word
Give to four study groups copies of their respective instructions below and copies of their assigned passages from the lesson commentary, so give Groups #2 and #3 poster board and mailers. Ask each group to appoint a spokes person to report the group’s conclusions. Larger classes may have more than one group working each task. Keep group sizes to five people.
Group #1. Your task is to give a report on how Gad revealed himself progressively before the arrval of Jesus (Hebrews 1:1). You will find the lesson commentary on verse 1 and the Introduction to the commentary to be helpful. Also discuss the dangers of believing in progressive (on-going) revelation after Christ.
Group #2. Your task is to focus on verse 2a of our printed text as you describe how God has revealed himself in Jesus. Write on the board the two major implications of this verse for our understanding of Christ; be ready to explain these to the class. Illustrate on the poster board each implication, if possible. The attached lesson commentary will be helpful.
Group #3. Your task is to report how God has revealed himself through Jesus’ many roles and attributes (vv. 2b, 3). The lesson commentary on these verses will be helpful. Write the four images of Christ from verse 3 on the poster board and be ready to explain them to the class. Group #4. Your group will discuss the significance of angels as the writer of Hebrews uses them to illustrate the superiority of Jesus. The attached lesson commentary will be helpful. Be sure to include remarks about the significance of Jesus’ name (v. 4), the significance of Jesus’ being called God’s Son (v. 5), the issue of who is worshiped (v. 6), and the heavenly roles of Jesus and angels (vv. 7-9).
Allow each group to share its conclusions with the class.
Use the following discussion questions to help make this lesson personal. Say, “The focus of today’s lesson is on Jesus rather than on angels. Nevertheless, we learn some things about angels and their relationship with Jesus. What have you learned about angels in this study? Why do you think it is important that today’s church under-stands the relationship of Jesus and angels? Why would God include this significant teaching in His everlasting Word? Look at verses 2-4. Of all the qualities and notations about Jesus mentioned in these three verses, which grabs your attention today? Why?”
Give each student an index card. Remind the class that several issues have been discussed that are important to their faith. Ask class members to jot down key words they could use in a testimony about how their faith is stronger because of this study. Allow volunteers to share their thoughts