At first glance, Deuteronomy and Hebrews might seem very different from each other. In actuality, however, they're quite similar. Both are records of public addresses delivered at particularly pivotal times in the history of God and his people.
Deuteronomy speaks to those living a generation after the most significant saving work of God in the Old Testament: the exodus. Hebrews speaks to those living a generation after the most significant saving work of God ever: the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Both acts of salvation changed the relationship between God and humanity in dramatic ways and provided a new picture of the depths of God's power and love for the people he chose as his own. Deuteronomy and Hebrews, then, are both a call to embrace the new gift of salvation God has given and the new type of relationship God has made possible between himself and sinful humans.
God's great work of salvation in Jesus Christ continues today. These studies not only help us make sense of Deuteronomy and Hebrews but also hold out the same invitation these two books of Scripture extended to God's people generations ago: Accept God's saving acts. Come closer and closer to him. And embrace his continuing work of forming us into a people who make his name known through all generations.
The Understanding the Books of the Bible series moves groups away from a typical Bible study format into a new approach to experiencing the Bible together. Instead of following artificial chapter and verse divisions, these study guides lead groups through whole books following their natural outlines and flow. They pose engaging questions for discussion with personal implications all along the way, leading to a community Bible experience.
Deuteronomy/Hebrews by Christopher R. Smith was published by IVP Connect in February 2013 and is our 61593rd best seller. The ISBN for Deuteronomy/Hebrews is 9780830858156.