Daily Cross Reference Bible Reading Plan

Let’s read through the book of Hebrews one verse at a time in 2023. Every day explore a single verse and its cross references. AI-generated text draws the passages together. RSS feed.

Verse for January 1, 2023: Hebrews 1:1

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

Themes in These Cross References (AI-Generated)

These cross references provide evidence that God has been speaking to his people throughout history. They demonstrate that God has been communicating with humanity through a variety of means, including visions, dreams, and prophecy. The references also show that God has been fulfilling his promises to Abraham and his descendants, as well as to all of humanity. Furthermore, they demonstrate that Jesus is the fulfillment of all of God's promises, and that Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit.

10 Cross References

Passage How It’s Related (AI-Generated)
Genesis 3:15: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Both passages refer to God's plan of salvation. Hebrews 1:1 refers to God's promise of redemption through the prophets, while Genesis 3:15 refers to the promise of a Redeemer who would come to defeat Satan and restore humanity.
Genesis 12:1-3: Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Both passages demonstrate God's faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham. In Hebrews 1:1, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets, including Abraham, and in Genesis 12:1-3, God made a covenant with Abraham to bless him and all the families of the earth.
Genesis 46:2-4: And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes.” Both passages describe God speaking to Jacob (Israel) in order to guide him in his journey. In Hebrews 1:1, it is a general statement that God spoke to the fathers of Israel through the prophets. In Genesis 46:2-4, it is a specific example of God speaking to Jacob and reassuring him of his faithfulness.
Numbers 12:6-8: And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” Both passages speak of God's communication with His people through prophets. In Hebrews 1:1, God speaks to "our fathers by the prophets," while in Numbers 12:6-8, God speaks to Moses "mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles."
Joel 2:28: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Both passages refer to God's communication with humanity. Hebrews 1:1 refers to God speaking to people in the past through the prophets, and Joel 2:28 refers to God speaking to people in the future through visions and dreams.
Luke 1:55: as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” Both passages refer to God's communication to the people of Israel through the prophets, specifically mentioning Abraham as an example. This communication was part of God's plan to bring salvation to his people.
Luke 24:27: And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Both passages refer to God's communication with mankind through the prophets. In Hebrews 1:1, we learn that God spoke to the fathers of the Israelites "at many times and in many ways" through the prophets. In Luke 24:27, we learn that Jesus Christ then interpreted to the disciples how all of the Scriptures related to himself.
Acts 2:30: Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, Both passages refer to God's promise to send a descendant of King David to reign as king. In Hebrews 1:1, it is mentioned that God spoke to the fathers of Israel through the prophets. In Acts 2:30, the speaker is Peter, and he is referring to a specific prophecy given to King David by God.
1 Peter 1:10-12: Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. Both passages refer to the prophets of the Old Testament, who prophesied of the sufferings and glories of Christ. Hebrews 1:1 states that God spoke to the people of Israel through the prophets, and 1 Peter 1:10-12 explains that the prophets searched carefully for the meaning of their prophecies, which were ultimately fulfilled in the coming of Christ.
2 Peter 1:20-21: knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. Both passages emphasize the divine origin of Scripture. Hebrews 1:1 acknowledges that God spoke to the prophets in the past, while 2 Peter 1:20–21 explains that the prophets were carried along by the Holy Spirit, not their own interpretation, when they spoke.

Concluding Prayer (AI-Generated)

Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your faithfulness and for Your promises throughout the ages. We thank You for speaking to our fathers by the prophets, for making Yourself known to them in visions of the night and in dreams, for revealing Yourself to Moses in a burning bush and for sending Your Spirit to guide and comfort us.

We thank You for Your covenant with Abraham and for Your mercy promised to our fathers, for the good news of salvation that You have revealed through Your prophets and through Your Son. We thank You for the grace You have shown us and for the blessings You have provided.

We humbly pray that You would continue to pour out Your Spirit on us, that You would open our eyes to behold the wonders of Your Word, and that You would guide us in our understanding of Your will. May we be faithful to Your covenant, obedient to Your commands, and devoted to Your service. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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About This Reading Plan

This reading plan reads through a single verse each day, six days a week, paired with the most-popular cross references for the verse. AI-generated (and human-reviewed) text provides an opening thought and concluding prayer along with an explanation for how each cross reference relates to the verse. In 2023, this reading plan works through Hebrews one verse at a time. Every seventh day is a catchup day. Want more info? Try this blog post.