Hebrews was written to a group of Jewish people who were moving toward Christ and they had found it to be quite difficult.
You see there were two things that it was very difficult to be at the end of the first century –
- A Jew – The Jews had been expelled from Rome and were falling under disrepute throughout the empire.
- A Christian – Under Nero Christians had been severely persecuted and it was only going to get worse under Diocletian.
The only thing worse than being a Christian or a Jew was to be a Jewish Christian. That’s exactly who this letter was written to.
They had already suffered greatly and it was about to get worse.