Like many in the early church, these "hearers" to whom our writer writes came out of a Jewish background. And, as would be the case in almost any religion, those whom they left in that religion were concerned about these departing converts to Christianity. They wanted them back.
So our writer recognizes there is a strong pull on these Jewish believers away from gospel grace. He wants to strengthen them in their commitment to Jesus, the Christ. But there's a problem. We began analyzing it last week. These Jewish Christians weren't able to "hear" the truth they needed in order to stand firm. It wasn't that there was any lack in solid truth in which they could stand and find their faith strengthened. There was truth aplenty available. And our writer of Hebrews was anxious to teach them the truth they needed to hear.
But something was going wrong. It wasn't a truth problem. And it wasn't a teaching problem. It was a hearing problem. These Christians had "...become dull of hearing"(5:1). And we started considering last Sunday how that had happened. We considered the marks of a healthy hearing process when it comes to God's Word. We considered what needed to happen before hearing the Word in preparation. We considered what needed to happen during the actual hearing of the Word. And we considered what needed to happen after hearing the Word to retain benefit from it.