April 3, 2018
Jumping right into the General Epistles we begin our reading in Hebrews. The book of Hebrews may have been written by Paul, Barnabas, Luke or even Apollos. The author is uncertain. The book is written, most likely, to Hebrew Christians (Jewish Christians) who were in constant danger of relapsing to Judaism and/or attaching themselves to ceremonial observances.
There is a key theme all throughout Hebrews and that is the superiority of Christ and His work.
As we read chapter 1 we instantly read the main theme of this book and that is in verse 1 - 3. The book of Hebrews explores the superiority of Jesus versus the angles and the Torah, versus Moses, versus the priesthood (that we read about in Exodus) and versus the sacrifices (that are talked about in Leviticus).
More specifically in chapter 1, Jesus is superior to angels. Do you remember how God would send "messengers" (aka angels) to speak to His people? Because, if you recall, no one could see the face of God and live. Not even Moses. And so all through Genesis, Exodus and the rest of the Torah (1st 5 book of the Old Testament) God sent messages to speak the words of God, the commandments of God, the directions of God.
Today, we have a far superior messenger! We have Jesus! And the message that He brings is the message the far exceeds any previous messenger. His message of hope and salvation is what I need to listen to and adhere to. Today, let me realize the message Jesus brought. God didn't leave us questioning His instructions for us. He saw fit to send you and I a message and that message is that He loves you, that He made a pathway to salvation in the midst of an evil world. Hold fast to these words and don't let the devil convince you there is no hope!
Hebrews 1:1-14 (KJV)
God has spoken to us through Christ, His Son
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
who is superior to the angels, as shown by seven passages of Scripture
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
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