Hebrews 1:4 – 8 — “Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
“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?
“And again, when He bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him. And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. 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.”
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Mary Did You Know” by Buddy Greene. I was privileged to see my daughter’s school choir perform it this year, and as I think about it, the song is very fitting for a study in the first chapter of Hebrews. We would ask Mary, did you know this:
Hebrews 1:1 – 4 — “God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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; 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; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
This is the first in a study that I am beginning on the Epistle to the Hebrews. Before going straight into the study, I want to bring you into my understanding of the place and the context of this epistle. It has long been a controversial epistle in regards to authorship, audience, and intent.
It is no secret that the twelve apostles were all Jews, or better yet, men of Israel, Hebrews. In their ministry before the cross, they were sent to preach to the Jews. In Matthew 10:5 & 6, the Lord told them explicitly not to go to the Gentiles or to the Samaritans, but to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The Lord Himself said explicitly in Matthew 15:24 that He was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. In Romans 15:8, the apostle Paul reminds his readers that “Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God to confirm the promises made unto the fathers”, and any reader of the four Gospels would have to conclude that His ministry was indeed to Israel. He did not come to take away that which God had promised, but to confirm it. Continue reading “God Hath Spoken”