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Hebrews 1 (ESV)
1 Long ago,
at many times and in many ways,
spoke to our fathers
by the prophets,
2 but in these last days
he has spoken to us
by his Son,
whom he appointed the heir of all things,
through whom also he created the world.
the radiance of the glory of God
and the exact imprint of his nature,
upholds the universe
by the word of his power.
After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son, today I have begotten you”?
Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?
6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 Of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds,
and his ministers a flame of fire.”
8 But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God,
is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
10 And, “You, Lord,
laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
12 like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”
13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,
“Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
14 Are they not all
sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Hebrews 1 Summary
In many ways, the letter to the Hebrews is like a sermon that was meant to be heard all at once. Although we don't know who wrote it, what we do know is that the theme of this book is to remind faithful Hebrew people facing immanent persecution (whom the letter was first written to) that Jesus was, is and always will be their ultimate salvation.
Chapter 1 sets the theme for the entire book by explaining who Jesus Christ is:
The Son of God is the one who:
is heir of all thing;
upholds the universe;
through whom God:
created the universe;
and now speaks to us.
has made purification from sins;
has sat down at God's right hand, superior to all beings - even the angels.
The word 'gospel' simply means 'good news,' and it can be easy to think that the 'good news' in the Bible doesn't begin until Jesus is born at the beginning of the New Testament. But that's not the case.
The opening four verses of this book make it clear that every chapter in the Old Testament points to the gospel of Jesus Christ. That means that as you read the Old Testament, always be wondering how the passage you are reading points to Christ.
In other words, when we read the story of David & Goliath, the primary lesson is not 'God will slay the giants in your life,' but rather, 'God will always provide a savior for His people.' In triumphing over Goliath, David saved Israel, but as we read it in the light of Christ, we see that the victory God gave David was just a glimpse of the victory God gave us in Christ.
As we read Hebrews together over these next few weeks, make a goal for yourself to really and truly understand who Jesus Christ is.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father is the Majesty on high, and His Son is the radiance of His glory.
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that as you read through Hebrews, you will truly come to know Jesus.
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: