Icebreaker: Did you know that the Bible says that men have to make coffee for their wives? He-brews… get it?
Okay, don’t worry; the book of Hebrews isn’t filled of cheesy jokes like that. Luckily for us Hebrews is a book that describes Jesus’ superiority over all creation. One theologian says that you cannot fully understand the book of Hebrews without studying the book of Leviticus (and you all should be Leviticus experts) due to the priesthood. It’s my prayer that we have a fuller understanding of Jesus and His ministry for you and me while studying the book of Hebrews.
1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. 4 This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.
The Son Is Greater Than the Angels
5 For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:
“You are my Son.
Today I have become your Father.[a]”
God also said,
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son.”[b]
6 And when he brought his supreme[c] Son into the world, God said,[d]
“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”[e]
7 Regarding the angels, he says,
“He sends his angels like the winds,
his servants like flames of fire.”[f]
8 But to the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
You rule with a scepter of justice.
9 You love justice and hate evil.
Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,
pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”[g]
10 He also says to the Son,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth
and made the heavens with your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain forever.
They will wear out like old clothing.
12 You will fold them up like a cloak
and discard them like old clothing.
But you are always the same;
you will live forever.”[h]
13 And God never said to any of the angels,
“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies,
making them a footstool under your feet.”[i]
14 Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.
Wow, there is so much we can unpack from this particular chapter but we’ll focus in on just a couple verses. In verse 8-9 we see God the Father addressing Jesus, His Son, as “God.” That seems pretty interesting, especially because many take away the divinity of Jesus Christ by making Him lower than God but in this text, God the Father looks to God the Son as an equal, as a part of the Godhead.
Throughout the entire chapter we see that Jesus is supreme over all. God the Father even says that Jesus sits at the right hand of His throne. This is a great setup for the remainder of the chapter. Jesus is the Lord over all; will you make Him the Lord of your life? I pray that you do.
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