Psalm 88 – Why Won’t You Listen?


Ever felt like God wasn’t listening to you? Like God couldn’t hear you or was ignoring you? I think we all have those kind of days. While we must cling to the promise of Jesus, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” we also must remember that even the heroes of the Bible had doubts.

“O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?”
Verse 14

While you read this psalm, you’ll find that there’s little encouragement. The entirety of it is the sons of Korah begging God to answer them!

While within the psalm itself there is no hope, we can definitely be encouraged by reading this psalm. The big lesson we can learn is that it is ok to have doubts and questions about our walk with God. This psalm shows us that everyone at one time or another has doubts, and that everyone has times where they feel ignored by God. It’s ok to voice your frustrations to God, but remember: He does hear, as this psalmist so confidently declares, and He has promised to never leave you!

Amidst the darkest storms of despair we may feel all alone, targeted, and forgotten.
But the One who says “I will never leave you” has never broken a promise.

Hold onto Jesus, my friends! He’s never failed me yet!

Timmy Baze 😀

Scripture portions are taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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12 thoughts on “Psalm 88 – Why Won’t You Listen?

  1. You rightly say we do have to hold on to God, but at the same time you seem to minimize His position by directing the people more to Jesus. Jesus is the way to god, so we can not do without him. Without him we would not be justified and not worthy to come in front of the Father of Jesus. But the son of God Jesus, the Messiah has now liberated us, so we can go straight up to God to talk to Him. Jesus will stay the mediator between god and men, so he will always be willing to help in case it is necessary.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting! Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply! I recently returned home from a summer job.
      I see your concern, and correct me if I am wrong, but Jesus did say “I and My Father are One.” Pointing people to Jesus, the climax of the entire Bible, definitely points people to the Father as well. Pointing people to Jesus does not minimize the Father’s position, in my understanding. In fact a careful study of scripture will show that Jesus is actually the God of the Old Testament as well!
      It is true, however, that we can go directly to God, in Jesus’ name. What a privilege it is to have access to all three members of the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
      Does that match with what you’ve been studying?

  2. Jesus and God are one like any parent and their children, a CEO and his business, should be one, but are not always one. That does not mean that the child is the same as the parent. Jesus (Jeshua) and Jehovah are two different entities.
    God who does not tell lies said about the Nazarene Jeshua “This is my beloved son.” And the son who did not sin, so also did not tell lies never claimed to be God and also said he did not know everything, while God knows everything an that he could not do anything without his Father.

    • The Father and His Son Jesus are a team, along with the Holy Spirit. All work together and are dependent on each other. Jesus, however, did claim to be God when He said, “‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.’ Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.” (John 8:58-59). Employing the same words “I am” as spoken to Moses in Exodus 3:14, the astonished Jewish leaders recognized that familiar phrase, and picking up stones, they tried to give Jesus the common punishment for blasphemy: claiming to be God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, John said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). Later on the term “Word” is linked with Jesus in verse 14: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

      Just as Jesus is “the only begotten from the Father,” He is also “the Word” which “became flesh and dwelt among us.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

      Elsewhere in the Bible, there are more evidences that Jesus is indeed God, just as the Father is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. We point people to Jesus because Jesus Himself said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” (John 14:9).

      Truly Jesus never lies, and neither does the Father. Jesus did indeed claim to be God–the I AM of the Old Testament.
      Truly the Holy Spirit also never lies, as He is called the Spirit of Truth, and speaks not on His own, but what He hears from the Father and Son, He speaks. The Holy Spirit spoke, or wrote, through the Apostle John saying that the Word was God, and then defines the Word as Jesus Christ.

      Please let me know if my study of scriptures is faulty. We are human, and can make mistakes. If what we are publishing is incorrect in doctrine, we want to know, so instead we can publish only that which is true. I appreciate your thoughts on this matter.
      God Bless,
      Timmy

  3. In the Garden of Eden, before Abraham was born, God promised a Messiah. His speaking or promising was the Word said which became to fulfilment in the placing of Jesus in the womb of Miriam (Mary/Maria).
    Jesus is not a or more words nor is he God,but the coming to life of what God had said.

    • He claimed to be God in the fact that He used the phrase “I am.” This phrase was used in Exodus 3:14 as God speaks to Moses from the burning bush. Moses asks God, “When they ask, “What is His name?” what shall I say?” God responds, “I AM THAT I AM. Tell them ‘I AM has send you.” Using the same phrase from the Old Testament, Jesus says, “before Abraham was, I am.” Not only is He revealing that He is eternal, He is also revealing that He is the I AM, the very One who spoke to Moses from the burning bush. The Jewish leaders even recognized what Jesus has so clearly claimed. The punishment for blasphemy (claiming to be God) was stoning, and then picked up stones to stone Jesus.

      The phrase “the Word was God” in John 1:1 in both its English and Greek forms is not a possessive form, to be read “the Word was from God,” or “the Word was God’s.” Although these statements are both true, that Jesus was from God, and that Jesus was God’s Son, this is not the point that John is making here. John describes Jesus Christ as being the Word. Yes, He was the Word promised in Genesis 3:15, but this Word was more than literal “words.” This Word was God Himself, not the Father, but Jesus Christ, His Son.

      I’m currently taking another look at the beginning of John 1. Notice how in verse two, it says “This One (describing the Word) was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” This Word was the Creator of the heavens and earth. It is more than a literal word, and this is because Genesis 1:26 says “Let us (plural) make man in our (plural) own image.” Jesus is our Creator.

      This may seem hard to believe, and I can see how it would be simpler to assume that the word in John 1 is simply the literal words God spoke to create the world. As I read further I discovered this text in John 1:17-18 “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” Verse 18 clearly says that no one has seen God at any time.

      But what about when Moses saw God’s back? In Exodus 33:23, God tells Moses, “Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.” And it happens, “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth…” (Exodus 34:6).

      Adam and Eve also saw God, He walked with them in the garden in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3:8).

      Moses saw God. Not His face, but His back–and this still counts as Moses seeing God. Adam and Eve saw God, not just His back, but His whole body. The text in John 1:18 said, “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” With the previous verse (17) describing Moses receiving the law, John explains that the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father has explained God. So I must conclude that Moses saw Jesus, and not the Father (as I’m sure you’ll agree that most of the time the New Testament uses the word “God” it refers to the Father) since John clearly says no one has seen God–ever.

      If this is true, that Moses saw God the Son instead of God the Father, then it is also true that the Son is the Creator, the Son is the Lawgiver, and the Son is the “God” of the Old Testament.

      Jesus claimed to be the “I AM,” and the religious leaders recognized that claim.
      John says the Word was God, and instead of saying it was “God’s”, or it was “from God,” as he could have said, he said “The Word was God.”
      John says in verse 18 that no one has seen God, and the the only begotten has explained Him to us. The word God in the NT usually refers to the Father. But Moses, Adam, and Eve are recorded as seeing God.

      Throughout the Bible, when people have seen God, they have not seen the Father, but have seen Jesus instead. Jesus, according to my studies, then must be God.

      Now to clarify, Jesus and the Father are not the same person. The Father is a separate entity than the Son, which is why Jesus prayed to His Father.

      The Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all three God. They are not gods (plural), which is why the Bible says “The Lord our God, the Lord is One.” (Deuteronomy 6:4), to show the Israelites the difference between their God, and the many gods of the nations around them.

      It’s a difficult concept: three entities who are all One. This is concept that we may not fully understand until we are in the New World! The best way I can understand it is the analogy of water. Water can be seen in three different components: gas, liquid, and solid. When I see water, I immediately think “water,” but when I read the word “water” I must realize that it may be describing steam, liquid water, or ice. Usually, it describes liquid water, just as usually the word “God” describes the Father. Sometimes, however, it describes ice, and ice is just as much water as liquid water is, just in a form that we can see easily and hold in our hands–like the Son. Sometimes the word “water” describes steam, which we cannot easily see, and can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, like the Holy Spirit. Steam is water. Ice is water. Liquid water is water. All three are water. All three are one compound. All three have both similar and different qualities.

      And it is the same way with God. Usually the word God refers to the Father. But both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are also God. No one of these three entities is more God or less God than another is.

      Again, if I am doctrinally off, please show me from the Bible where I err. I believe that truth is essential, and want to both speak and live it. Thanks and may God bless your study of the Bible,
      Timmy

  4. According to you when a person uses the phrase “I am” he claims not only to be God but in fact he is than God. Well than there are many persons in our country actually God on earth. That phrase is like Jesus used it in his time still many times used in many languages and in many countries.

    “The punishment for blasphemy (claiming to be God) was stoning, and then picked up stones to stone Jesus.” you say but that was not because Jesus said he was God, but because he claimed to be the son of God and because he used the name of God to clarify his works. He never claimed to be doing the works himself but always said it was because of the Father he could do those works.

    “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, “Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do; for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19 KJ21)

    “Ye have heard how I said unto you, ‘I go away and come again unto you.’ If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice because I said, ‘I go unto the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 KJ21)

    “In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and a god was the Word.” (Emphatic Diaglott – interlineary side) [In the Beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God (Emphatic Diaglott – translation side) ]
    “the Logos was a god” but not The God. In earlier times like today there where and still are many gods. When we look at most Greek Orthodox /Arabic translations are take the original text you will find “the word was with Allah [God] and the word was a god”

    Also several Catholic Bibles translate [a God/god (or: God/god of Kind;kind) was the Word/word]; also like the Jesuit John L. McKenzie, 1965, wrote in his Dictionary of the Bible: “Jn 1:1 should rigorously be translated  …  The word was a divine being.’

    Jesus because he was placed by God in a human body had the elements of his divine Father and elements of his human mother.

    You yourself write in your response: “The Father is a separate entity than the Son” and then you continue “which is why Jesus prayed to His Father. ” So then you agree he did not pray to himself? But then you have two persons and two Gods of gods?
    Jesus prayed to the only One God and asked other to pray like him to that only One God, who is in heaven, while Jesus at that time was on earth.

    “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty, but by My name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” (Exodus 6:3 KJ21)

    “Then said Jesus unto him, “Get thee hence, Satan! For it is written: ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.’”” (Matthew 4:10 KJ21)

    “Jesus said unto her, “Touch Me not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say unto them, ‘I ascend unto My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”” (John 20:17 KJ21)

    “23 But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. 24 God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”” (John 4:23-24 KJ21)

    God is the Most High who knows everything, but Jesus was even lower than the angels and made higher by his Father who allowed him (Jesus) to be the mediator between God and men.

    “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9 KJ21)

    “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death—that is, the devil—” (Hebrews 2:14 KJ21)

    “Therefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17 KJ21)

    “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,” (Galatians 4:4 KJ21)

    “who has gone into Heaven and is on the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him.” (1 Peter 3:22 KJ21)

    “20 which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. 22 And God hath put all things under His feet, and hath given Him to be the head over all things to the church,” (Ephesians 1:20-22 KJ21)

    “Therefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name,” (Philippians 2:9 KJ21)

    “22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son, 23 that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father who hath sent Him.” (John 5:22-23 KJ21)

    “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 KJ21)

    “But now hath He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6 KJ21)

    “and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:24 KJ21)

  5. When Jesus came to this earth, scripture tells us that He took on human flesh, human nature

    Ro 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

    Php 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

    The mystery of the incarnation is beyond our understanding, however the results are clear. As John 1 states, the Word, that created the heavens, who was with God, and who was God, became flesh and dwelt among us.

    As Philippians 2:7 states, He made Himself a servant, took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

    God created Himself in the image of man, and came to live among us as a man. In this way He made Himself a little lower than the angels, for the purpose of winning the victory over sin and Satan in our place.

    Thus the amazing love of God found Jesus, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, because He was rightfully equal with Him, came to this earth in a different form, yet He was truly “God with Us”.

    In our nature He secured the victory that we could not secure in our own strength. And having secured that victory He returned to heaven, to stand as our representative. He returned to the right hand of the Father to provide for us the results of His victory.

    The fact that we see Him in our form does not lessen who He is, the One who chose to become one with us, “God with us”.

  6. tsbaze in Ro 8:3 is written “for what the torah could not do by itself, because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate, god did by sending his own son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one (but without sin). god did this in order to deal with sin, and in so doing he executed the punishment against sin in human nature,” (Romans 8:3 CJB) clearly indicating it was “weak through the flesh, god, sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” (Romans 8:3 Webster) Not God coming HImself but sending His son. Also Php 2:5-7 talks about the form of a god (a higher placed person, like you find the Pharaoh also being called god).“5 let your attitude toward one another be governed by your being in union with the Messiah Yeshua: 6 though he was in the form of god, he did not regard equality with god something to be possessed by force. 7 on the contrary, he emptied himself, in that he took the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are. and when he appeared as a human being,” (Philippians 2:5-7 CJB)
    Jesus, a higher person than us ordinary humans never claimed to be equal to God the Most High Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

    In our previous reply we also pointed out that in John his Gospel the writer uses the Genesis as his background and compares the beginning of the world with the beginning of the New World, the one new creation by Christ Jesus, the New covenant which has become reality by the offering of the Lamb Jeshua (Jesus the Messiah), son of Mary and Joseph from the tribe of Juda and in the lineage of King David. The Word of god is the speaking of the divine Creator, which made everything coming into existence and made Jesus Christ a reality. It was God who promised in the Garden of Eden a Messiah and Jesus is the fulfilment of that promise.

  7. “The Word was in the beginning, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a God.” (The New Testament in An Improved Version) is not about an incarnation but about that speaking of God, the promise made to Adam and Eve, and later also to the prophets, that god would take care of a person who would end the penalty for the first sin and would give the opportunity to humankind that the the death they would have to face would not be the last thing in their life.With death we would have paid for our sins and no other payment we will have to do => so no purgatory or no hell as place of doom and torture. Jesus was the best libatation and ransom, and was accepted by God as the Lamb fro redeement. It was not God who faked His death (because god can not die), but a real man of flesh and blood who died and came for three days in hell (= the grave).
    It was Messiah יהושע who emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, which means he was prepared not to think only for the good of himself but was willing to offer himself and to work for others, not only being a servant for God but also being a servant form men, but only willing to do gods Will and not his.
    Jesus prayed to his Father and said: “”Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Thine be done.”” (Luke 22:42 KJ21)“ Not the will of himself did Jesus from Nazareth but he did what he wanted to do and have to be done the will of his Father.

    tsbase it is you who write “because He was rightfully equal with Him,” but not the Holy scriptures. Please can you quote the text where is written that Jeshua (Jesus) is called to be equal to god by the Word of God and not by the word of men?

    You also do agree “He returned to the right hand of the Father to provide for us the results of His victory.” so there you know that Jeshua is sitting at the right hand of God though on the other hand you claim that Jesus is sitting on the throne of God being God himself.

    You also think because a person is called Emmanuel or Immanuel which means “God with us”, that that person is God, well then we do know many gods walking around also today on this earth because there are many persons with that name.

    God can not be seen or the persons would die, but Jesus was seen by many people who did not die when they saw him. Jesus also said it was his Father who did the works and not him.

    Please look at following sayings from the Holy Scriptures:

    “5 “Behold, [the] days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land. 6 “In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His name by which He will be called, ’The LORD our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23:5-6 NAS)

    “18 ’I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 ’And it shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require [it] of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19 NAS)

    “30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:30-35 NAS)

    “21 Now it came about when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also was baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.” 23 And when He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being supposedly [the] son of Joseph, the [son] of Eli,” (Luke 3:21-23 NAS)

    “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 NAS)

    “Pilate therefore said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say [correctly] that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”” (John 18:37 NAS)

    “5 For there is one God, [and] one mediator also between God and men, [the] man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony [borne] at the proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6 NAS)

    “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,” (Ephesians 1:7 NAS)

    “”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NAS)

    “9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10 NAS)

    “”He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”” (John 3:36 NAS)

    “The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NAS)

    “”Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”” (Acts 10:43 NAS)

    “38 “[You know of] Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and [how] He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. 39 “And we are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. And they also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. 40 “God raised Him up on the third day, and granted that He should become visible, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, [that is,] to us, who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.” (Acts 10:38-41 NAS)

    “For Christ also died for sins once for all, [the] just for [the] unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;” (1 Peter 3:18 NAS)

    “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 NAS)

    “knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.” (Romans 6:9 NAS)

    “who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.” (1 Peter 3:22 NAS)

    “20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly [places], 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,” (Ephesians 1:20-22 NAS)

    “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,” (Philippians 2:9 NAS)

  8. Hello friends,
    I appreciate the continued conversation, as it has made me study this topic more and more, and has increased my faith greatly!
    Today I was reading in Hebrews chapter 1 and this first part really jumped out at me:

    “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through 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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
    (Hebrews 1:1-4)

    This is a long sentence, but the essence of it is simple. God has indeed spoken to us by His Son, who is the heir of all things. It was through God’s Son that God made the worlds (Greek: aeon—ages, universe), which clearly shows that the Son has always existed. The Son is also the brightness of God’s glory (seen by Moses on Mt. Sinai) and the express image of God’s person. He upholds all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, and sat down at the right hand of God the Father on high. Then He became so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. This is because He was made a little lower than the angels as He came to earth (see Hebrews 2:9).

    Then as I kept reading, I noticed this:

    For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You”?
    And again: “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”?

    But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
    (verses 5-6)

    Only God deserves worship! In Revelation 22:8-9 John tries to worship an angel, and the angel tells him to stop—and only worship God. But here God commands the angels of God to worship the Son.

    Continuing in the chapter:

    But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

    And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”
    (verses 8-12)

    These quotes come out of the psalms, and fully inspired by God, the author of Hebrews attributes these quotes as being said by God to His Son. It’s interesting that the Father calls the Son “God” and tells “God” that “God, Your God, has anointed You.” According to this passage, the Father and the Son are both God. Yet still, God is one, but is made up of more than one beings. God also calls the Son “Lord” who created the entire earth and heavens, again emphasizing the pre-existence of the Son.

    May God bless you as you continue to study His word!

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