Hebrews 1 - Jesus is God
During this fast season we are exploring - through what we read in a chapter a day of the Bible - who God is and what He is like.
1. Pray and read - preferably together
2. Pray and share
Jesus is not just an angel, not just one of many ‘sons of God’, but the unique Son of God.
Maybe we have, as Christians, become familiar with words like “Jesus is God Himself in human form.” It can become mere doctrine! To the first Jewish Christians it was mind blowing.
They knew there is only one God. They knew He is not like the pagan gods, the many spiritual beings or symbols of the divine. They recited each day “Hear O Israel, the LORD your God is One!” How could Jesus be God?
Yet that is what the first disciples discovered when they encountered Him. He was not just a great rabbi with new revelation He was changing situations because He was God Himself.
Later generations of Jews needed to see from the scriptures that this was true. Hebrews was a letter written to Jewish Christians, probably in Rome (Heb 13:24 suggests people from “Italy” - which was often used to mean the region of Rome - were greeting people “back home”).
So in verse 5 the writer quotes Psalm 2:7 - Jesus was begotten not created - and 2 Samuel 7:14 which speaks of the coming Messiah.
In verse 6 he quotes Deut 32:43 and in verse 7 Psalm 104:4, which explains that angels are just messengers or servants. In verses 8 and 9 the Son is addressed as God (Psalm 45:6-7) but there is also a reference to Father God who anoints with gladness because the Son loved righteousness. If we want to be blessed and joyful we should choose to obey and live righteously!
Verses 10-12 quote Psalm 102:25-27 and verse 13 refers to Psalm 110, the psalm that is most quoted in the New Testament. Jesus is Lord, reigning on the throne at Father’s right hand until all His enemies are put under His feet by the church co-operating with the Holy Spirit in prayer, action and holy living that bring in the Kingdom.
These quotations are not “proof texts” that will persuade people Jesus is God. To a Gentile audience they mean less than to Jews anyway. But what the writer is doing is applying the text of scripture in the power of the Holy Spirit so that there is spiritual revelation. When we follow the leading of the Spirit, our words, thoughts and example come together, so God can reveal Himself to us and through us.
3. Pray and act
Father, help us to read the written word of God in the power of the Spirit, so that we obey You and can help others see your Son, Jesus, the Living Word.