No one is completely sure who the author of the book of Hebrews was. Some early scholars say Paul, however those who have more knowledge than me say that is unlikely because of the way the author writes when compared to the letters known to be from Paul. Some say Barnabas, Martin Luther thought Apollos, while others have said Priscilla along with her husband Aquilla. But no matter who wrote it, we know that all scripture is God breathed and this book has a lot to tell us over the next few days/weeks.
The first chapter of Hebrews is simply explaining to us the difference in Jesus and the angels and the way God communicates with us now versus the ways he communicated in early Bible times.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 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.” Hebrews 1:1-2
Before Jesus came to earth, God spoke through the prophets, although this also points out that Jesus always was. Many stories and events that happened in the Old Testament were always pointing to Jesus. Jesus was there when the world was created and He was always part of the plan. I love how the next verses refer to Jesus.
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he 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, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Hebrews 1:3-4
I love that term he is the “radiance of the glory of God”. His nature is fully, completely, exactly the imprint of God’s nature and he upholds the universe by a word. That is all it takes. And after he was sacrificed on the cross for us, after the purification of sin, he took the throne with His Father, at His right hand. Many people make the mistake of worshipping angels. However, angels are not meant to be worshipped. Ever. Worship is reserved only for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, the trinity. Angels are around the throne, they are never part of the throne
When you read the first chapter of Hebrews you can see the distinction between Jesus and the angels. The angels are ministering spirits. They have no other choice but to be ministering spirits. That is why they were created. And while Jesus ministers to us and to our needs, that is a posture that He takes on for us. It was His choice to serve. His place is and always was on the throne next to His Father. He came to earth as a baby, grew in wisdom and stature and learned and taught as a child, ministered as an adult and was sacrificed for us on the cross. He chose to exemplify servanthood by washing feet and healing but at any given time as He says in His last earthly days He could have said enough is enough and taken the throne. Jesus chose to see the plan through because of his love for us. Stand in awe of that today!
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 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.” Hebrews 1:10-12
Please pray for our president and our country today!