Hebrews 1 (1)
God’s last Word to us is actually His first Word – His only-begotten Word and Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. All that we can know of God is revealed in His Word, and what we can know through Him is radiant and glorious and full of power and majesty and holiness. We must never lose sight of this Word, which is precisely what the first recipients of this epistle were beginning to do.
Read Psalm 45.
Read Hebrews 1.1-3.
Think it through.
1. Do you find it amazing, even astonishing, that God would speak at all to mere humans (v. 1)? Why or why not? What does it say about God that He does? How many different ways did God reveal Himself in the Old Testament? Now “in these last days”, He “has spoken to us by His Son”. Jesus said that all Scripture is about Him (Jn. 5.39). Give some examples to support that claim. God’s Son is Heir and Creator of all things (v. 2). What does this suggest about the things God has entrusted to us (1 Cor. 4.7; Jms. 1.17)? Should knowing this affect the way we use those things? Explain.
2. Rephrase verse 3 by using the words reveals, radiates, redeems, and rules with respect to the Word and Son of God. Would this be important to include in sharing the Good News with someone? Explain. We note that the writer begins his book with a strong statement about God having revealed Himself in His Son. Meditate on Colossians 3.1-3. What did Paul want to guard us against? Why? The first readers of Hebrews were setting their minds more on the things of earth than what Paul commanded and the writer of Hebrews set before them. What happens when our focus turns from the things above to the things of earth? What can we do to keep our focus where it ought to be?
“The majesty of the Father is expressly imaged in the greatness of the power of the Son, that the one may be believed to be as great as the other is known to be. Again, as the radiance of light sheds its brilliance from the whole of the sun’s disk … so too all the glory which the Father has is shed from its whole by means of the brightness that comes from it, that is, by the true Light.” Gregory of Nyssa (335-394 AD)
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2.8-10
Every day, Lord, the temptation is strong to lose sight of Jesus and to fix my hope on “things on the earth.” Help me to see Jesus more clearly and consistently, Lord, seated at Your right hand and…
Pray Psalm 45.1-7
Pray these words slowly, savoring as you do the vision of Jesus, exalted in glory and majesty. Ask Him to be with you in glory and majesty throughout this day.
Psalm 45.1-7 (Manoah: When All Your Mercies, O My God)
O my heart, let now a pleasing theme overflow to praise the Lord;
My song I pledge to You, my King, and dedicate my words.
You of all men are the fairest, Lord, and Your lips are flush with grace;
Thus God has blessed You evermore before His holy face.
Your sword gird on Your thigh, O Lord, in splendid majesty;
Ride out, resplendent in Your Word, to glorious victory.
For meekness and for righteousness Your Right Hand shall prevail.
Your foes shall come to deep distress when You their souls assail.
Your throne, O God, is evermore, and upright is Your reign;
Though wicked men Your soul abhor, Your righteousness must gain.
T. M Moore
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All psalms for singing adapted from The Ailbe Psalter. All quotations from Church Fathers from Ancient Christian Commentary Series, General Editor Thomas C. Oden (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006.