Hebrews 1 (4)
The writer continues his appeal to the book of Psalms concerning the superiority of Jesus Christ over angels. Turning now to Psalm 102, he elaborates more fully on the sovereign rule of Jesus over all things. He made everything, He rules and keeps them, and He will renew His creation for eternity.
Read Psalm 102.16-27.
Read Hebrews 1.10-12.
Think it through.
1. The “And” of verse 10 refers back to verse 8 and indicates that the One being spoken of in Psalm 102.25-27 is the Son. Here He is portrayed as the Creator of heaven and earth, as in John 1.1-3. The Word Who became flesh in Jesus, and Who has ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father, is the Creator and Upholder of all things (cf. Heb. 1.3). How should keeping this in mind embolden our faith? Why should we hold fast our trust in Him, rather than in temporal things and conditions (v. 11)? When we are tempted to shift our trust from our eternal Creator and Lord to temporal things or conditions, what should we do?
2. What is implied in the phrase, “Like a cloak You will fold them up”? How will the heavens and earth “be changed”? When? And when they are changed, Who will accomplish these changes? What does this suggest about the nature of those changes? Note the mention of Christ’s unchangeableness in verse 12 (cf. Heb. 13.8) and eternality (cf. Heb. 7.14-16). How do these compare with those traditions and practices these Hebrew Christians were beginning to revert to in their day? How should knowing this encourage us, when we are tempted to seek comfort, security, or happiness in temporal things or conditions? How can Christians help one another to keep their focus on and trust in Christ alone?
“He indicated creation’s change for the better that was due to him, and his own lack of beginning or extinction. ‘You are the same, and your years will never end,’ he says, note, meaning, ‘You were not made, but you are, and you admit of no change, being always the same.’ This suggests also the impassibility of the divinity. If it suffered, how is it the same? After all, it would be changed, and if it passed three days in death, its years would fail. Both the prophet and the apostle, however, the one writing the testimony and the other using it, emphasize that he is always the same and his years will not fail.” Theodoret of Cyr (393-466 AD)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1.1-3
What power You possess, O Lord Jesus! Power to create all things, power to sustain all things, power to make all things new, and power to enable me to…
Pray Psalm 45.6-12.
Ask the Lord to help you love righteousness and hate wickedness, and to love Him more than anyone or anything else.
Psalm 45.1-7 (Manoah: When All Your Mercies, O My God)
Your throne, O God, is evermore, and upright is Your reign;
Though wicked men Your soul abhor, Your righteousness must gain.
Your God has thus anointed You with oil of gladness great.
Your robes are rich with rich perfume; sweet music gilds Your way.
In gold the queen at Your right hand, with princesses around,
Resplendent with You takes her stand while glories great abound.
Let none keep us from hearing You; desire our beauty, Lord!
We bow, submitting humbly to Your ever-faithful Word.
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.