October 3 – Hebrews 1:5-14 – Greater than Angels

Monday, October 3, 2011

October 3 – Hebrews 1:5-14 – Greater than Angels

For to which of the angels did God ever say, 
         “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? 
Or again, 
         “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? 
And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, 
         “Let all God’s angels worship him.”  
In speaking of the angels he says, 
         “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.”  
But about the Son he says, 
         “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”  
He also says, 
         “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”  
To which of the angels did God ever say, 
         “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

The question is not so much about who the angels are, but who the Son is.  He is far superior to angels and his time is now … today.

Angels worship the Son. They move with the speed of wind and the strength of fire.  They are servants.

On the other hand, the Son is on the throne, he was there in the beginning as the foundations of the earth were laid.  Everything will perish, but the Son will remain.

There is no angel to whom God offers the seat at His right hand and under whom God will place enemies. Angels are ministering spirits sent to us … the inheritors of salvation.

The author of Hebrews continues to set the stage.  If you notice in Chapter 1, he still has not given the Son a name … he makes the reader wait.  The power of this chapter is about the relationship God has with his Son.

The only other heavenly beings that humanity recognizes are angels and the author wants us to be very clear that the Son is far superior to those beings. At the same time, the personal name is withheld so that we regard him with his title … Son to the Most High God, the Creator, the Almighty, the Majesty in heaven.

The name will come soon enough.