Hebrews 1 – September 1

The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.

Hebrews 1

God’s Final Word: His Son

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

The Son Superior to 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.”
10 He also says,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
12 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.”
13 To which of the angels did God ever say,
“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet”?
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Foundation of Truth  | Becky Newman

Scripture

Hebrews 1:2-3

Observation

This letter starts differently than the other ones; rather than the author introducing himself and greeting his audience, the Hebrews, it lays a foundation of truth from which the rest of the letter is justified and grows. Since the author is not directly stated, it’s unknown who wrote it, but he had a strong background in scripture, being able to pull all of these Old Testament scriptures into a beautiful truth of the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the ultimate Divine Mentor.

Application

I feel so lucky to be living “in these last days” so that I can know Jesus, learn from Him, and strive to be more like Him. I love this foundation of truth from which everything else can grow and glorify God. When the lies start growing like weeds and choking out the light, I can ground myself in this truth and rise above.

Prayer

Lord, these lies are trying so hard to wrap around me and my husband like a bind weed and choke us. In Your awesome power, Lord, pull them out by the root! Strengthen our roots in You so the weeds don’t keep us from growing! Help our hearts not harden! Help us to stand strong on Your Truth!

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  1. S: Hebrews 1:3

    O: Hebrews was written to the Jews who were struggling to wrap their brains around this new idea of Christianity. Even though they had been seeking the Messiah for centuries, it was hard to move away from the traditions they had held for generations. Even those that had accepted Jesus found themselves slipping in their faith. The idea of salvation through a living representation of God himself was hard to believe!

    A: God created the universe and on the 7th day he rested. His creation was complete and final. The Jews believed this whole-heartedly. Verse 3 Says Jesus was the “exact representation God’s being” and that through Jesus’ sacrifice, all of our sins were taken with him. He then “sat down” at the right hand of the Father. The act of sitting down shows completion; His sacrifice was final too.

    P: Jesus, changing the ways of the world or my own traditions can be hard, just like the Jewish people faced. But Your sacrifice was and is final, and I don’t have to keep fighting a losing battle with the world and it’s sinking traditions. Help me to see today that You are the only future I will ever need until I join you in heaven. Amen

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