Hebr.1-2 Pay Attention

PAY ATTENTION
Hebrews 1:1-2:4   September 3 2006

What God said Through the prophets was
extremely important; however, what God
said through His Son was climatic, definitive,
superlative, and final. The Sonship of Christ,
His role, and His authority all combine to show
that He is superior to the angels.

1. Listen Up! (Heb. 1:1-3)

Hebr. 1:1   In the past God spoke to our forefathers
through the prophets at many times and in various
ways, 1:2   but in these last days he has spoken to
us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things,
and through whom he made the universe. 1:3   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.

The first two statements are found at the end of
verse 2. Christ is the One whom God appointed heir
of all things and the One through whom He made
the universe. Appointed is a timeless form of the
verb “to place,” meaning there was never a time our
Lord was not heir of everything. He is the rightful
owner of all thing (Ps.2:8).
He is the One through whom the entire universe of
time and space was created. Literally, every single
thing in this universe came into being through Him
(John1:1-3;Col.1:15-18). From the minute atom to
the vast sweep of the solar system, He created it.

2. Look Up! (Heb. 1:4-8,14)

Hebr. 1:4   So he became as much superior to the angels
as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. 1:5
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” ? 1:6
And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world,
he says,     “Let all God’s angels worship him.” 1:7   In
speaking of the angels he says,     “He makes his angels
winds, his servants flames of fire.” 1:8   But about the
Son he says,     “Your throne, O God, will last for ever
and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your
kingdom. 1:14   Are not all angels ministering spirits
sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

The writer next used a series of Old Testament texts
to further prove that the Lord is superior to angels.
Jesus is superior to angels and to us in relationship to
the Father: You are My Son; today I have become your
Father. Literally, this verse’s meaning is “today I have
begotten you,” a quote from  Ps. 2:7 – a messianic
psalm quoted at Jesus baptism (Matt. 3:17; Mark 1:11;
Luke 3:22).

3. Look Out ! (Heb. 2:1-4)

Hebr. 2:1   We must pay more careful attention, therefore,
to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2:2
For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and
every violation and disobedience received its just
punishment, 2:3   how shall we escape if we ignore such
a great salvation? This salvation, which was first
announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who
heard him. 2:4   God also testified to it by signs, wonders
and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit
distributed according to his will.

Those who deliberately disobey God’s law face death
(Lev. 15:30). Note that those who are guilty are not
cut off from god, but are cut off from their own people
by death. They are not lost from God but are cut off
from the “rest” promised them.
Christians today cannot lose their salvation; however,
they can and will lose earthly blessings and heavenly
rewards by letting opportunities for growth drift away.

Summary:

In the first verses of Hebrew , the author showed
Jesus to be superior to all of God’s human messengers.
Here he depicted Jesus as above God’s spiritual
messengers, the angels.
Today many think of angels only in a decorative
sense-part of nativity scenes, Christmas motifs, or
figurines in a glass case. Other, even some Christians,
seem to worship angels. These verses remind us to
pay supreme allegiance to the Son, for He is superior
to angels in name, rank, and relationship.