Hebrews 1: Jesus is greater than the Angels

Originally posted Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

(14 verses, 2:12 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • The theme of the book of Hebrews is “Jesus is the greatest,” and the text is a series of arguments on this theme. Jesus is greater than the angels. Jesus is greater than the temple. Jesus is greater than Aaron, than Moses, than the sacrifices, etc. This is meant to comfort and guard the Jewish converts to Christianity who are tempted to go back to their Jewish ways and customs.
  • The theme of chapter 1 is: JESUS IS GREATER THAN THE ANGELS.

MARK

  • This first chapter is loaded with quotations from the Old Testament, contrasting the words of the Father to the angels to the words of the Father to the Son.

LEARN

  • Hebrews 1:5 quotes Psalm 2:7, one of the chief Messianic Psalms, and the conversation between the Father and the Son.
  • Hebrews 1:5 also quotes 2 Samuel 7:14, the promise to David that his Son would sit on the throne forever.
  • Hebrews 1:6 quotes Deuteronomy 32:43, which talks of the angels worshiping the Messiah.
  • Hebrews 1:7 quotes Psalm 104:4, highlighting the ministerial duty of the angels. They are not worshiped, but give worship.
  • Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes Psalm 45:6-7 (today’s Psalm!), and Hebrews 1:10-12 quotes Psalm 102:25-27, speaking of the eternal blessedness and creative power of Jesus, the Son.
  • Finally, Hebrews 1:13 quotes Psalm 110:1, the third most quoted Old Testament passage in the New. (The first is Leviticus 19:18, “love you neighbor,” and the second is Psalm 118:22, “the Stone the builder rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”)
  • Altogether this chapter refutes the heresy (ancient and modern) that Jesus is an exalted angel.

MEDITATE

  •  Consider the first two verses of Hebrews, and the contrast between the “days of old” and these “last days.” What does this text teach us about the uniqueness in history of the last 2000 years?
  • This chapter is teaching us about the Second Article of the Creed, especially about the divine nature of Jesus. Verses 2-4 are almost a creed themselves:  “…whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…”
Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Post below, or join the conversation in our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailybiblemeditation/
-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller
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