The Exalted Son of God

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews built his case for why followers of Jesus should “pay greater attention to what we have heard” (Hebrews 2.1) from Jesus.

He did so by showing how Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Law and the Prophets. He took a Psalm about a king’s wedding and made it a love song between Christ and his church.

But of the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
and the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.

“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” (Hebrews 1.8-9)

Psalm 45 and Hebrews

Psalm 45 was initially a love song for a king. Because of its language, Jewish writings identified the king with the Messiah.

Christians have traditionally interpreted the song as a love song between Jesus and his church.

The character traits of the king in Psalm 45 are best understood as fulfilled by Jesus the Messiah.

Vs. 2Grace is poured upon your lips.

The expression of the King’s personality is the unmerited favor he grants to his subjects.

Vs. 3O mighty one, in your glory and majesty.

The radiance of the King involves glory and majesty.

Vs. 4In your majesty ride on victoriously for the cause of truth and to defend the right.

The King uses his authority to promote truth and justice.

Vs. 6-7Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
you love righteousness and hate wickedness.

The high point of accolades given to the King identifies him with God.

For a people who have this foundational belief, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone” (Deuteronomy 6.4), the King in Psalm 45 and Hebrews 1.8 can only be Jesus the Messiah.

Our Response

I was in a coffee shop in my early 30s with an outstanding businessman. He told me about a financial investment in such a convincing way that I emptied our savings and invested it according to his advice.

The advice I received that day proved to be a significant blessing to Toni and me.

One thing was necessary to receive the blessing. We had to act on what we were told.

The author of Hebrews wants us to give great attention to what Jesus says. There is every reason to listen to Jesus.

He is gracious, just, truthful, and most of all, he is God.

I have found that the best way to listen to Jesus is to read a portion of the Gospels each day. After reading, I speak to Jesus about what I have read.

One more thing is needed to receive the blessing he has for us. We must act on his guidance and direction.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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