Listen Up!

When I was in my early 30s I purchased a very expensive book on the subject of miracles. The scholarly work from the Oxford University Press was difficult to understand until I came to the last sentence of the book.

I recall the words, “If you believe in God, he is able to do anything he wants, including miracles.”

Another author informed me that God is not “simply a larger-sized human; he is God and all that entails.”

The writer of the Psalms recognized God’s immense power.

Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.

They will perish, but you endure;
they will all wear out like a garment.

You change them like clothing, and they pass away,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.
(Psalm 102:25-27)

The author of Hebrews wanted to convince his readers to “pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2.1).

Jesus is not only the ultimate and eternal revelation of God’s character and nature. Jesus is the agent of creation.

What was said in Psalm 102 is applied to Jesus in Hebrews.

“In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;

They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like clothing;

Like a cloak you will roll them up,
and like clothing they will be changed.

But you are the same,
and your years will never end.” (Hebrews 1.10-12)

If we’re not careful, we will miss some key points in this passage.

(1) Lord in the Psalm referred to the sacred name of God, Yehovah. In Hebrews, Jesus is identified as Lord.

Just as with verses 8-9, where Old Testament references to God were applied to Jesus, it happens here, too.

(2) It is no more difficult for the Son to roll up creation than for a human to fold their clothes. What the Son has made, he will also bring to its end.

This thought challenges me. I don’t give Jesus the awe, worship, and obedience he is due. I need to join the readers of Hebrews and “pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that [I] do not drift away.”

How about you?

(3) Creation will wear out, but the Son remains.

The first-century readers of Hebrews were tempted to abandon trust in Jesus and place their confidence in the world’s system.

The permanence of the Son of God and the temporal nature of culture and society should draw us to a deeper trust in our Lord and Savior.

Psalm 110 is frequently quoted in the New Testament. The interpretation of the Psalm was a mystery until the Day of Pentecost and God’s full revelation of that truth (See Acts 2.32-36).

The Lord says to my lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
(Psalm 110.1)

The author of Hebrews also made the connection between God’s Messiah, Jesus Christ/Messiah, and Psalm 110.

And to which of the angels has he ever said,

“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? (Hebrews 1.13)

Like the other side of a picture frame, this completes the picture of how Jesus the Messiah is superior to the angels.

When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs (Hebrews 1.3-4).

It also prepares us for the admonition to pay great attention to his revelation.

Angels are servants. They are the greatest example of created servants of God. Jesus, we have learned, is far superior to angels.

Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1.14).

What we know about the Son of God is that he is in charge of the nations and he alone is the heavenly priest.

He is worthy of worship, attention, and obedience.

YouTube Video

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

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