December 23 | Hebrews 1:1-4
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by Judy Webb
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. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
In the past, as in, before Jesus. It is not to say that what the prophets said was not valid, but that now, Jesus speaks. And Jesus is who the prophets of old referred to and prophesied about. During the season of Advent, we have been reading from Isaiah and hearing the words of future hope and love entering the world.
This term refers to the age of Messiah. It may be a long period, but it is the last period. We further learn from these first four verses in Hebrews, that the Gospel has precedence over the law of Moses. And that Jesus is superior to the angels. His name is above every name.
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and under the earth. (Philippians 2:9-11)
We understand that Jesus is God, that he was from the beginning and will be to the end. There is no hierarchy. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all God (three in One). There is no pecking order, only Holy Oneness.
One commentary put it this way: "It isn't so much that Jesus brought a message from the Father, He is the Message from the Father.
Spoken Prayer – Out loud, pray for God to speak to you through your reading. Praise God for giving us His word. Ask the Spirit to help you read with faith, and to live out what you hear from God through the passage.