My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Hebrews 1

Jesus is better than anything you've ever known!

Summary:
At the end of time God chose his only Son over prophets to show himself. He is the perfect image of God, and came to bring salvation and has now gone to be top ranking in heaven.

God calls him Son, like he has called no other. There's heaps of our Jewish scripture which shows that God's Son is above and unlike the angels and other heavenly things.

Key verse:
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.

My thoughts:
Okay, so first things first. Hebrews is written for Jews, and uses Hebrew scripture to back up massive claims about Jesus. The book is anonymous, but centuries after the book became popular amongst Christians it began to be known as Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews, an idea which has never had any actual basis. It is anonymous and there are no early traditions assigning it to another with any sort of confidence. It shares no real qualities of a Pauline letter.

Some say it was written by Apollos. Some say it is a transcript of a sermon from Apollos or Peter. Who knows!

Anyway, the point of this chapter is clear enough. Judaism has massive respects for prophets and angels, and the author is trying his hardest to make the case that a human, Jesus, is in fact better and more important than anything except God himself. It's a bold call, but it's one that can't be compromised.

3 Comments:

Blogger david santos said...

appy New Year, Peter! And best wishes for a healthy and successful 2008

7:10 am

 
Blogger Deane said...

Pete wrote:
the author is trying his hardest to make the case that a human, Jesus, is in fact better and more important than anything except God himself

Deane:
I agree. In Hebrews, Jesus is superior to everything in creation, but inferior to God himself.

10:10 am

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Hmm... Mr. Deane... I will withold my judgement for now...

and don't twist my words! I clearly avoided saying that Jesus was inferior, but said that Jesus wasn't more important than God.

And thank you David! As far as I know, you are a new comer here, so welcome!

6:00 pm

 

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