Day 184 - Heb. 1

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In the Old Testament we have seen the first creation and its development (Genesis). In the New Testament we learn that the first creation failed completely and is set aside, and a new creation replaces it. (Romans). In Exodus we learned of redemption by the blood of a lamb, and, of God's first family, the Israelites, coming out of Egypt into the wilderness. God wanted to live with this first family, so He told them to build Him a tabernacle where He could meet those redeemed people. But everything failed. They even crucified the Person Who was going to bring to pass everything God had promised. So God has made an entirely new creation. This time it is heavenly and can never fail. In Romans we read of the beginnings, the foundation of God's heavenly family, the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. And now we are going to learn the real purpose of our being redeemed... so that God may have a worshipping people.
The book of Hebrews teaches us how we can approach God. Though written to believing Jews (3:1) it is for all believers. We'll read about angels, prophets, Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Melchisedec, covenants, promises, sacrifices, but in Christ Jesus the believer has a better sacrifice, a better covenant, and better promises, that which is eternal and heavenly. "Worship" was the key to Leviticus and "access to God" is the key to the book of Hebrews 10:19-2219Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19‑22). Read also Col. 1:1212Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: (Colossians 1:12).
V. 1-2 In the Old Testament, God spoke to His people by servants and prophets such as David, Samuel, Isaiah and others. But now, God Himself is speaking to us, for the Lord Jesus is the Son of God. He is also the "heir of all things" and by Him the worlds were made, the sun, moon, stars; all that we can see and much more. John 1:33All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3) and Col. 1:1616For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (Colossians 1:16).
V. 3 The glory of our blessed Savior, Who He is what He has done, and where He is now. We owe our life and breath to Him. He, by Himself purged or washed away our sins and now sits on the right hand of the majesty on high.
V. 4-8 The Lord Jesus is superior to angels. We shall find quite a lot of this "comparing" in Hebrews, the words "better" or "much better" as in verse 4.
V. 6 Angels are told to worship the Lord Jesus for He is God.
V. 8-12 We are not to worship angels. These same words were written by a man who lived a thousand years before the Lord Jesus (read Psa. 45:6-76Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 7Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Psalm 45:6‑7)). How did king David know to write almost the same words about this glorious Man Who was to come 1,000 years later.
V. 13 No angel was ever told to sit at the right hand of God.
V. 14 Angels are God's servants to take care physically of the believers today.