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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Hebrews reminds me of when I dated the beautiful girl who would later be my wife. For two years we lived far away from each other. Phone calls, though expensive, were very precious to us. (Internet and email were still not available.) Thus whenever I received the news that Alma was calling, I would run down the stairs from the third floor where I lived to be sure that I did not lose that call!

This is in fact the main point that Hebrews emphasizes: “… in these last days, he [God] has spoken to us by his Son” (Heb 1:1–2)! How wonderful it must have been to faithful Israelites to hear this news. The last time God had spoken to them had been several centuries before through Malachi.

God’s message is important for two reasons: the messenger and the message. Vs. 3–4 focus on the Son, the messenger. There are seven assertions about him. Some refer to his impressive accomplishments (creation, sustainment of the world, etc.) but others refer to the astonishing fact that the Son is one with God. This oneness is necessary, because only one who is God could explain the things that are deep in the heart of God.

Vs. 5–14 focus on the message. The author announces that “in these last days” God has fulfilled his promises of establishing his kingdom by enthroning Jesus at his “right hand” (2 Sam 7:13; Dan 2:28; 10:14). Vs. 5–14 refer to Jesus’ enthronement over the angels. Vs. 5–7 declare that Jesus is the royal Son, in fulfillment of the Davidic covenant (2 Sam 7:14) and the angels are servants who give worship and obedience to the Son. Vs. 8–12 mention that the Son has created the world, owns its throne and scepter, and is eternal, and the angels are servants under his command. Finally, Vs. 13–14 state that the Son sits at God’s “right hand” and the angels are “sent out” to serve his purposes.

It is deeply moving to think that God would use his own Son to speak to us and invite us to return to him. If he did not spare any effort and cost to get his message to us, we should run to him to be sure that we don’t lose that message.


Felix H. Cortez

Andrews University

United States