God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
This week’s reading in the Bible Book Club was selected based upon a suggestion from Caleb Allen. Hebrews as a book stands out from the rest of Paul’s letters, mostly in the fact that it is written expressly to Hebrews; not Christians in Phillipi or Corinth or Rome. He was writing to the Hebrews wherever they were ion the world. Because of this fact, he needs to establish right from the start who Jesus is. The Hebrew people believed in God, they were His chosen people, but they didn’t know Jesus in the way He wanted them to know Him. Paul starts off by introducing this man called Jesus to the Hebrews.
He starts by establish the revelation of Jesus as being a new revelation and more powerful and important, more significant than the revelation God spoke through the prophets in the old testament. He introduces Jesus as one greater than the angels, this places Him in a rank above mere men who were made a little lower than the angels. Jesus Christ has inherited a name more excellent than the angels for his is above them.
The Hebrews were not to be taught and exhorted in the same way as the gentile Christians, for one, the Hebrew people rejected the deity of Christ. They scorned and spurned their Savior whereas the gentiles, recognising their need for a savior accepted Him with opened arms. The Hebrew people knew about Jesus, but the gentiles knew Jesus. Paul didn’t have to explain Jesus to them and verify His Godship, he merely reinforced that fact. But, to the Jews, the Hebrews, he had to almost pander his messages, teaching them about how their laws fell short of God’s righteousness and how Christ was the fulfillment of God’s perfect law and their only Salvation. The gospel of Hebrews is one that takes many chapters to fully build up to and is a stark awakening for a nation once righteous to the fact that when Jesus comes, everything changes.
America need the book of Hebrews. Our souls need the book of Hebrews. We need to be reminded that our once good works and passable Christianity is not enough to make a difference as servants of Christ. As a nation, we need to recognize that righteousness exalts but does not save. Yes we need to correct the moral status of our country, but we need to be saved from our many sins first, else as soon as we clean up one mess we will create another. There is no change without Christ and there is no Christ without change. We need to realize that. It’s time for a change.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist