Hello everyone and welcome back to Deeper Waters. I do ask for your continued prayers. Last night was a very difficult night for me and one that was quite painful. There are just some issues that I’m working through and again, due to the personal nature of them, I choose to not go into them on the blog. I just ask for the prayers of my readers.
Tonight, we’re going to start the book of Hebrews and I have been looking forward to this for awhile. I believe Hebrews is my favorite book of the New Testament and it is just loaded on who Jesus is. This book should hopefully take awhile to go through. We’re going to start tonight in the first chapter with verses 1-2:
1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
One idea I want readers to keep in mind is that Hebrews has an underlying Logos doctrine where Jesus is to be understood as God’s Wisdom. An excellent look at this can be found in the book “The Gospel and the Greeks” by Ron Nash.
The book also comes from a historical perspective right from the beginning when it says “In the past.” This is in essence giving a Christian interpretation of history. The Jews were the people of the time who did not see the universe as cyclical but they rather saw that there was a story going on and that it was going somewhere.
The Hebrews writer refers to the prophets through whom God spoke. History in Judaism had a long line of prophets each building on the revelation of those before giving more and more clues to the story of the Messiah that was coming. They came at various times as the text says and they spoke in various way.
Quite different however is the last revelation spoken of through Son. Now some of you are wondering if I just used some bad grammar there. When I was in Bible College, I have never forgotten what one of the Greek professors said in that he said there wasn’t an article so it could be said that God spoke by Son. In other words, God spoke through the prophets, but the Son is his language. The Son is the eternal language of God.
This fits in with what we saw in John 1:18 with the Son being the one who exegetes the Father. The Son reveals the nature of the Father that we could not know on our own. In the same way, when the Father speaks, it is in the language of the Son.
This fits in of course with the overall prologue of John where the Son is referred to as the Word. It is by the Son that God creates and it is by the Son that his love for mankind is revealed. It is by the Son that we ultimately know God.
Again, the Son is the language of God.
We shall continue tomorrow.