Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hebrews 1:5-14

5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
"You are my Son;
today I have become your Father" ?
Or again,
"I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son" ?
6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, 

"Let all God's angels worship him."
7 In speaking of the angels he says, 

"He makes his angels spirits, 

and his servants flames of fire."
8 But about the Son he says, 

"Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; 

a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; 

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions 

by anointing you with the oil of joy."
10 He also says, 

"In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, 

and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain; 

they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe; 

like a garment they will be changed. 

But you remain the same, 

and your years will never end."
13 To which of the angels did God ever say, 

"Sit at my right hand 

until I make your enemies 

a footstool for your feet" ?
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Questions to consider:

  • What areas of your life still need to be subjected to Christ?
  • What is the purpose of angels?
  • How does this passage convince you of Christ’s supremacy?
  • Determine the Jewish regard for angels. How does the author of Hebrews show that the Son is superior to angels? In what ways is this important for the readers’ understanding?
Possibilities for prayer:

As we have read through various books of the Bible, the idea of giving things over to God has come up repeatedly. Here, we are again confronted with the question: what things in our lives are we still holding onto, refusing to subject to Christ? Take a few moments to prayerfully consider that question. It seems that we are often only able to hand over one thing at a time, so for those of us with many areas of life that we want to give fully to Jesus, here is another opportunity to give something else to Christ. Or maybe you are still working through one particular issue. Today, be encouraged to devote a significant portion of your prayer time to asking God for the courage to submit your life, completely, to Him.