Thursday, March 24, 2005

It's All About Him: Hebrews -- Lesson 8

To start with the first lesson in the series, click here.

The Eternal Son

None of the former persons, ways, and means by which God communicated to His people existed before the creation and only by the sustaining hand of God will they persist when this creation finally succumbs. But the Son is different:

And, "You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of Your hands; They will perish, but You remain; And they all will become old like a garment, And like a mantle You will roll them up; Like a garment they will also be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end." (Hebrews 1:10-12, NASB 95)

As if the first 3 verses were not enough to connect the Son with the very being of God, these verses, from Psalm 102:25-27 combined with Isaiah 51:6, lay the matter completely to rest. These verses speak of the Lord by the name of YHWH and the Writer of Hebrews ascribes them to the Son. You have to ask yourself, "What was it like to be in the presence of Jesus, when He was on the earth, such that a Jewish writer would so completely connect Him with YHWH?" An examination of Jewish history from after the fall of Jerusalem to the present day reveals that their is no such weakness among the Jews to elevate any of their number to such status. We get a glimpse of what they saw when we study the gospels and realize how astounding are the words of Jesus about Himself. What teacher today could get away with saying, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)" Note that what Jesus said and what the Writer of Hebrews wrote here express exactly the same thing. What God has spoken through the Son is eternal.

Test everything. Cling to what is good.

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