And His ministers a flame of fire.”. iii. better--by His exaltation by the Father ( Hebrews 1:3 Hebrews 1:13 ):in contrast to His being "made lower than the angels" ( Hebrews 2:9 ). i. If Jesus is not the true God, He is a false god, like Satan and the wicked judges of Psalm 82. ii. Paul shows that His humbled form (at which the Jews might stumble) is no objection to His divine Messiahship. God ruled the theocracy in and through Him. In the Greek, "again" is transposed; but this does not oblige us, as ALFORD thinks, to translate, "when He again shall have introduced," &c. namely, at Christ's second coming; for there is no previous mention of a first bringing in; and "again" is often used in quotations, not to be joined with the verb, but parenthetically ("that I may again quote Scripture"). "In one way He was seen by Abraham, in another by Moses, in another by Elias, and in another by Micah; Isaiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel, beheld different forms" [THEODORET]. The type David, in the Psalms 89:27 (quoted in Hebrews 1:5 ), is called "God's first-born, higher than the kings of the earth"; so the antitypical first-begotten, the son of David, is to be worshipped by all inferior lords, such as angels ("gods," Psalms 97:7 ); for He is "King of kings and Lord of lords" ( Revelation 19:16 ). For proofs of Paul being the author, see my Introduction. But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, express image--"impress." i. Commentary on Hebrews 1:4-14 (Read Hebrews 1:4-14) Many Jews had a superstitious or idolatrous respect for angels, because they had received the law and other tidings of the Divine will by their ministry. "Maketh" implies that, however exalted, they are but creatures, whereas the Son is the Creator ( Hebrews 1:10 ):not begotten from everlasting, nor to be worshipped, as the Son ( Revelation 14:7 , Revelation 22:8 Revelation 22:9 ). They are His angels and His ministers. to minister--Greek, "unto (that is, 'for') ministry." The anointing here meant is not that at His baptism, when He solemnly entered on His ministry for us; but that with the "oil of gladness," or "exulting joy" (which denotes a triumph, and follows as the consequence of His manifested love of righteousness and hatred of iniquity), wherewith, after His triumphant completion of His work, He has been anointed by the Father above His fellows (not only above us, His fellow men, the adopted members of God's family. Many Jews had a superstitious or idolatrous respect for angels, because they had received the law and other tidings of the Divine will by their ministry. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . You can check these in your browser security settings. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. [ATHANASIUS, Against Arius, Orations, 2]. You can also change some of your preferences. The first of two messages exploring the Biblical evidence that Christ is God himself. For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Hebrews 1:13–14. God, &c. — After the manner of the best writers, the apostle begins this most instructive epistle with proposing the subjects of which he is about to discourse; namely, four important facts, on which the authority of the gospel, as a revelation from God, is built; and which, if well established, should induce unbelievers, whether Jews or Gentiles, to renounce their infidelity and embrace the gospel. "I will be his father and he shall be my son." His love is so great that He sends powerful creatures to minister to us in ways that we are not even aware of at times. b. All rights reserved. Comfort, Philip Wesley. Most importantly beyond that fact God has spoken with words in the Bible in a variety of ways through a variety of people over hundreds of years without any … You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth: This shows that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is the Creator. b. And--Greek, "But." Let all the angels of God worship Him: Deuteronomy 32:43 shows that Jesus is superior because He is the object of angelic worship, not an angelic worshipper. Christ has a fourfold right to the title "Son of God"; (1) By generation, as begotten of God; (2) By commission, as sent by God; (3) By resurrection, as "the first-begotten of the dead" (compare Luke 20:36 , Romans 1:4 , Revelation 1:5 ); (4) By actual possession, as heir of all [BISHOP PEARSON]. ministers." . You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Choose a verse from 'Hebrews 1' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org The image is taken from the custom of conquerors putting the feet on the necks of the conquered ( Joshua 10:24 Joshua 10:25 ). "Perish" does not mean annihilation; just as it did not mean so in the case of "the world that being overflowed with water, perished" under Noah ( 2 Peter 3:6 ). They could not take … He is superior to the word of God spoken through the As "spirits" implies the wind-like velocity and subtle nature of the cherubim, so "flame of fire" expresses the burning devotion and intense all-consuming zeal of the adoring seraphim (meaning "burning), Isaiah 6:1 . Since the firstborn son was “first in line” and received the position of favor and honor, the title “firstborn” could indicate that someone was of the highest position and honor. The opening chapter takes people into the heavenly realm of the angels. They looked upon them as mediators between God and men, and some went so far as to pay them a kind of religious homage or worship. So Matthew, a Jew writing especially for Jews, quotes Scripture, not by the formula, "It is written," but "said," &c. in time past--From Malachi, the last of the Old Testament prophets, for four hundred years, there had arisen no prophet, in order that the Son might be the more an object of expectation [BENGEL]. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; remainest--through (so the Greek) all changes. Resources » Commentaries » Hebrews » Chapter 1 » exegesis. The writer, though not inscribing his name, was well known to those addressed ( Hbr 13:19). The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Background of the Book. spake--the expression usual for a Jew to employ in addressing Jews. Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? “You” refers to the Son. whom He sets (Hebrew, "anointed," Psalms 2:6 ) on His "holy hill of Zion," as King of the Jews and of the whole earth. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. i. . See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Hebrews 1:1-2 Commentary. Some argue that there are many beings called “gods” in the Bible such as Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4) and earthly judges (Psalm 82:1 and 6). Commentary on Hebrews: Exegetical and Expository - Vol. The angels worship Him; He does not worship among them. “God, Your God” speaks of the Father and His position of authority over the Second Person of the Trinity. "Christ is preached even in passages where many might contend that the Father was principally intended" [BENGEL]. They keep working while the Son takes a posture of rest because He is the Son. b. 8. iii. Thus He is antitype to Solomon, "chosen of all David's many sons to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel," even as His father David was chosen before all the house of his father's sons. Yet Jesus can – at the invitation of God the Father – sit at the right hand of God the Father. the wings of the wind." The fullest realization of His Lordship shall be at His second coming ( Psalms 97:7 , 1 Corinthians 15:24 1 Corinthians 15:25 , Philippians 2:9 ). 13. Revelation 5 gives a glimpse of the angelic worship of Jesus. And the heavens are the work of Your hands. worlds--the inferior and the superior worlds ( Colossians 1:16 ). 2. in these last days--In the oldest manuscripts the Greek is. They have never become sons of God. ii. iv. There are no apologetics, no hint of argument, … Hebrews 1:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 1:1, NIV: "In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways," Hebrews 1:1, ESV: "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets," Hebrews 1:1, KJV: "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets," Title. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). Hebrews 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 1:3, NIV: "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." d. I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son: This quotation from 2 Samuel 7:14 is another example of something that God the Father said to God the Son that He never said to any angel. In the Psalms 104:3 Psalms 104:4 , the subject in each clause comes first, and the attribute predicated of it second; so the Greek article here marks "angels" and "ministers" as the subjects, and "winds" and "flame of fire," predicates, Schemoth Rabba says, "God is called God of Zebaoth (the heavenly hosts), because He does what He pleases with His angels. PREVIOUS NEXT. i. Jesus is also called a servant and a minister, but this is part of His voluntary humiliation, not his essential nature – as it is in the essential nature of angels to be servants. Lesser things, if allowed more focus, take a bigger place than the greater and more important things. The Jews of former days ( 1 Corinthians 10:1 ). 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but 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 … sent forth--present participle: "being sent forth" continually, as their regular service in all ages. Of all the commentaries on Hebrews that I have looked at and used, I have found the two-volume set by William Lane to be the one I turn to first. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. The Hebrews believe that the law from God came by *angels. The forty-fifth Psalm in its first meaning was addressed to Solomon; but the Holy Spirit inspired the writer to use language which in its fulness can only apply to the antitypical Solomon, the true Royal Head of the theocracy. righteousness--Everlasting duration and righteousness go together ( Psalms 45:2 , 89:14 ). i. . God: The Book of Hebrews begins with no mention of the author, only of God. Hebrews: Bible Study and Commentary. Quotation from Psalms 110:1 . V. Series. Did He ever say: The writer to the Hebrews clearly thought that God spoke through the human authors of the Old Testament. when Thou hast ransomed and opened heaven to Thy people. Many of those not born first in the Bible are given the title “firstborn.” David is an example of this (Psalm 89:27) and so is Ephraim (Jeremiah 31:9). . Today I have begotten You”? We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. You are the same: This shows that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity is immutable, unchanging, and eternal (Your years will not fail). Hebrews 1:1. Your throne, O God: Psalm 45:6-7 plainly says that God the Father calls the Son God. Thus it was necessary that the apostle should insist, not only on … But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Angels' ministrations are not properly rendered to men, since the latter have no power of commanding them, though their ministrations to God are often directed to the good of men. b. KIMCHI says that the ninety-third through the hundred first Psalms contain in them the mystery of Messiah. . The covenant of the possession of the earth was renewed with Noah and his seed on the renovated earth. Israel, in the Babylonian captivity, in the hundred second Psalm, casts her hopes of deliverance on Messiah, the unchanging covenant God of Israel. The date must have been while the temple was yet standing, before its destruction, A.D. 70; some time before the martyrdom of Peter, who mentions this Epistle of Paul ( 2 Peter 3:15 2 Peter 3:16 ); at a time when many of the first hearers of the Lord were dead. a garment--( Isaiah 51:6 ). According to Rabbi Bechai (quoted in Lightfoot) the ancient Rabbis called Yahweh Himself “Firstborn of the World.” It was a title, not a description of origin. I. Veerman, David. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. They "stand" ( Luke 1:19 ) before God, or are "sent forth" to execute the divine commands on behalf of them whom He pleases to save; He "sits on the right hand of the Majesty on high" ( Hebrews 1:3 Hebrews 1:13 ). The Greek implies, He not only appointed His Son heir of all things before creation, but He also (better than "also He") made by Him the worlds. And Your years will not fail.”. 10. Hebrews 1:1-14 . They are spirits, incorporeal, intelligent, active, substances; they excel in wisdom and strength. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. i. One ancient Rabbi wrote, “God said, ‘As I made Jacob a first-born (Exodus 4:22), so also will I make king Messiah a first-born (Psalm 89:28).’“ (R. Nathan in Shemoth Rabba, cited in Lightfoot). The Rabbins divided the whole of time into "this age," or "world," and "the age to come" ( Hebrews 2:5 , 6:5 ). The human author of Hebrews remains unknown, but the book’s … Und Verkauf duch Amazon Greek ) all changes absolute, resulting from creating. Hebrews IVP New Testament Commentary Series CHAPTER takes people into the heavenly realm the... 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