Tuesday, 4th January 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-4 God Speaks
The Book of Hebrews is based on faith, but where does this faith come from? We must first know where our faith comes from and who do we put our faith in? In the New Year, God reveals to us that we must be planted and rebuilt by Him, so we can return to the beautiful images God has first created us. At the beginning of Hebrews, it tells us who Jesus is! The Christians in Rome were being prosecuted by the Romans Government, who wanted the people to worship their king and other gods instead of worshipping Jesus.
V1-2 ‘God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.’ Humans want to fix this world, but God already told us through Jesus that this is the end time. Why do we think we have the ability to save ourselves and to save others? Without Jesus, we cannot do anything!
V3 ‘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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high.’ Through Jesus, we can see that God is love; when we see this love, then we will no longer see the judgement, and we will no longer see death. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was willing to come to the world and offer Himself to us. When Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, God has prepared for Jesus to be our Salvation.
V4 ‘Having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.’ We are the followers of Jesus Christ, we listen to His Word, which has power and authority, because every word from Jesus is from God. This has been established from God long ago, and many prophets have confirmed it. Jesus is higher than the angels, who are only messengers used by God, we should not worship the angels.
Section Two V5-9 Christ is the Son
When we know who Jesus is, then we must look closer, through the Word of God, we com to know Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. V5-6 ‘For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”’
V7-8 ‘And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.” God commands the angel, but to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.’ The kingdom of Christ is righteous, is everlasting, is without sins, and is Holy. We belong to the kingdom of Christ, and therefore, nothing should come between us and Jesus Christ. We are being clothed by the oil of joy, just like how God anointed Jesus. V9 ‘You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.’
Section Three V10-14 Christ is Above All
V10-12 ‘And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment. Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”’ People like to worship the heaven and the earth, but all this will fade away, the heaven and the earth are all in God’s hands. Do we know who is the Chris we follow? Do we worship Him wholeheartedly?
V13 ‘But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?’ When we love God and follow Christ, do we have the faith and trust? Often, we say we follow God, but we follow the world and the things we can see. V14 ‘Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?’ Let our focus come back to Jesus Christ, only but knowing who He is and worshipping Him wholeheartedly, then we can really receive His salvation to save us from this sinful world!
希伯来书 1 – 基督是谁
V2 神看这个世代为“末世”- 这是一个会毁灭的世界。我们人可能做很多事想要保护地球，但其实一切都在神的手里，我们的世代在神眼里是会毁灭的末世。神不仅对我们说话，又立耶稣“为承受万有的，也曾借着他创造诸世界”。
V3 “神荣耀所发的光辉”- 光是有光源的，基督就是那光源，光从他发出。基督就是爱，他是神的儿子，来到我们当中，摆上自己的生命，让我们看到父神的爱。当我们的列祖亚当夏娃因罪被赶出伊甸园时，神已经为我们预备了爱的救赎。“命令”在原文指的是神的话语 – 与马太福音:4:4所说的“话”一样。基督带出来的话是有权能的，因为是神的话，所以能“托住万有”。神也说基督“洗净了人的罪，就坐在高天至大者的右边”。
V6 “神的使者”就是天使，他们都要拜基督 – 神的儿子。
V10-12 那个时代的人跟现在的人都类似，会拜天拜地 – 祈求风调雨顺、土地肥沃。然而圣经告诉我们，“天地都要灭没”，甚至基督要“将天地卷起来，像一件外衣”，唯有主能长存。