While Hebrews does not identify its author, or the intended readers, we do know that its recipients have been persecuted in the past (Heb 10:32-34) and continue to be persecuted (Heb 12:3-13). This letter encourages its recipients to remain faithful to the way of Jesus, even when tempted to turn back to their former beliefs.Hebrews 1: 1-12 teaches that Jesus reflects the glory of God, and having purified humanity from sin, he sat at God’s right hand, becoming superior to the angels. This is an affirmation of the Christian creedal statements since the earliest times. What is awkward is that it uses Psalm 45:6-7 as evidence. However this psalm is a love song for the marriage of King David to a foreign princess from Tyre in Phoenicia. This is a “bending” of the text to support a teaching - Oops! It seems that a Christian teacher has taken a short cut with an earlier sacred writing.
This is not new – and far too many preachers and teachers continue to do this today. Let us as Christ-followers commit ourselves to a rigorous reading of our Bible, rather than lifting “proof texts” to bolster our opinions.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are seated at the right hand of the Father: lead us in truthful ways today. May your Spirit help us to read our Scriptures with honesty, so that we may become people of the Truth. Amen.
Week 7: The Son of GodFirst Sunday after Epiphany
(Scripture reference page 52 A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants)