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?
The most revered things in the Jewish faith had been the prophets, Moses, the priesthood and angels. The author of Hebrews is seeking to establish Jesus’ supremacy over all these things. In this passage he is comparing Jesus to angels.
For us it is a no brainer that Jesus surpasses angels. But sometimes we don’t put him first either. We get distracted by the things of this world. Sometimes we make finances or work or even leisure activities more important than Jesus. None of these things are wrong in themselves, but they should not take the place of Jesus as our first priority. Look at the wonderful things this passage says about Jesus.
- He is God’s precious Son 2. He is worshipped by angels 3. His throne will continue forever 4. He rules with justice 5. He loves righteousness and hates wickedness 6. He is anointed by the Father with the oil of joy 7. He laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens 8. He will remain always – even after the heavens and the earth perish 9. He sits at God’s right hand 10. His enemies will be a footstool under his feet.
Our response to this has to be bifold. We need to make sure he is number one in our lives, and we need to praise him! Jesus is abundantly worthy of our praise!
Lord, You are worthy to receive glory, honour and praise. You are great and just and you will live forever. May I never forget how great you are, but always exalt you. Amen.
Written by Megan Cornell