Meditating on Hebrews Day 2: Heb 1:5-2:4
1:5 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?
2:1 Therefore, we must pay the most careful attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
· Write down one word/phrase to describe or draw a picture that shows how the Son compares with angels. What’s the point of this comparison (hint: look at 2:1)?
· Consider the image of drifting. Why is drifting especially dangerous? Where does drifting lead (hint: look at 2:2)? Are you in danger of drifting?
· Why is Jesus’s message trustworthy?
· Thank God that Jesus’s message is reliable and trustworthy.
· Pray that you might not drift away from Jesus but pay careful attention to his words.
· Write a list of all the people in your life that you listen to or take advice from. How do they compare to Jesus? What’s one thing you can do this week to make sure you “pay the most careful attention" to Jesus”?
· Is there anyone you know who is in danger of drifting? Share this passage with them this week.