And in His law does he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:2

Heir of all Things

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

God Spoke to Our Fathers

God, who spoke to our previous generations, the Hebrew people, by the prophets at various times and in different manners . . .

This book is written specifically to the Jewish or Hebrew people, the ones who had knowledge of the things of God under the Old Covenant. Gentiles were not familiar with Jewish Biblical customs or religious writings, but the Jews were.

A New Way

And now there was a dilemma, a religious crisis, so the speak. A man named Jesus of Nazareth was now being hailed by the Gentile world as the Messiah the One spoken of by the Hebrew prophets, who, having been rejected by the Jewish religious leaders, was now being recognized by the Gentiles as the Savior of the world.

Jewish custom did not allow intermingling or associating with Gentiles. Gentiles could be proselytized into the Jewish religion. But what the Gentiles were now embracing was something separate from and distinctly different than Judaism. You might say, as does the Bible, that they were in a new and living way.

Scriptural Perspective

This new thing that was coming forth among the people had to be explained, it had to be understood, it had to make sense from a Hebrew scriptural perspective, if it were to ever be accepted by the Hebrews as being from God. And there had already been many Jewish people who had joined the new movement and had become followers of Christ.

It is not clear who the writer of the Book of Hebrews is. Some say it may have been the Apostle Paul, yet the style of Hebrews seems to differ somewhat from the his other writings. l. Some speculate that it may have been Apollos, but there is not a certainty as to who authored the book,.

Has Spoken by His Son

Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

This God, who spoke to us for many generations by the prophets, has now spoken to us in these recent days by His Son. And the writer points out that it was God's Son who created all things and has now inherited all of His creation.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Son of God

Jewish scriptures did not make a strong emphasis on the fact that God had a Son, but in certain places it did come up clearly in scripture.

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

The idea that God would send His son to the earth was not what had been expected, though the scripture did make mention of His Son. God, in their view, was going to send a prophet like Moses whom the people would obey. But instead He sent His Son, who was much more than a prophet.

The Express Image

Hebrews 1:3 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 on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

He, Jesus, the Son of God, is the reflection, the out-raying, of God’s splendor and majesty. He is the exact expression, the express image, of God the Father.

Why is this statement so important? It is important because it lets us know that Jesus came to the earth to reveal the Father, to show us exactly what He is like. It was part of His mission to show the world who God was and what He is like. He came to show us the Father.

John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

To Know God

How would we have ever known what God is like if Jesus had not come to earth and revealed Him to us? What is God like? He is exactly like Jesus, for Jesus is the exact expression of Him, the very reflection of who He is.

Now we can draw near to God because we know what He is like. He is just like Jesus. If we have seen Jesus, we have seen the Father. Now we can embrace Him as our own Father.

The Character of God

It’s interesting, the phrase “express image” is translated from the Greek word charakter (khar-ak-tare'), which is the word we get our English word “character” from. Jesus revealed to us the character of God.

But the Greek word charakter actually means an instrument used for engraving and also the mark stamped upon that instrument, like an image stamped into something. Jesus is the exact image of God the Father.

We will continue our study of Hebrews chapter one in another meditation.

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