Long Ago (Hebrews 1-6)

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:1-2

The opening words of Hebrews one, “long ago,” remind of the lyrics I used to read in children’s stories as a child.  Those words were placed there by the author to get your attention about something that you had not experienced in your lifetime.  For example, “long ago in the land of Oz.”

This morning our Lord direct’s our attention in the book of Hebrews to a day that you and I were not a part of.  It was long ago. In particular, it was the days of the prophets.   Keep in mind, the prophets were those who were called of God to represent Him to the people.  In Numbers 12:6 God reminds the people that only Moses had the honor of speaking with God face to face.  All others would hear through the prophets.

We ask, “Why was this the case?”

The people were sinful and prone to wander from God.  They did not seek God nor did they walk in daily fellowship with God.  God raised up prophets who would call the people back to Him.  God raised up prophets to direct the people to repentance.  God raised up prophets to proclaim judgment if the people did not repent.  Lastly, God raised up prophets to predict the coming of the Messiah who would restore to me the opportunity to be right with God.

The book of Hebrews celebrates the coming of the Messiah.  The book of Hebrews lifts up Jesus in His superiority to everything God has created.

In chapter one verses 2-5 we see no less that 7 superior characteristics of Jesus:

  • He is the appointed heir.
  • He is the agent of creation.
  • He is God revealed.
  • He is co-equal with God.
  • He is the sovereign ruler of the universe.
  • He is the redeeming sacrifice for our sin.
  • He is seated at the right hand of God making intercession.

These 7 superior characteristics remind me of this truth:  “What was in the long ago is still now and will be forever.”  I find myself longing to know this one called Jesus.

This day I challenge you to spend extra time in devotion discovering Jesus who the hymn writer says, “give us a foretaste of glory divine.”

Enjoy the words of that blessed hymn:  Blessed assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

Perfect submission, perfect delight
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight
And angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior

Praising the Father in Heaven
Whose Son died for me
Praising my Savior all the day long
Lyrics from <a href=”http://www.elyrics.net”>eLyrics.net</a&gt;

 

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