Wednesday in the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Hebrews 1:4-6

You Are My Son

Angelic beings were something of a curiosity in the ancient world.  I understand that with the New Age movement in America, musings about angels have returned.  Now let us be clear: Angels are wonderful beings who stand in the presence of God and fulfill the tasks which He assigns them.  But they are His creations, not gods, and rebuked those who offered them worship whenever they appeared to God’s people in the Bible (Revelation 22:8-9).  Indeed, the only angels who receive worship are those demonic beings lurking behind the idols men create.

With that introduction, it makes sense that the Preacher (if Hebrews is a sermon then the writer is a preacher) would now show the surpassing excellency of Christ over the angels.  The first sign of the Son’s exceeding excellency is his name: “Son.”  To prove this, the Preacher quotes Psalm 2:7: “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.”  This psalm speaks to the Son’s enthronement over the nations to rule.  Added to this is 2 Samuel 7:14: “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son.”  This passage was spoken to King David when God promised him that his throne would be established forever.  Each of these passages was fulfilled in the seating of the Son at the Right Hand of Power—his session—which we spoke of yesterday.  Seated at that place, the Son is also the King.  And then the Preacher adds a third passage from a Greek variant of Deuteronomy 32:43 (which is actually the more primitive text according to NICNT, 105-108): “Let all God’s angels worship him,” which they did when he was born (Luke 2:14).  All of this places the exclamation point on the argument for the Son’s exaltation over the angels.

But it is the title, “Son,” which the Preacher wishes to highlight.  Yes, he is king, but he is far greater: He is the eternal Son of the Father who came “in the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4).  When the psalmist says, “Today I have begotten you,” he simply means that today is His Son’s enthronement.  But the Son has ever been the Son of the Father, for “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son” (John 3:16), pointing to the fact that His Son was with Him before the beginning of time (John 1:1-2), the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), not that the Son was a creation of His Father but that God’s Son has always been, “who is and who was and who is to come” (Revelation 1:4).  And this is why our Lord is called the Father’s Son, because he is the Father’s Son—God of God, light of light, very God of very God, begotten not made—and so much greater than any angel!

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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