Monday, September 2, 2013

September 2 - Hebrews 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Hebrews 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The book of Hebrews is written to a Jewish audience who had come to believe in Jesus but were now tempted to go back on their commitment, or to feel like Jesus wasn't sufficient on his own, so they needed to add something to him. But Jesus, alone, is enough.
  • The many quotes in this first chapter from the Old Testament show this was written to a Jewish audience, who would have been very familiar with these verses.
  • One of the temptations the people who received this letter were dealing with is to think that angels were equal to Jesus, or necessary in addition to Jesus. This chapter shows that angels may be great, but they are nothing compared to Jesus.
  • Jesus “is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” Jesus IS God.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Jesus is exactly God. So if you want to know God, know Jesus.
  • There are all kinds of good things, but Jesus is superior. Nothing else you look to, in this world, or spiritually, will ever compare to him, or be able to do for you what only he can do for you.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • It may seem difficult to get to know God, but God sent Jesus so you can know him. Read about Jesus in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and you will see exactly what God is like.
  • What are you tempted to look to instead of Jesus, or consider as important to you as Jesus? Take some time with God to repent of that. To repent means to turn around. To turn from one thing to another. Turn from the thing you've been making the god of your life, and turn to Jesus, who is actually God.