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Radiating the Glory of God

Scripture reading for February 16th: Exodus 38-40, Hebrews 1

Hebrews 1:1-4 “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. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the Name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”

The Name of Jesus Christ was given from the Father to Joseph by an angel. This Jesus is the First-born Son of God, and is the exact representation of God the Father and radiates to sinful man God’s awesome glory. No man could look on God in the fullness of His glory and live. But Jesus Christ made God and His glory known! The ark of the covenant, whose pattern Moses received from God was to be where God’s glory would reside in the midst of His people on earth. When the ark was placed in the tabernacle, and covered with the curtain and sacrifices were made exactly as God prescribed, God’s glory filled the Tabernacle and was in the midst of Israel to guide, protect and provide for them on their journey to their promised inheritance. In the same way, when we repent and invite Jesus to reside in us, God’s glory fills us and we reflect that glory to the world on His behalf.

Hebrews 1:8-9 “But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”

Prayer: Father God, Thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Name above all names and the exact representation of Your glory and the creator and sustainer of earth and all life. Thank You for Your eternal rule in righteousness and the anointing of Jesus Christ and His followers with the oil of gladness. I receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and invite Him to reflect His glory through my life.

Exodus 40:34 “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

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Jesus Christ the Superior Son!

Scripture reading for August 6th: Hebrews 1

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 1:1-4 “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 heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to the angels as the Name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”

The author of Hebrews is not known for sure. Some think it was Barnabas and others possibly Apollos. It is certain he was a Jew who understood Jewish religion and culture. He wrote this letter to encourage Jewish Christians who were being persecuted for their faith and some considering going back to Judaism. The superiority of Christ is emphasized throughout the letter and pastoral encouragement to believers to hold tight to Christ is a major theme. In this first chapter, Jesus is proclaimed as the final Word from God to His people in the last days. He is the radiance of God’s glory. He is the heir of all things and creator of all things. Jesus upholds creation with His powerful Word. Jesus also has made purification for our sins and is now seated in the ultimate place of honor as God’s Son at His right hand. His Name, Jesus Christ, is superior to all names of men and angels! He alone has preeminence and an anointing of joy!

Hebrews 1:9 “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness: therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father, thank You for Your Son, Who is preeminent over all creation and all earthly and heavenly beings. I believe He has made atonement for my sins and the sins of the world and is now seated at Your right hand, anointed with the oil of gladness as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! He is the only Way, Truth, and Life for lost sinners.

Psalm 2:6-8 “”As for Me, I have set My King on Zion, My holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to Me, “You are My Son; today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will make the nations Your heritage and the ends of the earth Your possession.””

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Jesus–God’s final Word!

Scripture reading for October 13th:  Hebrews 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Hebrews 1:1-3  “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word.”

God, the Father, is a God who is active in the creation and spoke by revelation to man.  In earlier times God spoke through the prophets.  Prophets were anointed men and women who spoke as God spoke to them through direct conversation, visions, or dreams.  But the writer of Hebrews declares that God’s final Words come from His own Son, Jesus Christ!  In fact, He is the Word made flesh and is the embodiment of God’s nature and glory.  His Son sustains all creation and the universe by His Word!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers recognize God’s Son as God’s revelation of Himself to us in these last days and are sustained by His powerful Word!  “I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise Your Name for Your love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.”  (Psalm 138:2)

 

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God’s final Word!

Scripture reading for October 30th: Hebrews 1:1-14

We serve a living God!  This great God and Father of us all is a God who speaks to His people.  The Bible is the story of God’s speaking to man to reveal His plan of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The unnamed writer of Hebrews wrote to Jewish Christians who were going through intense persecution.  Some of them were tempted to return to their past religion.   The writer of Hebrews encourages them and us today to listen to God’s final Word!

“In  the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.  After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

God had spoken to His people many times in the past.  The Holy Scriptures contained the records of God’s communication with Moses, Noah, Abraham and the  many prophets.  But God’s final word came in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.  God appointed Jesus as heir of all things, having made the universe and all it contained through His powerful word.   Jesus Christ now upholds all things by His word and is the exact representation of God the Father.  It is through Jesus Christ that we have purification of our sins.  Jesus is now seated at God’s right hand in Heaven and is our mediator with God on our behalf.

The Jews understood and reverenced angels.  Hebrews declared that Jesus was superior to angels in many ways.  (Hebrews 1:4-14)  His name was above all other names.  Jesus was declared the Son of God and  His Father declared that all angels should worship Him.  The Father declared His Son was  ‘God’ and gave Him a throne and kingdom lasting forever.  His Son would be eternal and would outlast the creation He made.  The angels were only ministering spirits, sent to serve the heirs of salvation.

Have you listened to God’s final Word from heaven?  Do you want to know what God is like?   Listen to Jesus and observe His life and teaching!  He is worthy of our worship!

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Christ Jesus, God’s final word!

Scripture reading for October 30th: Hebrews 1:1-14

We serve a living God!  This great God and Father of us all is a God who speaks to His people.  The Bible is the story of God’s speaking to man to reveal His plan of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The unnamed writer of Hebrews wrote to Jewish Christians who were going through intense persecution.  Some of them were tempted to return to their past religion.   The writer of Hebrews encourages them and us today to listen to God’s final Word!

“In  the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.  After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

God had spoken to His people many times in the past.  The Holy Scriptures contained the records of God’s communication with Moses, Noah, Abraham and the  many prophets.  But God’s final word came in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.  God appointed Jesus as heir of all things, having made the universe and all it contained through His powerful word.   Jesus Christ now upholds all things by His word and is the exact representation of God the Father.  It is through Jesus Christ that we have purification of our sins.  Jesus is now seated at God’s right hand in Heaven and is our mediator with God on our behalf.

The Jews understood and reverenced angels.  Hebrews declared that Jesus was superior to angels in many ways.  (Hebrews 1:4-14)  His name was above all other names.  Jesus was declared the Son of God and  His Father declared that all angels should worship Him.  The Father declared His Son was  ‘God’ and gave Him a throne and kingdom lasting forever.  His Son would be eternal and would outlast the creation He made.  The angels were only ministering spirits, sent to serve the heirs of salvation.

Have you listened to God’s final Word from heaven?  Do you want to know what God is like?   Listen to Jesus and observe His life and teaching!  He is worthy of our worship!

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