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4) Hebrews - Chapter 1 (continued)
What is the Name referred to here? "Jesus", "Christ", "Immanuel", etc.? The Name is "Son", as seen by verse 5.
Observe the importance of the Name of Jesus:
Acts 4:12 - In none other is there salvation
Ephesians 1:21, Philippians 2:9 - Name above every name
Philippians 2:10 - Name to bow before
Philippians 2:11 - A Name to confess
Matthew 28:19 - Baptism in His name
Colossians 3:17, Matthew 10:42 - All good to be in His Name
John 14:13, John 15:16 - Prayer in His Name
Ephesians 5:20 - Prayer in His Name
Matthew 18:20 - Assemble in His Name
Ephesians 3:14 - His is the family Name
From verse 5 till the end of the chapter there are seven different Old Testament quotes. These are designed to
show that the Son is superior to angels. The reason for doing so is his readers had that question on their minds. If
they recognize that he is not just a prophet but actually God they will listen with more reverence.
Today I have begotten thee: this is in reference to his resurrection. Several explanations about bringing him again
into the world, but to fit the context it is about coming from the grave.
The term firstborn probably has the meaning that he has certain prerogatives and responsibilities to mankind (see
Hebrews 1:7 He makes his angels winds, fire - as servants God uses angels as His instruments to carry out His will
just like He uses natural elements to do His will.
Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son He says, In Jesus' throne God refers to the Son as God. This verse alone will kill the
idea that Jesus will not reign until His second coming.
The oil of gladness is an expression derived from Psalms 23:5.
Jesus was at the creation and it will be rolled up like a worn out garment at the end of days, but He will abide forever.
He quotes Psalms 110 - this passage was also used on the Great Day of question (Matthew 23:43 and following).
Angels may stand before God but none have ever sat next to Him.
Hebrews 1:14 ministering spirits are not slaves but common service, what a domestic might do. It was the same
word that was used as a priest served at the alter.
Some angels were sent to frustrate the wiles of the devil (Jude 6), some to punish wicked men (Genesis 19:1-26),
some to help rulers (Daniel 10:10 and following), some to help men to come to repentance (Acts 10:1-8), some to
take care of living (Matthew 4:11, Acts 5:19), some to comfort dying saints (Luke 16:22), some might be guardian
angels (Acts 12:15, Matthew 18:10).