So far, we’ve really dug into the periphery of Hebrews. Time, origin, background, climate, author, message, important words, key verses.
We’re ready to start with chapter one.
Most popular words in chapter one (ignoring all the thee, the, a, and, etc) is… Angels (6X) God (5X) son (4X) and righteousness (2X).
The theme of the beginning chapters of Hebrews is… the superiority of Jesus Christ.
Why? Because the target audience is debating returning to Judaism. THey are unsure of whether or not Jesus Christ could possibly the messiah – after all, it didn’t fit with popular Jewish expectation of the Messiah! The Romans were still in power!
If John the Baptist doubted once, then all the Jewish believers struggled as well.
We’re going to highlight doctrinal things as well.
“GOD, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” (Hebrews 1:1–2, KJV)
Let’s diagram that…
spake in times past
by the prophets.
Hath in these last times
spoken unto us
by His son.
What do we learn from this?
Who spoke by the prophets? God.
in times past.
Does God speak to us by prophets any longer?
Some of my readers will answer in the affirmative. Verse two answers in the negative. No.
So let’s add the “No” to our propositional question.
No… God does not speak to us by the prophets any longer.
“And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” (Numbers 12:6, KJV)
“And it shall come to pass afterward, That I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions:” (Joel 2:28, KJV)
How do I defend my proposition?
Joel 2 is said by Peter to have been fulfilled in Acts 2. Clearly, he says it! “This is that…” Peter says. “Which was spoken of by the prophet Joel.”
This was to show the Jewish people that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. God was using miraculous signs. Gentiles are convinced by arguments, Jews require a sign. That’s what the Bible says.
It was BRUTALLY hard when I was teetering in the balance over whether I’d accept Jesus Christ, and I kept praying for a sign. No sign came. If anything, I could swear I literally heard in my head the Bible quotation, “No sign will be given this evil and adulterous generation.”
I had to learn the lesson that God would not give me a sign. God required Faith. Once I showed faith, came to Jesus Christ in faith, I was given the gift of all kinds of proof.
But I had to repent first.
Eschaton Ton Emeron. These last days. The Greek ἐσχάτων is where we get Eschatology from (the study of last things). Literally, Ton Eschaton Emeron is Greek for… these last days.
In the Old Testament, God spoke by prophets, who called the people back to the Bible. Today, this is done by preachers, most of whom are abdicating their job, but I’ve addressed that topic in only about 40 blog articles.
In the New Testament, God speaks to us by His Son. The Bible is our prophet now. There is nothing more to add. God has said it all, sealed the canon. Why?
That which is perfect has come.
The Jewish people are being confronted by a number of factors:
- The Bible prophesied of Jesus Christ
- God has nothing more to say
- Miracles have come to prove Jesus Christ is the Messiah.
- Miracles have completely stopped now, to mark this fact. Mega miracles of this type (sign gifts) now cease, so that there is absolutely no confusion. There is absolutely no mistaking it. No person can take a sign miracle and say, “You see? I’m a god. I’m the Messiah.” Because the sign gifts have stopped.
- And the most dramatic thing… literally… God spoke through Joel and let them know, “You will know the time of the Messiah because miracles will happen, dreams visions, dead raised, sick healed, devils cast out…” With these gifts gone, there is no mistaking the fact of whom they pointed to.