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Monday, January 30, 2017

HEBREWS
1:4-6


"...having become as much better than the angels,
as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
For to which of the angels did He ever say,
'You are My Son,'
Today I have begotten You'?
And again,
'I will be a Father to Him
And He shall be a
Son to Me'?
And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says,
'And let all the angels of God worship Him.'"


This is a peek into the tender heart of the fatherhood of God.
First, He has given His Son His name, a name more excellent than the angels.
These angels spend every flutter of their wings in the adoration of God.
But here, He makes it clear, there is nothing to compare to His Son.


Those of us who have been around awhile remember the mini-series, "Roots."  Its most pivotal image is when the father in Africa holds his son up and names him "Kunta Kinte."  Even the Lion King stole this scene in a sense to show the father-son bonding moment.  This moment in Scripture
is greater in that God goes back to that unique, one of a kind, divine moment of the immaculate inception, "Today I have begotten You."  What this means is that God is affirming here that life begins at inception.  God loved His Son before the first cell-splitting formation in the womb.  He called this fetus, His. 


You are mine.

"You are My Son...
I will be a Father to Him
And He shall be a Son to Me."

Oh, how every heart that has every beat longs for this to be said over them.  This is the arrow through the valentine of every love story.  This is the kiss on the cherub lips of every loving parent to their newborn.  If this does not happen, love is lacking, the heart breaks and crumbles just a little more, sometimes shattering completely.  Because God said this to His Son, it opens the way for Him to say this over us. 

This is a glimpse inside the nursery when God sees His Son.  However, when God first beholds His Son, He sees Him already in His mysterious pre-existence when He was beside Him in Creation in that inexplicable relationship in the Trinity.  Then He not only looks back at His inception, He not only sees Him lying in a crude manger, but He sees Him from that day forward, every pain, every hurt, every nail pounded into His hands and feet on the cross.  He sees ahead Jesus words as He suffered there, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"  This was the worst moment of all His suffering, the desertion of His Father's love.  This was for us.  This was the opening of the door for all the Father's, all the Son's love for us was revealed.  That was what it would mean to be the Son to the Father.  It is beyond human love.  It is divine. 




Yet, we see what God was about, "as by His resurrection from the dead He was declared --manifestly proved, to be the Son of God with power...by His resurrection,  His innocence was demonstrated." (Adam Clarke)



Remember that Hebrews is a letter written to converted Jews.  They know their Old Testament.  They know II Samuel 7:14, shows us that the seed which God promised to David, and who was to sit upon His throne, and whose throne should be established for ever, was not Solomon, but Jesus Christ." (Adam Clarke)


"Let all the angels of God worship Him."

"So much higher was He, when in His lowest estate, than the highest angel!"
(John Wesley)


So we are back to the angels, who are to adore Him, to worship Him.
This brings back the image of that angel hoard that hovered over the babe in the manger,
over 'the holy thing begotten,'
the very embodiment of love itself.


Perhaps the flutter in the heart when love is conceived,
whether human or divine,
are not butterflies,
but the flutter of angel wings.






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