May 2, 2011

Tuesday after the First Sunday after Easter


Lectionary

Morning - Psalm 5, Ex. 13:7-14:4, Heb. 2:1-8
Evening – Psalm 15, 24, Is. 40:12-17, 1 Pet. 1:13

Commentary

If an angel were to appear to you at this very moment, you would probably be filled with fear.  If the angel told you to do something, you would probably obey immediately.  Yet One far greater than all the angels has appeared on earth, and bids you believe in Him and keep His commandments, therefore you should give your utmost to hearing and obeying His Word.  This is the point of our reading in Hebrews this morning, and it begins in the very first verse.  The One who is greater than the angels is Christ Jesus, the character of God in human form, as we saw in our reading yesterday.  Christ is the heir and creator of all things, who purged our sins by His own blood, and now is seated again at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb. 1:2).  God has spoken to us in Him, a revelation that is complete and full and above every other communication from God.  The other revelations looked forward to Him, and He is the completion of their story (Heb. 1:1).

People suffered for disobeying the word of God given through these lesser beings.  This is seen in the numerous disasters suffered by Israel for their lack of obedience.  If Israel was punished for disobedience to the word given through men and angels, God will surely punish those who disobey His word given through Christ Himself.  If they who disobeyed angels did not escape, can anyone who disobeys the express image of God expect to escape?  “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him” (He. 2:3).  Let us give “more earnest heed” to the things God has spoken in Christ, “lest at any time we should let them slip” (2:1).

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