BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 3: Hebrews 1:4-14

Summary of passage:  Jesus is superior to the angels because God called him his son; God said he is the Father to Jesus; Let all God’s angels worship him; God makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.

God has set Jesus above your companions by anointing him with the oil of joy.  His throne will last forever and righteousness shall be his scepter.

God will always remain, unchanging, as the Creator of heavens and the earth.

Jesus sits at God’s right hand; no angel does.

Angels are ministering spirits, sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.

Questions:

6a)  Psalm 2:7; 2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chronicles 17:13; Deuteronomy 32:43; Psalm 104:4; Psalm 45: 6-7; Psalm 102:25-27; Psalm 110:1

b)  The author is making the point that God’s plan, unfolding from the beginning of time, has now culminated in the visit of His Son to Earth.

In reference to angels, the author is proving through God’s word that Christ is superior to angels.  In Old Testament times, people freely accepted the existence of angels and accorded them respect.  The Jews were familiar with all the stories of angels helping Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Balaam, and Daniel.  It was common practice to worship angels due to this fact.

Here, the author shows that angels were God’s servants who served God’s purposes and not vice versa.

(All information in Question 6 taken from my study Bible, Zondervan, New International Version).

7a)  Isaiah 7:14

Isaiah 40:3

Malachi 3:1

Isaiah 50:4:  “…He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.”

Isaiah 61:1-2:  “…He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…”

Isaiah 35:3-6:  “…Be strong, do not fear; your God will come…he will come to save you.”

b)  The Old Testament shows how God had planned everything from the beginning.  How He had planned to send His son, Jesus, to die for our sins so we may be with God in the end.  It is important documentation of God’s all powerful authority and reign over this world and His people as we read the events that unfolded before our time.  Without the Old Testament the significance of Jesus would be very hard for us to grasp for we would only know a world with Jesus and not know of the times before Jesus and how fundamentally transforming his coming was to us humans here on Earth.

Conclusions:  Noticed on 7a I picked the ones from Isaiah.  Remember talking about comfort in the book of Isaiah last year and how God constantly comforted His people in their need?  Great words to hear over and over again:  “Be strong, do not fear, he will save you.”

Great job, BSF, in reminding us what we need to hear.

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3 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 3: Hebrews 1:4-14

  1. did anyone read all of 2Samuel 7:14? “I will be his father, and he will be be my son. ‘When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men.'” what do you make of this? it’s the first time i’ve ever heard of Jesus doing wrong? would love to hear any point of view. thank you Karen

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    1. Hey Karen,

      Sorry it took me a bit to answer your question.

      Other translations of this passage read “If he does wrong”, God will punish him but he will never not love him.

      Even if you keep the when, God says He will punish Him. Does God ever punish Jesus in the NT? No.

      Now, you could read this as man punishes Jesus when He is whipped and sent to the cross to die for our sins. When Jesus takes our sins upon himself. So then this is foreshadowing this fact. When he “takes” our wrongs, he will be flogged. This is true (Matthew 27:26)

      Have you heard of that movie “Lost in Translation”? I think this would be an example. It’s so hard to know since the Bible was written in Aramaic and then Greek and then translated into Latin and we read it in English! Sometimes words just don’t exist in another language so a similar meaning word is chosen which isn’t exactly the same as in the original.

      I hope this helps!

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      1. in my discussion group, it stumped us all when i brought it up because no one had really read the entire passage as all the question asked was to list the passages. i just seems weird that it was so direct about Jesus, whom we know by the bible was perfect. i’m guessing it must have been a “Lost in Translation” as you think. thank you

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