The other night God graced us with a double rainbow! What a joy to see it and to remember the promise of God to never flood the earth again. The weather and the creation of God is an amazing picture of His holiness and majesty. Perhaps you wake up in the early dawn when only the stars are evident, for the clouds obstruct the moon. However, stop and consider; even the moon is busy illumining the clouds to give us light. But then all of life awakes with a roar as the sun awakens and illumines the sky from east to west, north to south! The psalmist envisioned it as a bridegroom ready to meet his bride! Truly Romans 1:20 is ever before us: God’s invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – are seen by what has been created, so people are without excuse.
And yet, as David praises God for the wonder and beauty of God’s amazing creation, others will stop and worship the creation more than the Creator. That was one of the charges God made to the Israelites in exile as they came to inquire of Him. He reminded them that the idols of Egypt they so willingly put their trust in were not able to take them out of bondage, yet they closed their ears. So lovingly, He took them into the wilderness so they could see the marvel of His creation, and yet they refused to see.
Where are you this day? Are you in bondage in Egypt relying upon the wooden idols? Or are you in the wilderness viewing His creation that you may bow the knee to Him?
The theme of Hebrews is to persevere in and for the faith because Christ is superior. Point to consider: Written to 2nd generation believers who are admonished to know that we are all one in Christ; that Christ is superior and to Him alone we are to focus. In this first chapter the author, who is an unknown, reveals to us succinctly who He is and why He is to be worshiped and not the angels as was occurring within the first century. Thus the author brings his audience back to the basics of why that is not God’s plan. He gives us in just the first 4 verses seven characteristics of who Jesus is that we might bow the knee in total reverence and humility.
He is the heir and yet He is God
He is the heir and yet He is Creator
He is the radiance of God’s glory
He is the manifestation of God in flesh
He is the Word by which He sustains all things
He accomplished cleansing for sin
He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High
As we read these 7 fully complete characteristics of our Savior, we recall these words of Jesus to Philip. John 14:8-11 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? but if you do not believe me, believe because of the miraculous deeds themselves.’
If you believe Jesus was the incarnate revelation of God, ponder these words and rejoice that we know Him, walk with Him, and one day will reign with Him. Have you been with the Savior today?