SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 2:5-9
Exaltation through Abasement
5 Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6 But someone has testified somewhere,
“What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7 You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8 subjecting all things under their feet.”
Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9 but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Lawrence O. Richards shares his position that “In Old Testament times it seemed so simple. God had given laws and rules through Moses that regulated every aspect of life. When special guidance was needed God sent a prophet, authenticated by miracles. Now, however, as the Hebrew Christians apparently felt, though we too have a written Word, the voice of God is less certainly heard. The writer of Hebrews understood. And he moved immediately to make one thing clear to his readers. In Christ we have an even greater revelation than that from Moses. And, through relationship with Jesus, we have access to the very voice of the living God.”
Richards points out an interesting truth that I think people in this world either tend to forget about, or maybe ignore, or become frustrated over. When we read the stories of the Old Testament, it seems that God talks to (or through a prophet) the people on a somewhat regular basis. But after that, and all the way into our world today, it does seem that “the voice of God is less certainly heard” and people are more skeptical of “miracles” and “prophets”. Not that one can blame them given how many false prophets we have encountered, and scams people have tried to pull to for financial gain by taking advantage of the honest faith of others.
But Richards, along with the author of Hebrews, also points out something that is key to our faith, “In Christ we have an even greater revelation than that from Moses. And, through relationship with Jesus, we have access to the very voice of the living God.” So, while we may not have the same setup, if you will, as they had in the Old Testament, we still can hear the voice of God in other ways. And I think it really starts with following the words and teaching of Jesus and asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in our own words and deeds to live into our faith as followers of Jesus Christ.
In what ways do you feel that you hear God speaking to you? Do you struggle to accept the words of self-proclaimed prophets in this day and age? And, if so, how do you discern whether they are speaking God’s truth or their own for personal gain?
Still speaking God, even as time has gone on, you have never stopped communicating with your creation. While the way you have communicated over time has shifted, your message of love and grace stays the same. Help us, through the power of your Holy Spirit, to listen for when you speak and follow where you lead. In the name of your Son, the greatest revelation, and our Savior, we pray. Amen.