Ignite Day 5 Purposed Orchestration: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) Why would the author mention how God has communicated “long ago” and “in these last days”?

2) What does this passage tell us about Jesus’ essence and His beginning?

3) What does this passage tell us about Jesus’ mission?

Hebrews 1:1-4

Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. 2 In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe through him. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 4 So he became superior to the angels, just as the name he inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Original Intent

1) Why would the author mention how God has communicated “long ago” and “in these last days”?
Since before the beginning of time, God has not only existed eternally, but has also prepared one grand story of redemption to rescue mankind from their choosing of sin and self effectively separating them from the loving Creator. When God, in His infinite love and wisdom, allowed humanity to have free will, He knew we would always choose ourselves to be “god” over Him, and so we did as exemplified in Eve and Adam and every human born since that moment. (Genesis 3) The author of Hebrews is writing to a primarily Jewish audience who were quite familiar with the Old Testament Scriptures. They all knew the prophets, the lineage, all the stories, and could trace God’s story through history. The author’s goal is to show them, through the Old Testament writings which they intimately knew, revered, and loved, how Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah. Jesus is the very one spoken of in Genesis 3:15 who would come and free mankind from their bondage to the enemy, Satan. Just a few verses later in Hebrews 2:14 the author shares, “through death he (Jesus) might destroy the one holding the power of death, that is, the devil.” “Long ago” referred to all the prophets who had come before the then-current-day of post-resurrection of Jesus. The author’s intention is to bring out the carefully, intricately woven threads of Jewish history to point to how now, “in these last days”, the fulfillment of redemption has come in the flesh God-man of Jesus Christ.

2) What does this passage tell us about Jesus’ essence and His beginning?
Jesus as God, co-equal with God the Father and God the Spirit is clear throughout Scripture from Old Testament to New. The Old Testament title God called Himself to Moses, even before he led Israel out of slavery in Egypt was “I Am.” (Exodus 3:14) This ancient title became a clarifying marker throughout Israel’s history (1 small example: Judges 6:24), into the New Testament as Jesus identified Himself as being the “I Am” (John 8:58), and into the future coming of Jesus “who is and who was and who is to come” (Revelation 1:4). Fun Fact: most translations of the Bible will capitalize the name “LORD” in the Old Testament when it refers to this title of “I Am”. The understanding that many other Scriptures support the full deity of Christ is important to note as we begin studying this passage. No Scripture is meant to be read or interpreted in a vacuum; Scripture interprets Scripture because the Author is the same from beginning to end, this is His story! Bible theologian Matthew Henry states about this passage, “God hath appointed him to be heir of all things (verse 2) meaning, as God, He (Jesus) was equal to the Father but, as God-man and Mediator, He was appointed by the Father to be the heir of all things, the sovereign Lord of all, the absolute disposer, director, and governor of all persons and of all things.” This passage further colors the Scriptural truth that Jesus is God, while having His own distinct personhood. Because Jesus is God, He neither has a beginning or an end, His throne, rule, and reign are eternal. (Hebrews 1:8) Jesus is in the flesh, precisely who God (as a whole triune single Being) is in spirit as He (Jesus) fully expresses God’s character. (Hebrews 1:3)

3) What does this passage tell us about Jesus’ mission?
From the v e r y beginning to the right n o w, Jesus’ mission has been to make known the radiance of God. As creation was crafted into existence, it was through Jesus it was made. Right now it is through Jesus that all things in creation continue holding together. (Colossians 1:17) See how creation declares the glory of God? (Romans 1:20) This is God’s intended design through Christ! See Jesus at His birth where even shepherds came to worship Him? See His teachings and miracles? See His defeat of death by His resurrection? He is making the radiance of God known!

Everyday Application

1) Why would the author mention how God has communicated “long ago” and “in these last days”?
One of the biggest proofs that bed-rocked my faith in the certainty of Scripture is the flowing continuity of one story across the centuries. Abraham was born approximately 2100 years before Jesus was born. Over Two Thousand Years! Going back who knows how many more centuries before him to the creation of the world (depending on whether you hold a new earth or old earth view), it is utterly mind-blowing that even then ONE, single story had already been written in the heart of God. He would begin it, He would end it, and it would be His word that spoke truth, hope, and redemption at pivotal points all throughout history. The Lord’s plot line was never a surprise from the moment He hung the stars in place to the moment the sky became pitch black as Jesus breathed His last to the moment you are reading this today and every single moment in the middle and into the future. He knows it all, and what’s more, He has thoughtfully intended to make Himself known to each of us. Sisters! That is breathtaking! Can you see Him?! What if, just what if it is all true? What this Lord of All really, truly was pursuing your heart?! Suppose creation was meant to declare His glorious character to you? (Romans 1:19-20) Suppose His Spirit is speaking to you, wooing you to know Him, inviting you to see Him? (John 16:8-11) Whether you’ve walked with the Lord for years or you are skeptical that He even exists, know that His heart is for you.

2) What does this passage tell us about Jesus’ essence and His beginning?
The changeless, un-shifting, always-present character of Christ, more so, of God Almighty as Father, Son, and Spirit, will either encourage our hearts, bringing us comfort, or make our insides shake with the urge to push this truth away, looking for ways to discount it. If you feel yourself push away, take this as an invitation to explore rather than run. What about this truth doesn’t sit well? Why? If the Lord God is big enough to handle your doubts and your questions (and He absolutely is), then you owe it to yourself (and your eternity) to explore why this central-to-Scripture truth feels like it has sharp edges to you. If this reality comforts you, re-focuses your wandering heart, and compels you to lean in closer to the One who calls you Beloved, may I urge you not to stop there? This source of comfort was not intended only for you! Poke the holes, memorize the passages that cement this truth, and practice explaining this core truth in your own words. Then ask the Lord to give you the opportunity to share this richness with someone!

3) What does this passage tell us about Jesus’ mission?
It can be easy for us as we have the entirety of the Bible to see how God has been making Himself known since creation and especially in the life and ministry in Jesus, but it can be more challenging to see His work in everyday life. If we are intentional in looking for His work, we can see God’s radiance being revealed now too. In every sinner turned saint by surrendering their heart to Christ, God’s glory is revealed. In every story we tell about how Christ has made us new, God’s glory is being revealed. Every time a believer loves another with Jesus-like service and love, God’s glory is revealed. One victorious day, the glory of the Lord will be fulfilled in its most supreme measure as Christ returns to take the Church as His Bride and we are welcomed into eternity with Him!

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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