Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:1-4
Most of us reading this blog know the guide for reading Scripture concerning the word, “therefore.” Whenever you see the word “therefore,” go back and see what it is there for. I cannot recall a time that this guide has failed to bring me clarification and knowledge…and so it with this second chapter of Hebrews which begins with the word “therefore.” Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it (Hebrews 2:1).
So let’s quickly go back to Hebrews 1 which we read on yesterday and see what the therefore is there for. Through the opening chapter of Hebrews the Lord reveals truth about Jesus and I pray that one truth that penetrated every heart is that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is superior to angels, superior to any man, and superior to creation for He is indeed the Creator.
Surely, as we read John 1:1-4, 14 came to our hearts.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
I must share that ‘bullet point’ is my middle name. When studying or teaching, bullet points really help me with my own clarity. I pray that as we read and chewed on yesterday that we were able to hear God as He revealed the following things about Jesus, the Son of God (bullet points):
- God appointed Jesus the heir of all things (vs. 2)
- Jesus created the world (vs. 2)
- Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God (vs. 3)
- Jesus is the exact imprint of the Father’s nature (vs. 3)
- Jesus upholds the universe by the word of His power (vs. 3)
- Jesus made purification for sins (vs. 3)
- Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (vs. 3)
- Jesus is much superior to angels (vs. 4)
- Jesus inherited a name that is more excellent than angels (vs. 4)
- Jesus is worshiped by angels (vs. 6)
- Jesus is God (vs. 8)
- Jesus’ throne will last forever (vs. 8)
- Jesus laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of His hands (vs. 10)
- Jesus remains and will remain the same (vs. 12)
- Jesus’ years will have no end (vs. 12)
This one chapter of the Word of God that reveals Jesus as the Son of God and the Superior One is a “Shout now – HALLELUJAH!” Rejoice! Rejoice!
We move on after receiving this Truth to hear God begin Chapter 2 with “therefore”…because you have received this revelation of Truth, “we [you] must pay much closer attention to what we [you] have heard, lest we [you] drift away from it.
My, my, my! What a Word in due season for the people of God. Therefore pay much closer attention to what you have heard FROM ME. You say but I am paying attention, God says pay much closer attention (2:1). Listen carefully. Observe My Word. Focus. Meditate on MY Word day and night. Treasure my Word. Be washed by My Word. Be transformed by My Word. Display My Word.
I have spoken by My Son… not social media, not the world system, not CNN, not FOX, not the President, not the pundits, not your IRA, not sister girl, not your guy, not the world’s wisdom, not even your own thoughts..BUT PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT I HAVE SPOKEN. “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (1.2).” “And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As He said these things, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear (Luke 8:8).”
Then He gives the reason why and the reason is actually a warning, “lest we drift away from it (vs. 1).” Some already have drifted away…the cure is the same as the prevention, pay much closer attention to what you have heard from the Son of God!
Father, You are Holy, Righteous, Pure and Perfect! Thank you for opening our eyes to see Jesus as the Son of God. Please help us to hold true to You and Your Word, to pay close attention to the Words Jesus spoke, help us not to drift away but be found faithful, treasuring Your Word more than silver or gold. In Jesus Name, Amen!