April 23rd, 2007
I often like to think I’m in control of my life. If I don’t like the work that I’m doing, I can choose to do a different job. If I’m worried that I’m getting unfit, I can fix it by choosing to exercise regularly, and choosing to be sufficiently disciplined that I get results. If I’m feeling dissatisfied or unhappy or disappointed with my lot, I can choose to do different things, and I can choose to make things better and be happier. I like to think of my self as an instigator rather than a victim. I can choose to focus my energies on building people up, rather than tearing them down. But a lot of what I am and do is not actually subject to my control…
The Letter to the Hebrews — Chapter 1
1:1 Long ago on many occasions and in various ways God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets, 1:2 and in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son, the one chosen by him to be heir of everything, and through whom he made the universe. 1:3 His Son is the reflection of his glory, the representation of his essence, keeping everything going by his powerful commands. When he had caused our sins to be washed away, he sat down on the right hand side of the Majesty on high. 1:4 He became far greater than the angels, and the title he has been given is far greater than theirs. 1:5 To which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son. Today have I become your father?” and again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son?”
1:6 Again, when God brings his firstborn into the world he says, “All the angels of God must worship him.” 1:7 He says this about the angels: “He makes his angels winds, and his servants a flame of fire.”
1:8 But he says this about the Son: “Your throne, O God, lasts forever and ever and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your Kingdom. 1:9 You have loved righteousness, and hated evil, so God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than anyone else.” 1:10 And, “You, Lord, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth. The heavens are the work of your hands. 1:11 They will perish, but you will remain. They will wear out like old clothes. 1:12 You will fold them up like a coat, and they will be changed, but you are the same. Your years will never end.”
1:13 To which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit on my right hand side, until I make your enemies into a footstool for your feet?” 1:14 Are they not all serving spirits, sent out to do God’s work for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
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