Photo: Gethsemane Garden (The Greatest trial for Christ, knowing that He would soon become sin and forsaken by the Father. He did it for me, and he did it for you. His sacrifice was accepted by the Father, three days later He arose. We worship an awesome God!)
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets. The beginning of this book is quite fantastic, “God.” The word makes a bold entrance into the ears of the listener, into the eyes and mind of the reader. A truth quite confounding and penetrating as we are forced to face the reality of “God.” When He is silent He escapes our notice. Is He ever silent, or is our mind too loud? When we are busy and distracted the truth of Him flees our thoughts. What a tragedy that He does not remain on our minds all of the time; He is to be on our mind; we are told to meditate on His truths day and night. Here we find Him in Hebrews 1 dominating the thought and introduction to the book. We are always on His mind!
Do you recognize that God’s revelation is an extravagant act of His love? He has been in constant communication with His creation, and we are altogether to busy to notice. God has spoken in a variety of ways; He has spoken at different times, but not always in the same way. He spoke to Adam, Cain, Moses, Abraham, Job, the list goes on and on. Sometimes He spoke a covenant; sometimes His voice commanded direction, and on other occasions He issued a grievous warning. He spoke in the cool of the day. He used a rainbow to communicate His promise. The use of a burning bush demonstrated His holiness, and the whirlwind demonstrated His power. A cloud by day and fire by night revealed His sovereignty. The prophet issued warning, blessing, or curse. The gourd was used as an object lesson. God used dreams to confound the mighty, and He used the interpretation of them to glorify Himself. Only God’s man had the unique ability to interpret the dreams. God is not quiet. We are too loud.
Tradition and pride led to the national rejection of God’s best revelation, Jesus Christ. The book of Hebrews goes on to elaborate the truth of God’s perfect revelation. Christ is the image of the invisible God. I am afraid that if we are not careful our traditions and pride may cause us to have the wrong perception of God. Do the men of ages past speak to us louder than Christ? Is man’s theology better and more perfect than that of Christ? Does our need to be right, righteous, and all knowing influence our interpretation? Is it possible that we approach Scriptures with bias, and cultural influence? Is it possible that we approach God, politics, terrorism, war, relationships, knowledge, and church from a cultural perspective rather than a biblical one. My worldview, your worldview, is it American? Is our view biblical? The two are not and cannot be synonymous, especially if you are living the life of a pilgrim. Look for Jesus in the Scriptures, they testify of Him. This world does not, do I, do you?