Epistle to the Hebrews (1:8-9)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

But about the Son he says,“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”” Hebrews 1:8,9

Now the arguments are getting even stronger.

“But about the Son he says”:
As we saw in v7, when God talked about angels, He always referred to them as servants but to the Son it’s significantly different.

“Your throne”:
First, this Son has a throne. But a throne indicates superiority. But why? Should not there be only One supreme place in heaven?

“O God”:

That’s a great statement! So this Son has a throne(we’ll have a look soon) and He is called God, by God Himself. God the Father is talking to God the Son. This is getting complex but it does not matter if we cannot comprehend the nature of God with our limited mind and knowledge. We were simply not gifted intellectually by God to comprehend why it is like that. But one day we’ll see Him face to face. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2

“will last for ever and ever”
This indicates that He is existence. He is a no-beginning-no-end.

“a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom”

A scepter is staff held by a sovereign/ruling power as an emblem of authority. His ruling power is Justice and in Psalm 97, we read:

Clouds and thick darkness surround him;righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.

His Kingdom will always survive because the foundation of His Kingdom is not built with tangible materials (gold, silver). His Kingdom will continue to exist not because it is based on some cleverly thought core values or motto. But, righteousness and justice are its foundation. No trace of evil. He hates wickedness.

has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy
It’s quite a complicated verse.

This is how I understand it:

Jesus was put below the angels for a while (Hebrews 2:9, Philippians 2:7) when He took a mortal body on earth.

FROM PAUL, a bond servant of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) called to be an apostle, (a special messenger) set apart to [preach] the Gospel (good news) of and from God,Which He promised in advance [long ago] through His prophets in the sacred Scriptures–[The Gospel] regarding His Son, Who as to the flesh (His human nature) was descended from David,And [as to His divine nature] according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated the Son of God in power [in a striking, triumphant and miraculous manner] by His resurrection from the dead, even Jesus Christ our Lord (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” Romans 1 (AMP)

But after His resurrection, He was triumphantly declared the Son of God through the power of the Holy Spirit and He returned to His glorious place. The oil of joy was used after mourning, to anoint kings or priests.

The NLT puts it as such : “You have hated what is wrong. That is why God, Your God, has chosen You. He has poured over You the oil of joy more than over anyone else.”

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Posted October 30, 2011 by Cedric in Theology

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