BIBLE READING: HEBREWS 2
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
In chapter one, we were told that Jesus literally upholds all of creation with just His Word. We were also told that God speaks to us through Jesus by the Word. We were also given many other facts in the first chapter so that we could fully understand how important the truth of God’s Word is. So, chapter two starts with the word “therefore”. I was always taught that when you read the Bible, and you come across the word “therefore”, stop and see what it is there for.
“THEREFORE, WE OUGHT TO GIVE THE MORE EARNEST HEED”
Because God’s Word is so important, because God the Father and Jesus the Son speak to us through it, and because the Holy Spirit convicts and changes us through it, we need to pay extremely close attention to it. We need to listen to it, learn it, memorize it, study it, meditate on it, pay attention to it, and devote ourselves to it. Why?
“LEST AT ANY TIME WE SHOULD LET THEM SLIP”
This phrase tells me a couple of things. First, that you and I are prone to neglect the Word of God. We are prone to proceed in our everyday life without considering what God’s Word has to say about it. We tend to neglect its warnings, we tend to neglect its truth, and we tend to neglect its instruction. This word “slip” means to flow by, to pass unnoticed. How many opportunities do we have to hear God’s word and we allow it to pass by? It is easy for us to do. God says to pay close attention, because if we are not careful, we will allow the important Word of God to pass right on by.
Second, we can let things “slip” at “any time”. That means if we are not careful, in a split second, we can let our guard down and make a decision that can drastically damage our life. It can happen at “any time”. We are never safe. We can never relax. We must stay in God’s Word every day and keep it on our minds all day long. How careless it would be to have copies of the very Word of God all around us, and yet never really apply ourselves to it. How careless it would be to have copies of the Word of God all around us, and never read it. What have you let slip lately? Have you given the “more earnest heed” to the word of God today?
BIBLE READING: HEBREWS 1
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Before Jesus came, God spoke to His people through prophets. When Jesus came, God’s message was given through Jesus. That is because Jesus was God. God still speaks to us through Jesus. Jesus speaks to us through the Word of God, and the indwelling Holy Spirit of God reveals to us that truth. Today, just refresher on what the Bible explains to us about Jesus:
1. JESUS IS HEIR OF ALL THINGS
This means that Jesus owns everything. If Jesus owns everything, that means that you and I own nothing. That means that we have no resources, and Jesus has unlimited resources. This means that we have needs, and Jesus has the resources to meet those needs.
2. JESUS WAS INVOLVED IN CREATION
For some reason, we often do not picture Jesus involved in creation. But Jesus was as involved as His Father was. Jesus made the “worlds”.
3. JESUS IS THE BRIGHTNESS OF GOD’S GLORY
This means that as bright as the glory of God is, Jesus has that same glory. The glory of Jesus is just as bright and powerful, because Jesus and God the Father are one.
4. JESUS IS THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD
This means that there is nothing on earth that Jesus did, that God the Father would not have done, or done differently. This term “express image” is an engraving term. It means to have the exact same image. As an engraver would carve a statue to look like an individual, the Bible says that Jesus was beyond that. He was the exact image. It means He was the same.
5. JESUS UPHOLDS ALL OF CREATION WITH THE POWER OF HIS WORD
Jesus controls it all with just a word. Remember how Jesus would calm storms with one phrase. Jesus could heal a leper with just a few words. Jesus can meet your need with the same power.
6. JESUS PURGED OUR SINS
This means that Jesus completely eradicated our sin. In the eyes of God the Father, Jesus wiped away our sins so well that you cannot tell they were ever there. AMEN!