Hebrews 1:4 “Being made (cause to be) so much better (stronger, noble) than the angels, as he hath by inheritance (possession) obtained a more excellent (surpassing) name (authority, character) than they.”
We should be able to ascertain from this verse; the depth of the creation, and the purpose of Yeshua. Read it with the definitions.
- The cause of Yeshua was to possess a stronger, more noble and surpassing character than the angels.
Now we will have need to decipher how exactly that will happen. Recalling Isaiah 46:10, YHVH knew the end from the beginning… His creation of Yeshua [the means of salvation] existed eternal. So the “Order of Melchizedek” still holds true. One God with an eternal desire to save mankind, or the creation, from destroying itself. How could this possibly take place? Well, with Adam, Noah and the Prophets it came in a one on one verbal relationship. Next, with Moses and Israel it came in a one on one relationship through the written relationship. Then in the “proper time” a living, breathing relationship was established.
- Romans 8:3 “For what the law [written] was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, [human desires] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.”
Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels (messengers of YHWH) said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
Paul is distinguishing the difference between the purposes by which the being became, or were “caused to be”. Earlier we referred to Colossians 1:16-19 … look again at verse 17… “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” They say a picture is worth a thousand words… [on average an entire blog post] ….
Yeshua was preeminent within the existence of YHVH. In the same manner that all human children exist within the being we call our earthly father. Each healthy male has the capacity of “creating” a son, it is to what purpose, that a being is created. Was this child the fulfillment of a lust-filled evening? conceived for the progression of the family name? or simply the results of a harmonious relationship? Humans may have difficulty in identifying such a purpose, in contrast, YHVH was very intentional in creating His Son.
- Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
- James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us, with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.“
This is written in traditional Hebrew repetition to emphasize importance. We were created in His likeness and He in the likeness of the brethren; our spirit existed before our flesh. This is how YHVH declares He knew us before we we placed in the womb. [Jer. 1:5]
Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world (repeated and expanded for emphasis), he saith, And let all the angels (messengers) of God worship (to fall prostrate [face down] in adoration or homage) him.
What are we to do with this statement? The atheist says “this is contradictory to the front of the book.”
Which is usually met with a staunch response; “no it does not!” We have to ask ourselves with all seriousness; can the average/nominal Christian actually defend this position?
- Exodus 20:2-3 I [YHVH] am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
If we are taught a proper understanding of the Spirit of YHVH and the creation account we could then articulate a defense of the faith worthy of garnering attention. The Spirit of YHVH creates a capacity for relationship to mankind through the visage of Yeshua, then a place to have the relationship, and a plan to keep the relationship connected. Without this understanding we treat the relationship in ways that it was never intended. Lets unravel this proposed paradox.
- Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
- Revelation 1:13-8 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
- Isaiah 47:4 “As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.”
- Isaiah 54:5 “For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.”
- Yeshua literally means “YHVH is Salvation” in the Greek. G2424 Ἰησοῦς
- H3442 יֵשׁוַּע Yeshuwa` (yay-shoo’-ah) n/l. “YHVH will save.” In the Hebrew
It is the divine purpose of Yeshua to bring the created in right relationship with the Creator. The representation of blood and water solidify His role as Perfect Sacrifice and our Great High Priest. Yeshua created the Torah, taught the Torah, lived the Torah and…. and… HE OBEYED the Torah.
Yeshua IS the tangible expression of YHVH.
“Hear O Israel, your God is One.”