Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:1-2, ESV.
The Bible does not say who authored the book of Hebrews. I suspect it is a compilation of sermons by the Apostle Paul, but better scholars than me have made other suggestions. Perhaps God intended that we remain in the dark about who the author is so we would focus on the subject, not wondering why “Paul” would say these things but simply responding in wonder at Jesus.
This majestic book begins with a description of revelation—how God has shown Himself to man. We are told that “long ago” God spoke in one way but now “in these last days” speaks in another way. God, who revealed Himself “many times and in many ways” in the Old Testament, has now “spoken to us by His Son.”
When the author uses the word “prophet” here, he is not limiting himself to the prophetic books but includes all through whom God spoke in the Old Testament. As you read the Old Testament, you see God speak to and through these fathers of our faith in diverse ways. And He spoke through many of them. God used different people, in various places, in diverse circumstances, and over many years to convey His Word of truth to His people and to the world.
With the coming of Jesus, God speaks in a new way. His Son is a singular messenger. The message that grew with each voice in the Old Testament reaches its climax with Jesus. Long ago, God revealed Himself progressively through creation, then in the garden, then to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and the prophets. These were all precursors to the final message delivered in word and deed by His Son. With the Son, the message is complete. God uses the New Testament writers, not to add to the message, but to explain and apply it. There is nothing to add because the message of Jesus the Son cannot be eclipsed: He is the beginning and the end of everything. He is the one through whom God created the world. He is the Son who will inherit the creation in the end.
In our information-saturated day, this is important to keep in mind. As you take in the day’s coronavirus news, the press conferences, and the social media posts, consider this: None of these messages hold a candle to what God spoke through His Son.
The rest of the book of Hebrews glories in the message that God spoke through His Son and about His Son. I will be commenting on some of its passages. I encourage you to read the entire book and to take courage from its pages during these troubling times, for this message from God will not change with tomorrow’s news. It will never be proven false or unreliable. It will never be irrelevant. God has spoken His final Word. What other word is there that is better for your weary soul?
I pray that God’s final Word brings you hope and joy today.