December 6, 2019

In Whom Do You Trust?

Hebrews 1

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The Supremacy of God's Son

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. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

  “You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

  “I will be to him a father,
    and he shall be to me a son”?

And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

  “Let all God's angels worship him.”

Of the angels he says,

  “He makes his angels winds,
    and his ministers a flame of fire.”

But of the Son he says,

  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
    the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
  therefore God, your God, has anointed you
    with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

10 And,

  “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11   they will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment,
12   like a robe you will roll them up,
    like a garment they will be changed.1
  But you are the same,
    and your years will have no end.”

13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,

  “Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

Footnotes

[1] 1:12 Some manuscripts omit like a garment

In Whom Do You Trust?



Key Verse | Hebrews 1:10-12

And,

"You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end."

Bio | Hannah Quinn

Wife to Daniel and mama to two,

My life Christ changed, He made me new.

He broke the chains of living the lie

That perfection is what He told me to try.

His cross was enough, of this He ensured;

By grace my heart, my marriage He cured.

He gave me more than I ever deserve,

And in His church, I now get to serve.

I love and encourage new moms in Square One,

And edit Join The Journey devos and have lots of fun.

With Frisco Membership I also help lead,

And that's who I am, that's all about me.

Central Truth

Only in Jesus is our trust assured; He is faithful to the end of the age. He is, as Hebrews 1 describes Him, the exact representation of God, superior to the angels, and God's own Son. With His eternal, unchanging nature, He sustains the universe; and thereby, He sustains me.

Devotional | Hebrews 1

My eyes fly open, the room is dark. My senses have switched into fight-or-flight mode. My heartbeat plays a cacophonous racket inside my ears, and my lungs feel constricted with every breath. I begin to...

My eyes fly open, the room is dark. My senses have switched into fight-or-flight mode. My heartbeat plays a cacophonous racket inside my ears, and my lungs feel constricted with every breath. I begin to pray. I take a deep breath and concentrate on slowing my racing thoughts, my pounding heart, my labored breath. Panic attack.

This has been a familiar experience particularly over the last few months—waking from a dead sleep to a mind (and body) that feels like it's running for its life. In tears, I confessed my struggle to my community group. To share my inner emotional battle was difficult. I wrongly thought that if it wasn't a physical struggle or debilitation, then it shouldn't inhibit me from being the wife and mom I needed to be. But I just wasn't, I didn't feel myself, and my joy in caring for my family was buried beneath a troubled mind. 

That night my community group prayed for, encouraged, and reminded me of what God's Word says. One of the girls asked what I considered the opposite of anxiety. "Trust," I replied. She counseled me to do a deep word study in the Bible—not on fear nor anxiety, which was my habitual approach, but on trust. It was a complete perspective shift.

My trust is in Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The One who provided purification of my sins sits at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:3). The One who is superior to angels, whose throne will last forever and ever, He is the One in whom I trust. No matter the circumstance nor the battle, He never changes; He is victorious. Even the heavens and the earth He will roll up and discard, but He remains the same; and His years will never end (Hebrews 1:11-12). He has created me, He will sustain me, He will rescue me (Isaiah 46:4). If He is my light and my salvation, why should I be afraid (Psalm 27:1)?

Self-reliance produces chaos, complete dependence upon Jesus begets peace. In whom do you trust today?

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Discussion Questions

1. What struggle are you in the midst of experiencing? What is an antonym for your struggle on which you can do an in-depth word study (e.g., trust for anxiety, peace for fear)? Use the power of Scripture and let God's truth permeate every aspect of your current challenges.

2. Are you failing to trust God in anything right now? How has He proven His faithfulness to you in the past? Reflect upon His good, unchanging nature.

3. What character trait of Jesus in Hebrews 1 resonates with you? What does it teach you about God, and how will you respond to it today?

4 Comments available

Lindsey Driscoll 1 day ago

Hannah, thank you for your honesty and encouragement to those also battling anxiety today. Q3- Christ is superior to the angels as stated in verse 4. It’s interesting to think about how the Jews saw angels, and even how angels are viewed and depicted today as honored, gentle beings. But, angels are not the son of God as verse 5 states. Christ is superior over all.

Sue Bohlin 1 day ago

Thank you, Hannah, especially for sharing your battle. It’s rough when our bodies lie about reality. (I gasp hard when shifting sleep gears 30 minutes after falling asleep from the dream that someone is standing RIGHT THERE next to my bed. Nowhere near as terrifying as a panic attack, I know. . .)

I loved Hebrews 1 as an Advent reading. Someone has said that the gospels contain Jesus’ commentary on the Father, and Hebrews is the Father’s commentary on the Son.

I especially savor v. 3, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” The depth and complexity of this truth is tantalizing because my puny little brain can only begin to scratch the surface of this amazing truth that I look forward to literally spending eternity studying.

Hugh Stephenson 1 day ago

GM Hannah. Thank you for a wonderful devo.

My own lifelong struggle with fear and anxiety was often debilitating. All the coping mechanisms, medications etc failed. Like you, I have found that a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus is my only answer. I love these verses https://www.soulshepherding.org/bible-verses-to-run-with-jesus/.

Years ago, a wonderful Methodist minister was counseling me. After many sessions she observed that my view of Jesus was that He was distant and uninvolved in the struggles of my life- just a shining figure in white hovering above me. She invited me to see Him as walking with me and deeply engaged with me as I fought and staggered through life.

That image has stayed with me. Eventually, several years later, I finally surrendered. The discipleship ministries taught me the truth about Jesus - that knowing Him gives me peace and joy as He promises, (John 15:10-11).

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

Reasons Jesus is greater than the angels taken coming from surprising places

Psalm 45. A love song by title and a wedding Psalm. A psalm of a Jewish king’s wedding applies it to Jesus. “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom."

Psalm 102 “A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD”. You cannot say such a prayer to a mere angel but you can to Jesus. “…You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed…”

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