547 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 46 - Hebrews 1:10 - 2:4

547: Hebrews 1:10 – 2:4 – Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 46

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 3 * BOOK 46

Hebrews 1:10 – 2:4

Now as we teach, hopefully we can just teach the Word to win the lost, and also to edify and build up believers, and all of this is to bring the glory to our Lord. Again I’ve been asked if we give permission for people to use our material. Absolutely! You don’t have to call and ask us that, just as long as it’s not used for profit.

Now let’s go back into Hebrews where we left off in the last lesson, where in the closing moments I made reference to this Psalms 110:1 that is quoted so often by various authors of Scripture, so it must bear some tremendous importance. And hopefully during this lesson, we’re going to dig out at least part of that. So let’s come in at Hebrews chapter 1, and verse 13 again.

Hebrews 1:13

“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until (now that’s the key word) I make thine enemies thy footstool?”

Now let’s go back and chase that verse down, and it begins of course with David writing it in Psalms 110:1. This is a verse that I wish everyone would commit to memory if you haven’t before, and know where it is.

Psalms 110:1

“The LORD said unto my Lord, (now I think that in just about every translation that the first LORD mention here is all capitols. The second is merely the L is capitalized, and the o-r-dis in the small case. So what you really have here is God the Father, says to God the Son) Sit thou at my right hand, (He’s not going there for all eternity, but rather just for a period of time) until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”

I think the enemies here include all the satanic host, as well as all of Christ’s rejecting humanity – they are going to be finally under His foot. He’s going to have complete domination. Now let’s move from here up to Matthew chapter 22, and drop down to verse 44. This is Christ in His earthly ministry, He uses this verse in Psalms Himself. But to pick up the flow of these verses let’s begin at verse 41.

Matthew 22:41-46

“While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42. Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. 43. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit (that is by inspiration of the Holy Spirit) call him Lord, saying, 44. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45. If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?” (now look at the next verse) 46. And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.”

They were absolutely stumped! Well what should they have known? That He was the Son of God. But by virtue of the promises made to David that He would come through the lineage of David, yes, the Scripture does speak of Him as the Son of David. But you see, that’s not what Psalms 110:1 was speaking of. That Psalms was speaking of the very Godhead, and David had nothing to do with bringing that about except through the flesh. Now let’s look at the next one which is in Mark chapter 12 and verse 35 to again to pick up the flow.

Mark 12:35a

“And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple,…”

I know I shake people up, and I don’t do it purposely, but you see everybody is so locked into tradition. All they can think of is what they’ve heard over the years and generations and what they’ve been taught and had passed down to them. Then this simple layman comes along, and says, “Now wait a moment, everything that Jesus said, He said to the Jews under the Law.” That’s when people get all shook up. They will say, “Well He went to the Gentiles.” No He didn’t, as there is not any record except for two individuals, the Canaanite woman, and the Roman centurion. Other than that there is nothing in our New Testament where Jesus ever dealt with Gentiles. He couldn’t because of His covenants. The covenants were made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And as those covenants were to come to the full, then yes, He would become the object of faith to the whole world, but not until. So here again, where is Jesus dealing with these Pharisees? In the Temple. How much access did the Gentiles have to the Temple? Almost none. Now reading the verse again.

Mark 12:35-36a

“And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 36. For David himself said by the Holy Ghost….”

Do you see how plain all of this fits together? When Paul writes back there in Timothy I think it is, “that all Scriptures is inspired of God, and is profitable.” Well that word ‘inspired’ is probably better translated, “God breathed.” What person of the Godhead breathed the Scripture? The Holy Spirit, and then the Lord Himself gives credit, that even David wrote as the Holy Spirit prompted him to write. So all of these things must be taken into consideration. Now reading on.

Mark 12:36

“For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 37. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.”

But who had trouble with these sayings? The Pharisees. My, they couldn’t swallow any of this, but the common people not in authority just soaked it up. Then in verse 38, Jesus just sort of puts the frosting on the cake doesn’t He?

Mark 12:38-39

“And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, (in other words the intellectual elite, the Pharisees and Sadducees) which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces. 39. And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:”

But the point was made, “Who was the Lord that was invited to sit at the LORD’s right hand?” The Son! Now remember the vast majority of Israel could never accept the fact that anything good came out of Nazareth. Remember that was their saying. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” And you remember that was the whole thrust of Matthew chapter 16, when Jesus confronted the Twelve just shortly before the crucifixion, “Whom do men say that I am?” These men had three years to witness His ministry, to witness His sinlessness. To witness His miracles and power over even the raging Sea of Galilee when He stood, and said, “Peace be still!” And what did the disciples say? What manner of man is this that even the winds obey His voice.”

Well you see this is the whole concept even in this little situation that they were to understand Who Jesus really was. He wasn’t just the carpenter’s son, but rather He was the Creator!He was the One Who that one day would satisfy all the demands of a Holy and Righteous God by taking upon Himself the sins of the whole world. He was the One Who would be raised from the dead in power and glory, and then ascend to the Father right hand, but would not sit there forever, but only, “until.” Now the next Scripture we’ll look at will be in Luke chapter 20, and let’s just drop in at verse 39.

Luke 20:39-46a

“Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said. 40. And after that they durst not ask him any question at all. 41. And he said unto them. How say they that Christ is David’s son? 42. And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, the LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 43. Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 44. David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son? 45. Then in the audience of all the people (of Israel) he said unto his disciples, 46. Beware of the scribes,…” (and religious leaders)

Now let’s go on over to one more, and that would be the day of Pentecost, and Peter is preaching to the Nation of Israel in Acts chapter 2. Let’s pick this up in verse 25. Because here again you see, Peter is trying to convince this great Jewish crowd gathered for the feast of Pentecost, that the One they crucified was the Christ. He was the Creator of everything. Now verse 25.

Acts 2:25-29

“For David speaketh concerning him, (Christ from the Old Testament Psalms) I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: (now that’s what David said. Now in verse 27, David is making a direct reference to Christ’s burial and resurrection) 27. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. (Now Peter comes back and says) Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.”

Now those of you who have been with us when we go to Jerusalem, one of the places we stop at is David’s tomb. And indeed so far as we know that tomb is still there on Mount Zion. And so Peter is using that as an example, that David is dead and he hasn’t been resurrected yet. Now verse 30.

Acts 2:30a

“Therefore being a prophet,…”

Most people don’t think of David and the Psalms being prophecy. Oh, it’s full of prophecy. My, Psalms chapter 22 is a graphic description of the crucifixion, and we’ve already seen Psalms chapter 2 in days gone by as being an outline of the whole Old Testament program. Now verse 30 again.

Acts 2:30

“Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, (yes, Jesus of Nazareth came through the linage of David) according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;”

Now wait a minute. In those three years of Christ’s earthly ministry, did Jesus ever sit on David’s throne? Why of course not. So what’s the prophecy? He will one day! The day is coming and that’s the “until” of His sitting at the Father’s right hand. Now let’s move on into verse 31.

Acts 2:31-32a

He (David) seeing this before (through the eyes of prophecy) spake of the resurrection of Christ that his (Christ’s) soul was not left in hell, (that’s the English word that speaks of the place of the departed) neither his flesh did see corruption. 32. This Jesus…”

Now remember the setting? This is the feast of Pentecost, and Jews are in Jerusalem from all over the Roman Empire. The crucifixion has only been 50 days back and every Jew is probably talking about that last Passover and what had taken place. And here Peter is trying to convince them that this Jesus, the One that they crucified, was the Christ.

Acts 2:32-35

“This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. (in other words the coming of the Holy Spirit) 34. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand. 35. Until I make thy foes thy footstool.”

Now let’s just stop and analyze this as you head on back to Hebrews, chapter 1. What is all of this emphasizing? Well, first and foremost, it emphases the fact that Christ has finished the work of redemption in that everything that needS to be done to purchase man’s Salvation was finished. And as our High Priest, His priestly work accomplished, as I pointed out in a past lesson, there were no places to sit in the tabernacle or the Temple. The priest came in day after day, and they never sat down, their work was endless. And their work carried on until the day they died, and another priest would come in and take his place. It was an endless, priestly work, but this man, when He finished the work of redemption and presented everything to the Father in heaven, now He could sit down, because it was done.

Now that’s the whole picture, but He’s not going to stay seated there at the Father’s right hand, because there’s still another segment of all the prophetic program left, and that is the 1000 year Kingdom Age. And oh, when you speak of the Kingdom Age, that also riles people up. They just can’t accept the fact that there is an earthly kingdom out there in the future. You see the liberals and moderates idea is the only kingdom is already in us. It’s just an invisible kingdom and all that nonsense, and it bugs me to hear people speak of that glorious kingdom that’s coming in that light. But listen, there is a literal kingdom coming on the scene over which this Christ, this Son, is going to rule and reign from David’s throne in Jerusalem.

So we have to understand that the Son is at the Father’s right hand, having finished the work of redemption, but only for a period of time will He sit there. Now it’s already been 1900 + years, so we think we’re getting close to when He will be ready to arise from that seated position and return and invade human history once again. But when He returns and enters into human history, He’s going to have all of His enemies subjected, as I said in the last program, with His feet on their neck. So all of his enemies are going to find themselves suddenly not in a place of blessing, but rather in a place of eternal doom.

Now let’s be careful. Who are His enemies? Well, it’s easiest enough for us to say guys like Hitler, and all of the very bad rulers in history, oh, we can readily recognize them as the enemies of Christ, but you see the enemies that we sometimes forget are those unsaved church members. We’re talking about good people, dressed in their finery, and even the attitude of so many church people.

I remember I had been invited to teach in a large church many years ago in their training hour before evening services, and we had a lot of our own class people that were members of that church so they asked us to come and attend the Sunday morning service as well. So Iris and I got to the service and found a place to sit down, and we barely noticed it (but other people told us about what had happened), but this nicely dressed couple came in saw that we were sitting in their pew and instead of just courteously asking us to move, they just in a huff turned around and went out and went home. Now what does that tell you? Were they there to worship? Were they there to praise the Lord? Were they there as a testimony? No, they were just there to fill the pew. Now like I said, I’m not judging their hearts, so don’t get me wrong, but this is too often the case.

Too many times people go to church because it’s expected of them. They go because after all, at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning that’s where Christians belong. There’s no love for the Lord, there’s no love for this Book, and the reason?, “They’re Lost!” I guess one of the other television preachers, Dr. Stanley, follows me in one of the television areas that we’re on, and it was funny that I had made mention of this subject in my program, and he followed me right up and said almost the same thing, “That our churches are full of unsaved church members.” Well, if they’re unsaved church members, what are they? They’re are enemies of our Lord. So get it straight, lost people are the enemies of God whether they realize it or not. I’ve got one verse that I can use to Scripturally back that up. I can’t just say it from my own opinion, but come back with me for a moment to Romans chapter 8.

It’s awfully easy for us to see the rank, wicked people as the enemies of God, as we’re experiencing it even in our American politics – those that detest our Christian principles. So there’s doubt that they’re enemies of God, but we so often forget that the rank and file unbeliever is also. And they’re all going to be in that group that will end up under His feet. And then He will be able to restore the righteousness, the planet will come back as the Garden of Eden, and He will rule and reign. So let’s read from Romans 6, and drop in at verse 5.

Romans 8:5-7a

“For they that are after the flesh (lost people who may be as good as gold, but they’re lost) do mind the things of the flesh; (they have no hunger for Spiritual things) but they that are after the Spirit (they mind) the things of the Spirit. (now here it comes) 6. For to be carnally (fleshly) minded (the lost person) is death; (spiritual death) but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, 7. Because the carnal mind (the unsaved person) is enmity against God;…”

So they’re the enemies of God. Oh, they may not be active enemies, they may instead be passive, but the Scripture still puts them in that category as enemies of God. So they’re the ones that are going to end up under His feet like a footstool. So that lost person:

Romans 8:7b

“…is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Why?)

Well, just like we were in the cold war, were we Americans subjected to the Russian government? Why heavens no. Why? Because at that time they were our declared enemies, they have no control over us, and so it is with God.

546 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 46 - The Son's Glorious Creation - Part 2

546: The Son’s Glorious Creation – Part 2 – Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 46

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 46

The Son’s Glorious Creation – Part 2

Hebrews 1:11 – 2:3

Now as we continue our study in the book of Hebrews, you’ll remember I’ve been stressing that Hebrews is written by the Apostle Paul, but he didn’t put his name to it because he knew the Jews had a bad taste in their mouth with what he had done with their religious system. He had turned his back on their system and was now contrary to what they thought of in the keeping of the Law.

But we feel that he is the writer, and the evidence is quite insurmountable that he is the writer. And he’s addressing this Book to Jewish people who are having a hard time overcoming the pull of Judaism, and were having a hard time stepping out of the Law and the ramifications of it, and simply trusting that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the King of glory, and to believe that He’s the Son, and the One Who satisfied all the demands of a Holy God by simply putting their trust in Him.

So, in this first chapter of Hebrews we’re seeing Christ elevated to a place high above the angels. He’s the Creator of everything and the sustainer, even as Paul writes in the book of Colossians. Now we’ve been seeing in the last couple of verses how indeed He was the One Who created everything and then in the last part of the last program we saw that all of this glorious creation is hearing the death knell. His glorious creation is all going to pass off the scene and be replaced by a new heaven and a new earth.

Remember at the close of the last lesson, we left off with scientific laws of thermodynamics. And we saw that the second law of thermodynamics kicked in the moment that Adam sinned, because with sin came death. So the whole creation is under the death knell. Everything is moving closer and closer to oblivion. Now the average individual on the planet probably never thinks about that. But everything on the planet is going into a less useable state. Even our fossil fuels, as they pump those billions and billions of barrels of oil out of the Middle East, it’s not being replaced, it’s not a replaceable energy source, but rather it’s going to one day run out.

And it’s the same way with everything in creation, as it is constantly moving into a less useable state. And even we in this body of flesh, as I said in the last program, from the day we’re born, death begins. It doesn’t matter whether we live to be 10 or 70 or 100, that’s beside the point; death is our final end, short of the Rapture of the Church. So the whole creation is under that same set of circumstances. It is moving closer and closer to the time when it will finally be exchanged for something totally new. Now let’s back that up with some Scripture.

Hebrews 1:11

“They shall perish; (all the things God has created) but thou (the Creator) remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;” My, what a beautiful illustration. Now a garment doesn’t wear out overnight. That’s something that is accomplished over a process of time, and so is creation. As the eons of time are going by, everything is in entropy, it’s all going into a less useable state, until finally God will undo the whole thing. Now verse 12, and using that same word: garment, or a vesture or piece of clothing:

Hebrews 1:12

“And as a vesture shalt thou (the Creator) fold them up, and they shall be changed: (I think a clearer word there would be exchanged. The heaven and earth are not going to be changed from this to that, but they’re going to be totally destroyed, and we’re going to have everything new.) but thou (Creator) art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” Now let’s go back once again to the Old Testament to Isaiah chapter 51, then we’re going to look at Psalms again.

Isaiah 51:6

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, (same language) and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.”

Now let’s come back to Psalms 102 for a moment, because I know a lot of times we read these Psalms and yet we don’t read them, and here’s another few verses that I would say most people, if they’ve read it, have missed one of the major points.

Psalms 102:21-23

“To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem: 22. When the people are gathered together and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. 23. He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days”

What do you think He’s talking about? How old was Christ when His life was ended? 33 years old, and right in the prime of life as we normally think, so that’s the reference here. Now He cries out to the Father:

Psalms 102:24

“…I said, O my God, (see that’s why Christ in the flesh and refers to the Father as His God. It’s just from that position where He is, as the Man-God) take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.” In verse 25, God the Son is still addressing the Father from His position on earth and says:

Psalms 102:25

“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.” And now here in verse 26 we come back to the same language that we’ve been seeing in the book of Hebrews and the Psalms, and various other portions of Scripture. Remember the Psalmist is speaking of the work of creation and says:

Psalms 102:26-27

“They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: ye, all of them wax old like a garment; (isn’t it amazing how the Scripture just repeats itself? And you know what I’ve always said, what’s the purpose of repetition? Emphasis! God wants us to understand that this old world isn’t going to last forever. But you see most people today think there’s no end to it, and it will just keep going and going and going. But there’s a day coming when God’s going to wrap it up, like an old worn out garment) as a vesture shalt thou change them, (or exchange them) and they shall be changed: (but God never changes, God the Son never changes,) 27. But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”

Well that’s the Psalmists way of putting it. Now let’s come back and look at some of the New Testament analogies in II Peter to see when this old planet is going to meet its end. Here we have this little epistle of II Peter with this same thought, that there’s coming a day, for not just the earth, but I feel the whole universe will be totally done away with, because everything has to be made new. Now why? Because there isn’t a corner of this universe that hasn’t been defiled by that old devil, Satan. He’s defiled it all, he’s been in the presence of God in heaven, you know that. He’s been, I think, to the ends of the universe, and it’s all defiled, so consequently, it all has to be destroyed. Now verse 10.

II Peter 3:10

“But the day of the Lord (which goes right on past the Tribulation, and through the 1000 year Kingdom until we come into eternity. And remember 1000 years with God is just a day, so don’t think in terms as we look at it, but rather in God’s thinking. In His thinking it’s all in one successive time. So the day of the Lord) will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” Everything is suddenly going to return to the nothingness from which it came. Verse 11.

II Peter 3:11a

“Seeing then that all these thins shall be dissolved,…”

Now you know what dissolved things look like. I mean the heat just melts it down, and if you keep the heat on it long enough, it’s going to be nothing. Now reading on. It’s going to be dissolved, so consequently:

II Peter 3:11b-12

“…what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation (or manner of lifestyle) and godliness. 12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, (when eternity will be ushered in) wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, (see there’s twice we’ve had the word dissolved in two verses.) and the elements (that make up matter) shall melt with fervent heat?” Now verse 13, and see it’s not a hopeless case.

II Peter 3:13

“Nevertheless we, (as believers) according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

Now to complete this thought, let’s go all the way up to Revelation, and this just puts the capstone on it, and it’s almost the same identical language. Let’s go to chapter 20 first of all, and drop in at verse 11. Keep in mind this whole concept that everything in the universe was created by a loving and merciful God to provide everything that was needed by all life forms, whether it’s human, animal, birds, or whatever. He provided for all of us. Now verse 11, as we’re ready to usher in eternity:

Revelation 20:11

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, (which of course will be the Son) from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”

They’re gone! They’ve disappeared. No hope? Yeah there’s hope, now look at Revelation 21, and verse 1. It’s almost the same identical language with what Peter said, but now John is writing.

Revelation 21:1a

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:…” This new heaven and new earth, I think will be undefiled and perfect. Oh, I think it’s going to be beyond human comprehension.

Revelation 21:1b

“…for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;…”

And with it went all the defilement, all the residue of the wickedness of all the ages, completely gone, and with this new heaven and earth, there is nothing but purity, beauty, righteousness. God’s holiness is evident everywhere.

Revelation 21:1c-2

“…and there was no more sea. (and then on this new planet, John saw) 2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Now that verse doesn’t call the new Jerusalem the bride, but as a bride. I had someone call me the other day and wanted to know if the new Jerusalem was the Bride of Christ. It doesn’t say that. It merely says that this new city is going to come down with all the beauty of a bride. I’ve made this statement before, Iris and I have been to our share of weddings, and you know we have never seen an ugly bride. Am I right? They’re always beautiful, and that’s why the Scripture uses that analogy. So this city is going to come down with the beauty and majesty and purity of that little bride dressed in white. That’s why we’ve got to be careful with language so we don’t jump to the conclusion that the new Jerusalem is the Bride of Christ, because it doesn’t say that.

And when you go on further into this chapter, this new city four square is going to be, if we can understand Scripture dimensions, 1500 miles long, 1500 miles wide, and 1500 miles high. You and I can’t imagine the square footage in something like that. Now that’s a city that would reach, on this present day planet, from New York City to Denver, and from Denver, to Mexico City, and from Mexico City out into South Atlantic, and then back to New York, and then it would be just as high.

Well I read the other day, and this is mind boggling, that if you gave every individual 3 square feet, you could put all the population of our United States of America, which at this time is about 275 million in the city limits of Jacksonville Florida. Now that will throw you a curve won’t it? Now that just goes to show you how many people can be put into that kind of area. And then take a city that is 1500 miles cubed? So if you think heaven is going to be crowded, you can forget that. Just forget that. And that’s just the city, that doesn’t take in the rest of the universe, that I think we’ll have access to. Oh listen, eternity is something to get excited about.

I think people get the idea that we’ll just float around and strum a harp when we get to heaven. But that’s not what it’s going to be at all. Heaven is going to be a place of intense activity. We’ll also have music that will just blow us away. We’ll have joy and happiness like you and I can’t comprehend.

As Iris and I travel, we have to wonder, especially as we travel in big cities with 6 or 7 lanes of traffic bumper to bumper, and people hurrying to and fro, just how many of them ever think about eternity? And I think the answer is “very few.” They never stop to think of this eternity that’s waiting for us who believe. So it’s sad that here our Creator God is in such control of everything, and He’s setting everything up for glory, and the vast majority of mankind could care less. They’ll live their 70 years or so years on this old planet, and try to live it up the best they can, and then that’s it. Is it any wonder we feel sorry for them, and I do feel sorry for them, because they just don’t know what they’re missing now, and what they’ll miss for all eternity. Now let’s come back to Hebrews again, to chapter 1 and verse 12.

Hebrews 1:12a

“And as a vesture (His creation) shall fold them up, and they shall be changed:…” (or exchanged for new heavens and a new earth)

I think I used this illustration years ago on one of the programs. I had read an article in a scientific journal. It was written by a multi-degreed physicist and he was writing an article on the origin of the universe (which scientists are all hung up on). And his final statement in the article was so shocking, that I just had to read it to my little wife. Do you know what he said? He said, “I have come to the conclusion that all of the universe came from one single source of light.” Well so far so good, but it was his next statement that just blew me away. And so he said, “I can foresee the day when this whole universe will come right back into that original source of light.” And isn’t that just exactly what the Scriptures teach?

God created it all out of nothing, and He’s going to bring it all back from whence it came and recreate it again. And I doubt the gentlemen had any idea how close to the truth that he really came. Even though God has let the universe run, for however long it’s been here, whether it’s billions or thousands, that’s irreverent, but the day is coming, when it’s all going to disappear – but God remains. God is still going to be in control of everything. In fact, let’s take a look at the last chapter of Hebrews for a moment, and I’d like to start with verse 5, but the verse I really want is verse 8.

Hebrews 13:5a

“Let your conversation (or your manner of living) be without covetousness;…”

Now do you remember what Paul said about covetousness? Well back there in Romans chapter 7, it basically says, “covetousness is what triggers all other sins.” Now you think about that for a week or two. So that being the case, here’s the admonition.

Hebrews 13:5-8

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, (Here’s the promise) I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6. So that we may boldly say, (God the Son) The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8. Jesus Christ (the Creator, the One Who is higher than the angels, the One Who will one day destroy everything, yes, Jesus Christ is) the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

He’ll never change! Do you see why our faith is on bedrock? He will never, ever change. Now for the short time we have left, let’s come on back to Hebrews chapter 1. Oh my goodness, I don’t know why I always end up with a subject that’s going to take an hour, and I only have three minutes left. But I’m not going to fudge, and try to fill the three minutes with empty words, so we’ll just go on into the next verse. Remember when I try to plan for four programs, I find it is utterly impossible for me to know where I’m going to end a particular half hour lesson. I’ve tried over the years, and it’s just impossible. So all we can do is just take it as the Spirit leads and if we don’t finish it this half hour then we’ll complete it in the next. So let’s go on into verse 13.

Now remember we’re showing throughout all these verses how that God the Son is above the angelic host. His power is more than the concentration of the millions upon millions of angels, He is far above them.

Hebrews 1:13

“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”

Now I’m going to give you some homework. You just take a good concordance and see how many times the Holy Spirit prompts the writers of Scripture to go back to this verse and you will be amazed. I think probably this verse is quoted more often throughout the Bible as a whole than any other Scripture. I know I was just amazed as I was preparing for this, how many writers refer to this verse. Now I want you to contemplate as we get ready for the next half hour, what is the picture of the world being His footstool? Well, have you ever heard the expression, “He’s got His foot on their neck?” Think about it.

545 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 2 Part 1 Book 46 - The Son's Glorious Creation

545: The Son’s Glorious Creation – Lesson 2 Part 1 Book 46

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 1 * BOOK 46

The Son’s Glorious Creation

Hebrews 1:11 – 2:3

It might be a little bit rainy outside today, but you could never tell it in here. I mean, you all look like the very blossom of springtime, and we just thank you for putting forth the effort to be a part of this program. We always try to just teach the Word as we feel the Lord has opened it to us. Also, we feel that the Lord has put His stamp of approval on this ministry, by the countless numbers of letters and phone calls, and I guess the ones that thrill us the most are the ones that have found Salvation, and have come out of a life of darkness. And almost as exciting are the believers who, for the first time in their life, have dusted off that old Bible, and are studying it.

Now let’s go right back to where we left off in the last program, which was in Hebrews chapter 1, and we were down to verse 10. But I’m going to be periodically reminding our audience for the sake of those who may be just coming in, that the book of Hebrews, I feel is much more than a letter, but it was no doubt written by the Apostle Paul. He leaves his name off of it, and that’s understandable because the Jews of his day just detested him, because they thought he had become a renegade to their race and religion, so I’m sure that’s the reason he left his name off it. But I think the evidence is interior, as well as exterior that the Apostle Paul is the author of this book of Hebrews.

And as usual we always like to remind our class and our audience that you always want to first and foremost “determine to whom a portion of Scripture is addressed in its original setting.” Now that does not mean that if it isn’t addressed to us that we ignore it. I’m always coming back to the portion of Scripture that says, “All Scripture is inspired of God.” That means every word from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It’s all the Word of God, and Paul says, “It’s profitable for reproof, and instruction in righteousness.” But on the other hand we have to realize that some of the Scripture is not directed to us Gentiles, as such it was directed primarily to the Nation of Israel, so we always have to take those things into consideration.

For example when you start reading back there in the Old Testament some of the things pertaining to the sacrifices, and what those people had to do, well that doesn’t apply to us directly. We merely read those things as Paul says in Romans chapter 15, for our learning. In fact let’s look at that portion of Scripture. I think any time we study Old Testament and even the Four Gospels, and other portions of Scripture that were not written by the Apostle Paul, it’s for our learning and not our doctrine. And so this is appropriate even for this book of Hebrews, because it, like the Old Testament, was addressed to the Hebrew people, and not specifically the Body of Christ. But it’s still profitable, because it’s the Word of God, and because it’s the Word of God, there’s lots of good things in it for our learning. So, I always like to use this verse to get the Apostle Paul’s admonition for us to study the parts of Scripture that he didn’t write. And look what he says:

Romans 15:4a

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime (before he came along) were written for our learning,…”

Notice it says for learning not our doctrine! Like I said when we introduced Hebrews in our last taping, you won’t find a Roman road to Salvation in the book of Hebrews, and you won’t find a lot of the instructions for the Gentile Body of Christ in Hebrews, but it’s loaded with things that enhance our learning. So now finishing this verse.

Romans 15:4

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we (as Grace Age believers, we as predominately a Gentile called-out people), through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Now, when I read this verse, the first Old Testament personality that comes to my mind is Joseph. That young man was hated by his brethren, sold into slavery, taken into a foreign country, and sold again as a slave, and even though he had come out pretty good (working for his Egyptian master), and you know the account of how his masters wife turned on Joseph, and accused him falsely, consequently, Joseph ends up in the dungeon. As near as I can figure it out he was down in that dungeon for 8 or 10 years. Now a lot of people would have given up hope, and would have said, “Well, God has forgotten all about me,” but Joseph didn’t do that.

And all of a sudden Joseph comes out of that dungeon and becomes the second man in Egypt, and why? Because, as he told his brethren when they finally came together in Egypt, “You didn’t do it, but rather God did.” So that’s where we can take comfort from the Scripture, that even when bad things happen, we know that God is in control. And sooner or later we’re going to be able to look back on those bad things and see that God was in it as His purposes were being fulfilled. And I think that’s exactly what this verse means. We go back to the Old Testament writers, and we can pick up all of these things that were written, not for our doctrine, as you won’t find the plan of Salvation per se, but oh, we can see how God works in the lives of His people. So always keep that in mind even as study this book of Hebrews. The whole book of Hebrews is written primarily to Jewish people, to prove to them that this Jesus of Nazareth, whom most of them rejected in unbelief saying, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” And yet this book of Hebrews is proving that Christ, the Son of God, was better than anything that had come before. And as I’ve told you before, always look for that word “better” throughout the Book.

We saw that word “better” as we started in our study of Hebrews last week in verse 4, and we might look at that again. This is speaking of the One who purged our sins, and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Hebrews 1:4

“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

So we’ll be looking for that word as we teach the book of Hebrews, how that the apostle is proving to these Jews, Who Jesus is. Even today we hear it constantly, when people have been ingrained in a cult, and you know the cults have a way of just simply brain washing people. And here people have been in a cult for maybe 40, 50, 60, or even 70 years, and then the Lord begins to show them the truth of this beautiful Gospel of Grace, and they begin to grasp it, but yet there is that constant nagging, that pull, with the thought, “What if I was right and this is wrong?” So most have that constant pull to go back into that which they had drummed into them for a lifetime.

Well you see these people to whom Paul was writing were in that same set of circumstances. They’ve been steeped in Judaism since way back in the days of Moses. They’ve been in Judaism and Law-keeping as a nation of people throughout their whole lifetime, and now, to suddenly have this brought before them; that they were to turn their back on all that, because they’re no longer under the Law, but that God the Son had now finished the work of redemption, and faith alone is all that’s needed. So you can see where a change to that would be tough. Just watch for that flavor throughout the book of Hebrews. These Jews are trying to be pulled back into that, which up front, they can see is now behind them.

So the whole purpose of this first chapter is to show the glory and majesty, and the Godheadship of this Jesus of Nazareth Who we now call the Son. I think, as I pointed out in our last taping, in the first two verses of this chapter that we have to make people realize that Christ is not the Son of God by virtue of God siring Him, and bringing about His birth at Bethlehem. See, that’s not what the term means at all, because the term is a place of preeminence. Father and Son and Holy Spirit are co-equal. So we’ll be emphasizing that the Son is preeminent. He is God, and has been from eternity past, and will be into all eternity future. So today let’s just pick up in verse 10 of Hebrews chapter 1 for just a little bit.

Hebrews 1:10

“And, Thou, Lord, (speaking to the Son) in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:”

Now those of you who were with us in our last taping, will remember that in my closing few minutes of the program, I took you back to Job chapter 38, and we rehearsed how that God put Job on the spot, and said, “Job where were you, when I laid the foundations of the world? Where were you when I confined the waters of the seas,” and time ran out and we had to close. But now I’m going to carry you a little further into the Old Testament account in Psalms chapter 104, and I find it amazing how many times the writer of Hebrews uses the Psalms to back up what he’s saying. Here we have another record of creation from David the Psalmist. Oh listen, I think every Christian ought to read this once a week and just be reminded of how great our God, our Christ, our Saviour, the Head of the Body, really is because He’s the One that did it. We’ll just look at a few of them, we won’t take it verse by verse. So let’s just start with verse 1. I mean this is just good reading.

I got a kick out of a letter we received some time ago, where they wrote, “We certainly enjoy your television program of Bible reading.” Well that didn’t bother me a bit, because I do spend most of the time reading. But also as we read we realize that people are seeing things that they never saw before, so I make no apology for that.

Psalms 104:1-4

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, O LORD my God, thou art very great: thou art clothed with honour and majesty. 2. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: 3. Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: 4. Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:” And we’ll be looking at that more a little later. Now speaking of the Creator God, the Son:

Psalms 104:5-6

“Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. 6. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.” And of course we go back to Genesis 1:2 for that:

Genesis 1:2b

“…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Now back to Psalms 104, and drop down to verse 7.

Psalms 104:7-8

“At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. 8. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.”

You know what I always like to tell people about the country? We’re so blasé about a lot of things, for example when you drive through the countryside, and you come to these mountains and rivers, do you ever just stop and think, “Now imagine, God created the surface of the planet in such a way that all the water finds its way sooner or later back to the sea, with rare exceptions. The exceptions would be probably, the Great Salt Lakes, and the Dead Sea, but for the most part the whole planet as the rain and snow falls, sooner or later it’s going to find its way back to the sea. Well, was that an accident that happens? Heavens no! That’s the way the Creator planned, and that’s what the Psalmist is saying in verse 8.

Psalms 104:8

“They (the waters) go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.” (back to the ocean). That’s just plain ole geography. Now let’s drop on down to verse 10.

Psalms 104:10-11a

“He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. 11. They give drink to every beast of the field:…”

Do you see how God provided for everything? Just think about it as you drive wherever you go, just stop and think, “The Creator planned it all for mankind’s good.” We’re not going to have time to look at it here, but the book of Isaiah says, “The world was created to be inhabited.” Well by whom? By all His created beings, not just men, but for all the animals, fish, birds and reptiles as well, at His command. Now let’s read on in verse 12.

Psalms 104:12-14

“By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. 13. He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. 14. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;”

Is that mundane? Yeah, but Who was behind it all? The Creator, The Son! So every time you drive by a pasture of cattle just think, “The grass they’re eating, the Creator planned it that way.” Now verse 15.

Psalm 104:15-17

“And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart. 16. The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; 17. Where birds make their nest: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.” And on and on you can read about the Son’s creation. Let’s look at a few more here in Psalms chapter 4. These are just too good.

Psalm 104:30a

“Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created:…”

Now what does that tell you? I’ve been stressing now for the past several programs, that God the Son was the Creator. He’s the One that spoke and things began to happen, but this verse tells us that it was the Spirit that carried it out. So yes, God the Father was in agreement with it, God the Son spoke it, and God the Spirit sent it forth. Now verse 31.

Psalms 104:31-32

“The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. 32. He looketh on the earth and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.”

So everything is under His control. Now let’s go all the way up to the New Testament and see how the Apostle Paul addresses the intellectual snobs in Athens. And that’s what they were. My, they thought they were so smart. They thought that old Paul was just a babbler. So turn to Acts chapter 17, where he addresses these Athenian intellectual philosophers. And let’s just drop in at verse 22. I want you to remember now what we just read back in the Psalms, and what God said to Job. All of this fits together.

Acts 17:22-23

“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions,(their worship of their pagan gods and goddesses) I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, (Just in case there’s one they didn’t know about) him declare I unto you.” Now here it comes in verse 24. This is Paul’s agreement with Psalms chapter 104.

Acts 17:24-25

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25. Neither is worshipped with men’s hands as though he needed any thing seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;”

What does that mean? Just exactly what it says. The food you eat even here in 2001 AD, Who provided it? The Creator! All the things you enjoy, and the clothes on our back, who provided it? The Creator! The roof over your head, who provided it? The Creator! See, this is what God wants us to understand, that He is the provider of everything, and not just to the believing world, but the whole world. And Paul is even telling these pagan Athenians that God had provided everything they needed, and they didn’t know. Well I guess that’s far enough in the book of Acts, so coming back now to the book of Hebrews.

So everything that has been made, everything up in the heavens and on the earth are the works of His hands. We don’t have much time left in this lesson, and I doubt I’ll be able to finish my next thought, but we’re going drop down into verse 11, and take just the first three words. That’s the way I like to study Scripture.

Hebrews 1:11a

“They shall perish;…”

Everything that God has created, everything that God has made for man’s use and privileges and for his comfort, one day it’s all going to disappear! “They shall perish;…” Now in the moment or two we have left, I want to take you back in your mind, especially those of you who studied with me years ago back in the book of Genesis, about the creation. Remember I went back and correlated the Biblical account of creation with the first two laws of science, do you remember what they were? They’re called the two laws of thermodynamics. The laws of heat and energy. Well the first law of thermodynamics says in plain English: “There is now nothing else being created.” Now that’s your first law of heat and energy. And that’s the law that functioned while Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. There were no deaths and everything was set for all eternity. They could have lived there forever if they had not sinned.

You know I just wrote someone the other day, that when God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden, that they could have lived there forever. There was no stipulation. But of course what Adam and Eve didn’t know, and God did, was that Adam would sin and end that glorious habitation in the Garden of Eden. But until Adam sinned the first law of thermodynamics was in full control. Everything that was needed to carry everything on and its purposes was completed, and nothing more was needed and it could go forever.

We’ll have to pick this thought up in the next program. But as soon as Adam sinned, what came in? Death! And now when you have death in the picture, the second law of thermodynamics kicks in, and that laws says, “That even though nothing more is being created, yet everything that has been created is constantly going into a less useable state.” And science calls that entropy. What does that mean? Everything is in the process of dying. You and I are in that process – at the moment we’re born, we start dying. And that applies to everything on the planet. The moment they’re born, the seeds of death are already working, and that’s not only for the animal world, but also for the non-animal world. In other words, just as soon as a tree falls in the forest, it begins to rot; it just simply goes back to the dust it came from. So just be thinking about that until we get to the next lesson.

544 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 Part 4 Book 46 - Hebrews 1:1-10 - Part 2

544: Hebrews 1:1-10 – Part 2 – Lesson 1 Part 4 Book 46

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 4 * BOOK 46

Hebrews 1:1-10 – Part 2

Now as we begin this study, we’re going to finish verse 3 before we go on, and we were in the very last part of the verse when we had to stop in the last lesson. But let’s read the complete verse.

Hebrews 1:3

“Who (speaking of the Son in verse 2) being the brightness of his glory, (something that is beyond our understanding.) and the express image of his person, (and as we saw in the Book of Colossians, He is the visible manifestation of the invisible God) and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, (had finished the work of the cross, His death, His shed blood, His burial, and His resurrection. and when He had finished the work of the cross, He) sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

Now I’m always reminding people not to carry your imagination too far. Don’t just picture Jesus Christ as sitting there on a little chair, and God the Father up here on a big fancy throne, because that’s not exactly what we’re supposed to realize. Remember, as the priest of Israel, back in the Old Testament economy, they never sat down. There were no chairs in the Tabernacle or the Temple. Their work went continually without ever sitting down, because it was an endless job to be constantly interceding for the sins of Israel. It was simply unending! But you see, when Christ finished the work of the cross, it meant that His priesthood had also ended, and so He could sit down, and that’s what you have to understand. It’s a symbolic thing more than anything else that His work of redemption and work of intercession was now finished.

That’s why I’m almost screaming that Salvation is by faith, and faith alone in that finished work of the cross. Listen, you can’t add to it, and you can’t take away from it. See that’s why Paul puts such an anathema on those who would adulterate the Gospel of Salvation, by adding something that we might consider harmless in some of the deeds of the Law. But Paul says, “If you’re going adulterate my Gospel, then you’re under the anathema of God.” And why not, because He had finished it completely. He suffered, He died, He shed His blood, and He arose from the dead. So how in the world can men dare to add to that for Salvation? So here’s the whole idea that He had finished it, He now presented Himself in heaven as our High Priest, and He could sit down, and He never again had to do the work of a priest. Now let’s see what Paul says about it back in Ephesians chapter 1, and verse 20. And again, I’m going to come up to verse 19 because of that word “power.” Every time you see that word “power,” you just stop and read it slowly and digest it.

Ephesians 1:19

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.”

The only criteria for Salvation under Paul’s Gospel is to believe it with all our hearts. That power is released when we believe. And it’s according to the working of his mighty power, as we showed in the last program and that power was exercised at His resurrection.

Ephesians 1:20

“Which (that is the mighty power) he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, (remember my closing remarks of Romans 1:4? What is it but that it was the power of God when he raised Christ from the dead? Here it is again.) and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”

It was finished! No more priestly work needs to be done. It’s all finished. And we are part and parcel of that power. Now his position at the Father’s right hand is exemplified in verse 21.

Ephesians 1:21

“Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, (and again I’ll go back to the power above) and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:”

And not only in this world, but even in all eternity to come. There will never be a name that will match the name of Christ, God’s Son. Now let’s come back to Hebrews once again. And so after finishing the work of redemption to which no man dare add a thing, he could sit down and proclaim that everything was done that needed to be done to bring about man’s Salvation. Now let’s go down to verse 4 and you remember when I introduced Hebrews I made the statement that throughout the book of Hebrews we’re going to be running into a constant comparison of that which was good, but now we’ve got something far better. And here we have the first instance. God the Son having the finished the work of redemption, having set down at the Father’s right hand:

Hebrews 1:4

“Being made so much better (underline that word “better” every time we come across it, and I think there will be 11 or 12 of them in the book of Hebrews.) than the angels, as he hath by inheritance (we covered that in the last program) obtained a more excellent name than they.” Even the two crowning angels of Michael and Gabriel can’t come close to the power and majesty of the Son, Jesus the Christ. Now verse 5 and here is the argument.

Hebrews 1:5a

“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?….”

We covered that in the last program, that the only begotten Son of God is a reference to His resurrection. Never to Bethlehem, because He was not a begotten, he was simply brought about by an act of God. It was not a procreation between a man and a woman, and God Himself overshadowed Mary and it was not an act of procreation. So that is not what begotten is talking about. The only begotten Son of God is His resurrection. Now verse 5.

Hebrews 1:5b

“….And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son.”

Now again, that does not imply that God the Father was here first and then came God the Son and then the Spirit. No way!! They have been equal in all eternity passed. They are equal in everything, even today. And everything that was accomplished by Christ on the cross was also attributable to the glory of the Father. Now verse 6.

Hebrews 1:6

“And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world (the Son) he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”

Now remember those verses in Philippians we looked at in our last program, when Christ left glory, was born of the virgin and became the Jesus of Nazareth in His earthly ministry, He never gave up His deity. Now He laid aside His glory, but He never stopped being God. And there is no room for argument. And so even though He did lower Himself below the angels in order to take on human flesh, yet in His power and in His majesty, He never stopped being God. Now that is the reason for His miracles. Why in the world when the Sea of Galilee was raging and billowing and the little ship was about to sink, and the disciples were all shook up and fearing for their lives, they went below and told the Lord, and what did He do? He merely stepped out and spoke and said, “Peace be still.” And just that quick everything was quiet. And what did the disciples say? “What manner of man is this that even the wind and waves obey his voice?” Well, they had a hard time, too, recognizing Who He really was.

And so this is what we have to be constantly reminded of, that as He proved through His miracle working powers in His earthly ministry, He showed that He never stopped being God. And even though the angels were powerful and they had glory, yet it was nothing compared to His. Now verse 7 and this might answer some questions concerning us today.

Hebrews 1:7

“And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”

The question comes periodically, do we believe in angels? Well, of course I believe in angels because the Bible teaches them. Now, we do not have their manifestation in miraculous ways as we did in the past. They don’t appear to us. In fact, I tell everybody when they talk about some of these things, what would we do today if you’re driving home on a dark night and all of a sudden there would be 8 or 10 angels standing on the road? Have you ever thought about that? How would you handle it? I think it would drive most of us almost to the loony bin, wouldn’t it? We’re not ready for something like that. Angels haven’t appeared in that form since almost the apostolic days and we’re not supposed to be looking for angels. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t believe that they are real.

I personally think that we probably have a guardian angel. I like to think that every one of us does. I can’t prove it from Scripture. This is probably as close as you can get that angels are God’s ministers of fire. And they watch over the believer. But that’s as far as I can go with it. Paul teaches nothing concerning angels except that we’re not to enter into it as a form of false worship. That’s back in Colossians. We might as well go back and look at it so you’ll know what I’m talking about. Come back with me to Colossians chapter 2 and verse 18. And this is about as close as Paul ever gets to teaching concerning angels. So we dare not go beyond what the Scriptures permits us to go.

We can certainly realize that they’re God’s ministers, they’re spirit beings, and we like to think that they watch over us, especially the ones who believe. But on the other hand we have to be careful that we don’t step into territory where we don’t belong. Now let’s look at Colossians chapter 2:18. Where Paul writes:

Colossians 2:18a

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels,…”

See there’s the warning! Don’t get enraptured with angels. Now the last few Christmases I think we have almost been deluged in our department stores with angels. Every place you look is angels, but I can’t agree with that, because we’re not to have that much doing with angels. So looking at that Scripture again:

Colossians 2:18

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

It’s a warning, so that’s as far as I go concerning angels. Now the truth of them in the Old Testament economy, of course there were many instances. My, angels are part and parcel of the Old Testament. We know Jacob certainly saw the angels. We know the three angels came to Abraham’s tent. We know the shepherds at the birth of Christ saw many angels. Peter had an angel release him from prison, and those are valid accounts, but when we get to the Church Age, Paul never teaches us anything concerning the activity of angels or demons.

Do you realize that the Apostle Paul gives us absolutely no room, or instructions for casting out demons. I mean not a word! When I get a question concerning demons, I always tell people, “Well lead that person to Christ, and that will take care of his demon problem!” And folks that’s as far as we can go, because we have no permission or commandment in this Age of Grace to practice exorcism. But we can bring that person to a knowledge of Salvation, and as the Holy Spirit comes into the life of that person at Salvation, the demonic things, if they’re there, will leave.

Now back to Hebrews chapter 1, and verse 8. Remember angels haven’t obtained to this level, as great as they are, and as numerous as they are, and as powerful as they are, yet they never come close to the power of the Son!

Hebrews 1:8a

“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O (what’s the next word?) God, is for ever and ever:…”

I’ll never understand how people can reject Christ the Son as God. Especially when they can look at verses like this and say, “That isn’t what it means,” or “I don’t believe that.” Well I have a hard time contemplating that. But to the Son, God Himself says: “

Hebrews 18b

“Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.”

And a scepter of course denoted kingship, or royalty. A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom, and He will be King over all. You know the verse in Revelation, so let’s go back and look at it. Oh, the day is coming when this will take place. But also keep in mind that I’m always stressing that we in the Church Age do not address Him as our King. Christ is the Head of the Body of which we as believers are joint heirs with Him. Now that doesn’t take away this which is in Revelation chapter 19 and verse 16. This is still future, and absolutely I believe it, but that doesn’t mean He’s the King over the Church tonight. But rather He’s the Head of the Body which we are a direct inheritance of. We’re joint-heirs with Christ, but look what Revelation says when He finally returns at His second coming.

Revelation 19:16

“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Now that’s the epitome of His title, and He’s going to exercise that power over His Kingdom! And that’s what the Psalmist is saying back here in Hebrews 1:8.

Hebrews 1:8

“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.”

This 1000 year Kingdom that Christ will one day establish on the earth, where Israel will be the crowning Nation of the nations. Now verse 9. This is all to elevate our understanding of the Son.

Hebrews 1:9a

“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;…” Now listen that’s the mind of God, even for us under Grace. Don’t ever think for a minute that God winks at iniquity, because God hates it! God hated it in the Old Testament economy. He hated it during His earthly ministry, but in Grace He is so willing to forgive, but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t hate sin.

Hebrews 1:9

“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God (again the Triune God) even thy God, (in which the Son is a part) hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Here again He has been exulted. And as God the Son, every knee will one day bow before Him. Now verse 10.

Hebrews 1:10

“And thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:”

When I read verses like this, I can’t help it, but I always have to run back to Job 38 and I just get such a thrill out of those two chapters because I hope I’m not doing Job an injustice, but I have to think that Job was full of pride. I mean, he was a good man, God had blessed him, he had wisdom, but I think he was proud, and I think this is why God was dealing with him. The reason I’ve come to this conclusion is the statements in Job 38. Now if I’m wrong I may someday have to admit to Job himself, but we know that Job had to be dealt with for some reason or other. Once he realized that he was nothing in God’s eyes then God could restore him seven fold. But I think you’ll see what I’m talking about here in Job 39. And let’s start with verse 1.

Job 38:1-2

“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, (now remember when we have the word “LORD” speaking in the Old Testament, it’s God the Son, but in His Old Testament role, as He spoke to the prophets. But here He’s speaking to Job.) and said, 2. Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?”

Now some would say, “Well, He’s referring to Job’s friends.” Well I don’t think so. I think He’s referring to Job, because he’s proud and he thought he knew a lot. But you see, God is sort of putting Job in his place. So God says:

Job 38:3

“Gird up now thy loins like a man; (in other words, let’s see Job if you can take it, because I’m going to show you how much wisdom you don’t have) for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.” See, God’s not talking to Job’s friends, but rather He’s talking to Job. Now read on.

Job 38:4a

“Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?…”

Isn’t that something? Could Job answer? He didn’t know the first thing about it did he? He didn’t know where the world came from and how it was hung in space.

Job 38:4b

“…declare if thou hast understanding.” Do you see where I’m getting the idea that the Lord is just pointing out Job’s pride, that he had nothing to be proud of?

Job 38:5a

“Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?…”

Maybe most people don’t read that like I do, but I read that like, “Alright Job if you’re so smart, tell me these things I’m asking” And we know Job couldn’t! And today God could do the same thing with the most brilliant scientists. God could confront them with things that even though we have such tremendous technology, God could put them on the spot and just make them sweat like a butcher, couldn’t He?” They wouldn’t know the first thing He was talking about, so that’s what He’s doing here with Job. Now verse 7

Job 38:7-8

“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (I can hear the Lord say, ‘Where were you Job? Can you explain it?) 8. Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?” Then come all the way over to verse 22.

Job 38:22a

“Hast thou entered into the treasures (or the secrets) of the snow?…”

What do you suppose God was talking about? That no two snow flakes are alike. “Did you know that Job?” So when you read about creation just go back and read Job chapters 38 and 39 and you’ll get a pretty good inkling of the amount of knowledge that most people do not have concerning the miracle and power of creation. Now coming back to Hebrews in our closing seconds we realize that God the Son was the One who had all this knowledge that Job knew nothing of. Now let’s read 10 again.

Hebrews 1:10-11a

“And Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands; 11. They shall perish; but thou remainest;…” That’s the Creator, that’s the God whom we worship and serve!

543 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 Part 3 Book 46 - Hebrews 1:1-10

543: Hebrews 1:1-10 – Lesson 1 Part 3 Book 46

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 3 * BOOK 46

Hebrews 1:1-10

Now as most of you know we’re just hopefully a teaching ministry. It’s amazing how simple the Word of God really is. It’s not all that difficult, if you just simply follow the Scripture as it unfolds, and don’t let tradition sway you. Now we’re going to begin again in Hebrews chapter 1, and we’re still in verse 2.

Hebrews 1:2a

“Hath in these last days (that is the period of Christ’s first advent. Those were the last days according to all the Old Testament prophecies) spoken unto us by his Son, (remember there is no “his” in the original as we spoke of in the previous lesson. So it should read, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by) Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things,…”

Now just stop for a moment. I think we’re all guilty of just reading so fast, that we don’t read. What does it mean to be appointed heir? Well, they get everything. You know we like to read of the heir of some wealthy corporation, or the Vanderbilt family, or the Rockefeller’s and we’ll read of their great wealth, and it always says, “They’re the heir of so and so fortune.” So we’re well acquainted to what it is to be an heir, but you see the Triune God again, the Father, Son, and the Spirit, have in unison made the Son the Heir of everything. Now let’s go back to the Book of Philippians chapter 2, and this again says it all in a different light than even Hebrews.

I’m going to keep stressing that Hebrews is written with the idea of showing the Jewish people that Jesus of Nazareth was not just a martyr. He was not just a prophet, but rather He was God the Son! He was the Creator of everything. So here in Philippians chapter 2, Paul, I think covers the whole realm of Christ’s coming and what He accomplished. Verse 5:

Philippians 2:5

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6. Who, being in the form of God,…” Remember what the Scripture says in John 1:1?

John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So this same Jesus, the Word in John 1:2, the Christ:

Philippians 2:6-7

“Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery (or it wasn’t anything that He was doing that wasn’t appropriate) to be equal with God: 7. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, (or a bond slave is a better term) and was made in the likeness of men:” He was made in the likeness of men as he was born of the virgin Mary, but always remember He was still God. We’re going to be showing that as we go further in Hebrews. He never stopped for a moment being part of that Godhead. Now verse 8:

Philippians 2:8

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, (Rome didn’t humble Him, the Jewish leaders didn’t humble Him, but rather He humbled Himself,) and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Now, we all have our pet ideas of how we can picture some of these things, but the one that is freshest on my mind, is when they were in the Garden of Gethsemane, and when Peter finally saw what they were trying to do to his Lord, what does Peter do? Well he draws his sword that he was carrying, and cuts off the ear of the servant of the high priest who name was Malchus. Well was that in agreement in the mind of Christ? No the Lord wasn’t fighting to protect Himself, and to show Peter how completely wrong he was, the Lord put Malchus’ ear back on miraculously. And it was only to show Peter, “Listen, we’re not fighting against this with weapons. I’m not trying to avoid the cross.” So He became obedient, and as He said Himself He could have called down 12 legions of angels, and they would have come to His rescue, but He chose not to.

Philippians 2:8b-9a

“…and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (but don’t stop there.) 9. Wherefore (because of His total obedience to the plan of the Triune God,) God also hath highly exalted him,…” Now I’ll let you enlarge on the word exalt. What does it mean? I mean it’s to give Him all the praise that is His due. God Himself has exalted Him.

Philippians 2:9b

“…and given him a name which is above every name:” There’s not a name that has ever been on the planet that came even close to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Now verse 10, and this is going to be the final fruition of everything.

Philippians 2:10a

“That at the name of Jesus every knee…” The Hitlers, the Mussolini’s, the Stalin’s, the Napoleon’s, you name it, every one of them is going to stand before Him, fall on their knees, and recognize Who He is.

Philippians 2:10-11

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. 11. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Now where it comes to heir-ship we can’t leave out our own role. We as believers are also called heirs, and we’ll find that in Romans chapter 8. My, this should be enough to inflate everyone of us to where it’s almost hard for us to stay earth bound, because this is our prospect. This is what’s coming! This is why Paul says, “suffering is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed to us.”

Romans 8:16-17a

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (you don’t have to wonder if you are one of God’s children if you have believed Paul’s Gospel in your heart for Salvation) 17. And if children, then heirs; (just like in an earthly family. The child is the heir of all of the father’s wealth. So we’re) heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;…”

Now I know that’s unbelievable, but that’s the prospect. Christ is the heir of everything that’s ever been created or ever will be, and we in turn are joint-heirs with Him. My, isn’t that enough to just shun the things of this world for a little while? And the world thinks we’re missing it. Well, I’ve got news for them, we’re not missing anything, but rather they are. They’re missing everything, because the world is nothing but a pigpen by comparison to the glory that will be revealed to us.

Romans 8:17b

“…if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Now let’s come back to Hebrews again to chapter 1. I was just talking with someone the other day that said the Bible doesn’t tell us a lot of information on our eternal state. We really don’t know how we’re going to function or what we’re going to be doing. Oh, we can speculate, but we just really don’t know; but what do we know? It is going to be so fabulous that language could never express it. It is going to be so glorious, and so pleasurable and it will be for all eternity. Not just for 70 or 80 years, but for eternity. So God:

Hebrews 1:2

“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, (we covered the last part of the verse in our first program) whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” Our Lord Jesus Christ created everything! Now let’s move on into verse 3. And what a loaded verse:

Hebrews 1:3a

“Who (speaking of Son) being the brightness of his glory,…”

Whose glory? The Godhead. The whole Triune God! Now we got just a little glimpse of that back in Matthew chapter 17 so let’s look at it. This is just a little window that God gives us from time to time. But this little glimpse should be enough to make our hearts leap, because we’re going to be partakers of this in the full one day. And we think we’re getting close to that day. My lands when I read and when I hear what’s going on today, it just can’t be much longer. The technology that is exploding so far even as the military is concerned. Why it would be enough to make the masses panic I would think, if they knew what our military already has. Not just on wishful thinking, but what they already have.

Then I was reading an article yesterday about the gross, vulgar, immorality among our 12 and 14 year-old school kids. It just scares you to your socks what’s coming – but on the other hand it encourages us that, as believers, one day soon we will get a full view of this glory. Not just a glimpse of it, but rather we’ve going to be in it. Here is just that little window in Matthew chapter 17.

Matthew 17:1-2

“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up unto an high mountain apart, (from all the rest of the activity. Even from the other nine)2. And (Jesus) was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.”

Now look, we can’t look on the sun without being blinded. And I imagine that somehow or other the three were protected from it, or they too would have been blinded as Saul of Tarsus was on the road to Damascus. But here He was transfigured before, and suddenly that lowly Jesus of Nazareth Who had been walking those dusty roads of the Nation of Israel is transfigured. And He does shine like the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Now again, we can’t comprehend the brightness of that kind of light. Now you all know of the experience of Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus. I think it was that same light that just literally blinded him, and scarred his eyes when he was confronted with that light from the Person of the Son. Now coming back to Hebrews chapter 1. So the Son, the One Who had walked the earth, had humbled Himself to be crucified and slain, and as He said on the cross, “It is finished!” And nothing else can be added to it. Nobody can put their fingers to the work that Christ accomplished, because it’s all done.

Hebrews 1:3a

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,…” Now I think sometimes people get the wrong idea from Genesis where it says, “God created man in His image.” Now you want to remember at the time of the creation, God had never appeared in human form so far as we know from Scripture. But rather He was Spirit! So He didn’t create Adam in likeness of a physical body that the Godhead had, because they didn’t have one, as they were Spirit. So when it says, “Adam was created in God’s image,” it merely meant “in the person of the personality. In His mind, will, and emotion.” That’s where Adam was in God’s image.

And as I pointed out when I taught back in Genesis, how many of those three entities can anyone of us see? None of them! Nobody can take a mind and lay it on an examining table, and look at it. It can’t be done, because it’s invisible. Nobody can take your will and examine it, as it’s impossible. Why? It’s invisible. Nobody can take the seat of our emotion and lay it out to be examined, because it, too, is invisible. And yet those are the three things that God is made up of, as well as His created beings.

Again when we taught back in Genesis I mentioned more than once, go through the Scriptures and you’ll find that God the Father has mind, will and emotions. God the Spirit also has mind, will and emotions. And we know God the Son has mind, will, and emotions. And that’s what makes them three distinct Personalities. But you can’t examine anyone of those three. So man was literally created an invisible creation, patterned after the invisible Spirit God. But in order for man to function in creation, we know God put the invisible man into a visible body.

And that had to be, because all of creation in basic science, is again made up of three things. “Matter, time, and space!” Take any one of those away and you don’t have a universe. It’s just plain and simple isn’t it. Matter – a star, a moon, a person. We are matter moving through time, in space, and that’s creation! So God took this invisible part of us and placed it in a body. And the same way with Himself. When He came and He placed that Spirit being, the very mind, will, and emotion of the Son in a body, He became then the visible manifestation of the invisible God. This is why we maintain then that the human being is eternal, whether he is lost or saved, he’s going to live some place for eternity, because God’s eternal, and man was created in God’s image, in sphere of the eternal.

Hebrews 1:3a

(The Son) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,…”

Now we won’t go back and look up Colossians again, but you remember in the first program when we were in Colossians chapter 1, where it said, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Everything in the universe is held together by the power of the Word of Christ! And if He should ever relinquish that power, the universe would go into fission, and would utterly be burned up, which will probably happen one day, just before we get the new heaven and new earth. But nevertheless, everything is held in control by the Word of Christ’s power. Now reading on in verse 3. And when was that power exercised?

Hebrews 1:3b

“…when he had by himself purged our sins,…” And where did He purge our sins? On the cross, and in resurrection power. See, we can’t just stop at the cross, like so many do. But the cross by itself did not finish the work of redemption. Now that paid the sin debt, of course it did, but the power of it all was never released until He arose from the dead, three days and three nights later. Now I guess I could tie this in together if I went ahead and skipped over to verse 5 here in Hebrews, so let’s look at it. I wasn’t planning on doing it this way, but with this word ‘power’ I think it’s appropriate.

Hebrews 1:5

“For unto which of the angels said he (God) at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?” That’s never been spoken to anybody but the Son. Now, come back to Psalm chapter 2, and I think I made reference to this in the first program. We have to realize and understand that all the power of the Godhead was released when God raised Christ from the dead. And let’s just begin at verse 7.

Psalm 2:7

“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” Let’s go to Acts, chapter 13, and that’s where we have to let Scripture speak. Here Paul is speaking there in Antioch, and he’s in the synagogue, and he is preaching to a synagogue full of Jews, so he’s going to use a lot of the Old Testament.

Acts 13:32-33

“And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the father, (through the prophets) 33. God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” Now here is where we get the Scriptural definition of the only begotten Son of God.

Acts 13:34

“And as concerning that (begotten in verse 33) he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.” Now go to Romans chapter 1 for more follow up. And this is all with regard to the term “The only begotten Son of God.” It wasn’t when He was born in Bethlehem. Listen, that was not the result of a sire having a reproduction. The only begotten Son was when He was raised from the dead.

Romans 1:3-4

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; (here it comes in verse 4). And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness, (and how was that power executed?) by the resurrection from the dead:”

Always remember when Paul speaks of the power of God unto Salvation, what is he referring to? The power of His resurrection! At that time, Christ overcame all the forces of Satan, and He became the epitome of the Creator God, and it was that power that lifted us out of our deadness, and out of our sins, and that’s why we have to use His resurrection as part and parcel of our Gospel!

Romans 10:9

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.