- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Hebrews 1
Sermon to the universal church.
The book of Hebrew is not an epistle, letter, but a sermon/ treaty for Jews who had come to Christian faith knowing well Old Testament, and who were now tempted to return to their Judaism and Jewish practices.
Many biblical scholars agree that the author of the book of Hebrews, though some argue that Apostle Peter might be the author of the book, based on the final greeting (13:23). And the date of the writing must be written prior to destruction of Jerusalem temple (AD 70).
The first recipient of the book of Hebrew were on the point of giving up their Christian faith, so the exhortation to stand firm in faith is the main theme of the book, emphasizing the superiority of Jesus Christ to Jewish figures in Jewish belief, superior to the prophets, to the angels, to Moses himself, Jesus Christ’ priesthood to Levitical priesthood.
“Jesus Christ is superior to angels,” is the topic of the chapter one. By quoting from Old Testament Scripture regarding angels, the writer emphasized the superiority of Jesus Christ to all angels. Angels are administering spirit to serve those who will inherit salvation.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.