Today’s passage picks up where yesterday’s left off. Remember that Paul is using Old Testament verses to show how Jesus is clearly distinguished from other heavenly beings.
And of the angels He [i.e. God] says,
“WHO 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,
AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.
YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS;
THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU
WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.”
– Hebrews 1:7-9 (all caps quoting Psalm 104:4; and 45:6-7; emphasis added)
The apostles recognized that many of the Psalms were “messianic.” That is, while having meaning and being useful in their day, such psalms also spoke to, and of, God’s promised Messiah. The reason that the apostles recognized these things is because Jesus pointed them out to the apostles. Remember that we’ve read how Jesus instructed them after His resurrection but before His ascension:
…”These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures
– Luke 24:44-45
The New Testament writings don’t report to us every conversation Jesus had with His apostles – either before or after His resurrection. We can know, however, that whatever they wrote about Him based on the Old Testament was rooted in what He Himself had taught them. None of them would have dared to invent their own instruction. They were representing Him – not themselves.
The portion of the passage that I emphasized alludes to the Holy Spirit – for you remember that words like “anointing” and “oil” foreshadowed the Holy Spirit.
Note that the presence of the Holy Spirit is associated with joy. Notice also that the reason given for Messiah receiving the Holy Spirit and corresponding joy would be His love of righteousness. At this point, you may recall this verse we have read:
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
– Romans 14:17
As Jesus received the Holy Spirit to help Him pursue righteousness, so we receive the Holy Spirit to help us pursue righteousness. The result is the same: joy.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, help me love righteousness…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)