God Has Spoken
Maybe you have heard people say 'God is silent? His voice is not heard!' The atheist in his delusion says God's voice cannot be heard, but you might know of a christian, who suffering under the circumstances of life, or desperately seeking guidance on an issue in life, says that God's voice has not been heard. Maybe betimes you have said this yourself?
Of all the sublime truth found in Hebrews 1, this point is central; the eternal, transcendent, immutable God has spoken! And not in a careless or hapless manner, as oftentimes we are prone - but rather, He has spoken to us.
The author's ultimate intention is to introduce us to the wonder of the Son. He alone is the antidote to all the Hebrew Christians' anxieties because He is better, higher, and more excellent than anything they had previously known. He introduces seven breathtaking statements that assert aspects of the character and work of the Son, and backs them up with seven Old Testament scriptures. Thus there can be no turning back because anything else is inferior.
The writer commences his epistle by informing them that God had previously spoken to the Fathers. The fact that God speaks is not new. This former revelation was characterized by variety; a variety of manners, moments and agents. Says the writer; "...at sundry times and divers manners...by the prophets." Over a period of time, at different points in time, in various circumstances, and by numerous messengers, God spoke to the Fathers. But note; none of the Fathers or prophets received God's full or final communication.
"But now," he continues, "in these last days," He has spoken, to us, "by His Son." You cannot help but notice the starkness of the contrast between these two eras of revelation. Previously, "in times past" and at "sundry times," now, "in these last days." Not only is there a contrast in the moment, but also in the manner and agent. He has spoken unto us by His Son. He is both the means and the message. Darby translates it "has spoken unto us in the person of the Son." The emphasis is on the character of the communication. This is the apex of revelation. There is nothing further that God can say, He has said it all in His Son. All of God's communication to man, brought together into a singular person, at a singular moment. The fullness of God's revelation finds expression in His Son.
Dear Christian, remember that when we feel that God is silent, that He has spoken once and for all. He has spoken in His Son. When God sent His Son, He gave His very best. He willingly took part in humanity and held nothing back, He gave Himself. Before we ever thought to communicate with God, He had already communicated in His Son. Precious thought!
Mervyn Hall is in fellowship with his wife in the assembly that meets in Hebron Gospel Hall in Bicester (UK) and is employed as a business consultant to the Healthcare industry.