Daily Devotional: Psalms 2:7-12
7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery." 10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"?
Paul quotes Psalms 2:7 when preaching in Antioch of Pisidia to show that Jesus is the promised Messiah and that God had raised him from the dead. Here in Hebrews this verse is used to show that Jesus is superior to the angels. We think of the angels as being a part of the heavenly hosts and in the presence of God and this makes them seem glorious to us. Angels are used to carry the messages of God on occasions and do the work and bidding of God. Yet, Jesus as the Son of God and the exact representation of God is far superior to the angels.
One of the many things God did in sending his Son was to reveal himself to us, not only by giving us his word to read but to see it in action. How can we imagine the Son of God giving up the glories of heaven to become one of us? How could he relinquish his position as equal with God to become a man? While he did not give up being God, he none the less gave up his place in heaven to live and die as one of us to provide eternal life for us when we did not deserve it.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your matchless love shown in giving Jesus to come to earth and die for my sin. While it is not possible for me to understand this love, I am thankful for your grace. Help me live in such a way to show my gratitude to you in all you have done for me. I ask a special prayer today for friends who are facing special trials in their lives. Please give them wisdom, strength and courage to trust you in all things. Give me wisdom to use the opportunities you give me to teach and encourage others. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.