The Epistle to the Hebrews ~ it’s deep, heavy man

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I’ve had HOLIEST OF ALL by Andrew Murray on my shelf for a number of years, and I’ve been meaning to read it. Really. But it’s 600 pages and Murray is no light weight, and I’ve been a wimp.

So, the Lord did me one better. He brought to my remembrance that I’ve been wanting to do a Bible study at home. What better book than Murray’s HOLIEST OF ALL. That’ll learn me to put off a little…ahem…light reading.

I thought, well the chapters are short, I can get through one or more per day. So, I opened the book today. Murray simply prints out the entire book of Hebrews to start. So, I read what was on the printed page, though I’d read it many times before. Murray uses the King James translation.

Here we go…

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, ~ Hebrews 1:1 King James Version (KJV)

And God stopped me right there. I pondered in my heart that if this had been spoken by some guru in an arcane, esoteric, or New Age seminar with crystals all around, wind chimes, a water fountain bubbling in the background, and incense…and if God had been replaced in the text by some nebulous force or source, all the devotees drinking in every word would go “That’s deep, heavy man, awesome.”

And yet, this is the actual, living Word of the Living God, and I’ve glossed over this first line many times to get to the meat of the chapter. So, as I ponder, I’m duly chastened as I realize the “meat” of this chapter starts with line one. It’s deep, awesome, and heavy that our Father God spoke in times past to the fathers (ancient leaders, elders) via the prophets.

Really. How awesome is that? Very awesome. And Christians today have that same, living God within us speaking to us.

And so today, in my Bible study, I just sat with that first line for a while, pondering it in my heart. And also pondering how God can take a line, often read — even often glossed over, and give it new revelatory, living meaning. This can happen with any line in the Bible. And when it does, it’s super deep, exciting, personally meaningful.

Someone may say, “Yeah, but I’ve thought that before.” But when God places the thought or idea as a revelation in a person’s heart, something new and unique happens on a very intimate level. It just happened to be Hebrews 1:1 for me this morning.

2 thoughts on “The Epistle to the Hebrews ~ it’s deep, heavy man

  1. It’s even more amazing in modern English. 😉 In all seriousness, it’s totally amazing that God was and is so highly motivated to communicate with us and get our attention, even when we’re bound and determined not to give it to Him. What an amazing God…

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    1. The Bible I use is a NASB/Amplified parallel Bible. Andrew Murray, of course, used the KJV. Here it is days later, I’ve moved on to the next chapter of his book and he’s still on Hebrews 1:1 and so am I. He’s pondering a Creator who speaks. He says “speaking is the vehicle of fellowship.” I’ve been pondering a Creator who speaks. Speaking implies the expectation that the one spoken to can hear Him. This is awesome, in the true sense of the word awesome…not just a quick expression. It’s awesome that God speaks to that which He created…meaning He expects us (the created) to hear Him. Awesome.

      To my mind, it implies God wants to be heard for a purpose. He is a purposeful God. In all of creation, even in the animals world, all that can make sound get a reply. One wolf howls in the night and a mile away, another wolf answers. So, in His creation vocal sound most often is heard and replied to. Nowhere is this more evident than among humans. This tells me it’s also true of God. He hears us and He wants to hear us. Awesome.

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