God has Spoken

Oct. 30, 2020

Scripture Readings

God has spoken.

Hebrews 1:1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways. 

What was God’s message through the prophets? Through Moses, he told his people he wanted them to love, honour, and serve him only, remember to take a day of rest per week, honour their parents, be honest, kind, generous, and gracious in their dealings with their fellow man, and not take what was not theirs. (Sounds like the kind of person I would like for a neighbour!)  As they lived their lives by these standards they would live under God’s extravagant blessing. 

Time proved that no one was able to live up to these standards; instead there was selfishness, dishonesty, disrespect and murder.  

Hebrews 1:2 In these last days God has spoken to us through his Son Jesus.  

What was God’s message through Jesus?  Jesus, while not diluting God’s previously revealed standard, said, ‘Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest… rest for your souls.’  Matthew 11: 28-29.  ‘I have called you friends.’  John 15:15. ‘I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.’  John 10:10.

God’s purpose is still that we live under his extravagant blessing – rest for our souls and real friendship with the God of the universe!     

He is not just a prophet as some world religions claim, nor is he an angel. Jesus is God, far greater than the prophets, greater than the angels.  

So what difference does this theology make for my everyday life? I believe in my head that Jesus is God, far greater than prophets or angels, but my actions don’t always reflect it.  I sometimes treat him as if he is simply an angel, a benevolent being who helps and protects me from danger. It really doesn’t make any difference if I think about angels or what they are doing, I just go about my daily business and they help and protect me regardless. 

But Jesus wants to be my friend.  He wants me to enjoy sharing his company, abiding in him, talking with him about what I am thinking, feeling, and doing, asking forgiveness when I offend him.  Each day I have a choice to either concentrate on my busy life, or focus on my friendship with Jesus as I go through my busy life.  

Lord, help me to choose wisely every day.

 

Eleanor Protheroe

Eleanor has spent the majority of her career as a doctor serving in Africa, and is now home with her husband working in palliative care in the city.