You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” Hebrews 1:10-12
Yes, these verses are beautiful in just their poetry. Songs have been written from them and Fernando Ortega’s is my favorite. But the deep beauty and power of this passage lies behind the words. It’s all in the implications of how the writer reached back to quote a Psalm.
Here’s how the history of it unfolds. Hang with it till the end to join me in finding gold.
- The writer of Hebrews spent this chapter talking about Jesus and how much more excellent He is than angels. The topic is Jesus.
- To put spiritual dynamite behind his point, He reaches back to quote this section of Psalm 102, a Psalm about God in the power of creation.
- Perhaps he has stopped talking about Jesus and started talking about God.
- No! He’s continued to talk about Jesus by saying that it is ‘He’ who laid the foundation of the earth.
- The point ~ He takes a Jewish text from the Old Testament, a passage about God and one the Jews are familiar with, and by inference – inserts Jesus’ name into it. He wants there to be no mistake about the point he attempts to make. Jesus is God. God is Jesus. No angel’s name belongs in these verses!
- Since all scripture is God-breathed, God used the writer of Hebrews to give us the true identity of Jesus. While it was announced throughout the Gospels, it has new significance when a book written to the Jews, by a Jew, quotes a Jewish text to describe Jesus Christ.
He is God. No mere angel.
No angel ever laid the foundation of the earth. They are creatures, not creators.
No angel can claim the heavens as the work of their hands. They have not fashioned anything.
No angel can declare himself eternal. He exists by permission of his Creator.
No angel can roll up the heavens like a garment. Their power is conferred, not self-generated.
Jesus, You are worthy of my worship. You are to be exalted. You are God and Your name is above all other names. Hallelujah.