A Sceptre of Righteousness

Hebrews 1:5-9

For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Here the writer distinguishes the difference between the angels and Jesus, the Son.  Jesus is not an angel and never has been.  In preparing for this lesson, I came across a writing that stated that the ministering angels in the Old Testament were actually Jesus before he came in the flesh.  There is a problem with this thinking.  Angels are created beings but Jesus was not created.  He has always been and will always be.  He has no beginning and no end.  Angels are not equal with God, but Jesus said “I and the Father are one.”  Jesus is no angel and never was one.  He is higher than the angels, as we discussed in our last lesson.  If anyone tries to tell you he was an angel, walk away!  Or know your scripture well enough to defend the Son of God!

When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, we read a fascinating tale of the Holy Spirit descending like a dove.  As this interesting event took place, the heaven’s opened and a voice spoke out from heaven and said “Thou art my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”  I wish I had been there to see the crowd’s reaction to those words!  How often do you hear a voice speak from heaven?  I know I never have!  I wonder how many in the crowd remembered the words of Psalm 2:7, which says “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee?”   This is considered by many as one more fulfillment of prophecy by Jesus – he is declared the Son of the most high God!  I would guess that most Jews had no concept of God having a Son outside of this particular scripture.  I don’t believe there is any where else in the Old Testament.  Hosea 11:1 comes the closest by saying “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”  The Jews knew there would be a messiah – they had no idea this Messiah would be God’s Son!  And they certainly did not think that Son was Jesus.

The next verse talks about the first-begotten.  We know Him better as the only-begotten!  God has only one Son!  The Mormon church believes that Lucifer was a son of God as well, but ther3e is no scriptural basis for this belief.  Jesus was God’s only Son.  He was the only one born of a virgin, the only one conceived by the Holy Ghost, the only one to fulfill all the prophecies of the Old Testament.  No one else comes close.  And all the angels of heaven are assigned to worship Him and Him alone.  We can see this scene in heaven as they all come around the throne to worship the Lamb.  The angels will never worship Lucifer.  Oh, he has fallen angels that followed him when he left heaven.  They made the decision to follow him when he fell.  They are subservient to him and him alone, acting like little trolls to do his bidding.  The angels of heaven, on the other hand, do the bidding of Jesus with pleasure.  In Frank Peretti’s book “This Present Darkness” he talks about the way the angels do God’s bidding based on the prayers of the saints.  They go where the prayers are active.  They go where they hear the name of Jesus.  His name is there driving force.  This is the truth of scripture.  The angels worship Him, and Him alone!  The angels are simply ministering spirits, flames of fire that touch the hearts and lives of men.

But Jesus is on a throne.  A throne that sits in all of heaven.  And he holds the sceptre on that throne.  A sceptre is a sign of power and authority.  It is a symbol that the one who holds it has everything in His control.  A sceptre has a way of helping everyone else to see who is in control   Jesus holds the sceptre and it is a sceptre of righteousness!  He does what is right – always.  He does what is good, what is pure, what is just, lovely and true.  He does only that which is motivated by love.  I would not want Jesus to hold any other sceptre than this one.  It gives me the assurance that no matter what is going on in my life, Jesus is doing what is right, and good and just. This is because he loves these things and he always wants what’s best for me (as long as I put Him first).

Let’s never be confused.  Jesus is not an angel.  He never was.  The angels worship Him.  We should as well.  He holds all power and authority and we would do good to remember that – especially in the hardest of times.  After all, He is on our side!

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