Devotional: ‘Do Not Neglect the Words of Jesus’

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Scripture makes it abundantly clear that Jesus is not a glorified angel. Why is this truth so important?

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

During the days of the Bible, angels were held in high regard by the Jewish people. Many knew that God often used angels to deliver some of His most important messages. Even more so, many of the Jews believed that God used angels to deliver the Law of Moses. (see Deut 33:1-2; Ps 68:1; Acts 7:53; Gal 3:19).

It is with this thought in mind that the writer of the book of Hebrews placed great emphasis on proving Christ’s superiority over the angels. His thought was – If the message of an angel was important, how much more important is the message of God’s only Son.

“For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord…”

As one translation puts it – “If the message spoken through angels was legally binding, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation that was first spoken to us by the Lord…?” The answer to that question is – “We won’t.”

Of all the punishment men will ever receive in hell, I believe the worst will be for the ones who knew the truth, but willfully rejected it. Peter wrote – “it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.” (2 Peter 2:21 CSB) Perhaps that man’s great punishment will come from God. Perhaps that man’s great punishment will come from himself. How terrible it will be to know that you knew the truth, but rejected it.

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