Walk Through the Bible - Hebrews
He is Greater
The letter to the Hebrews was written to encourage Christians in a time of trial. It does so by focusing on the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ. While God spoke in the past “many times and in many ways,” he has now spoken to us “by his Son,” Jesus Christ, who is the “exact imprint” of God’s nature and who “upholds the universe by the word of his power” (1:1–3). Jesus accomplished complete salvation for all who trust in him (1:1–10:18). We dare not “neglect such a great salvation” (2:3; 5:12–6:20; 10:19–39). Rather, in our faith and in our everyday living, we should imitate the example of Christ and of those on the honor roll of faith (chs. 11–13). This letter, whose author is unknown, was probably written between A.D. 60 and 70.
RADIANT, rā´di-ant (נָהַר, nāhar, “to sparkle,” i.e. [fig.] be cheerful; hence [from the sheen of a running stream], to flow, i.e. [fig.] assemble; flow [together], be lightened): ARV substitutes the active “radiant” for the passive “were lightened” in Ps 34:5; Isa 60:5 (ERV, AV “flow together”). As the earth and moon, both being dark, face a common sun and lighten each other, they are not only lightened, but radiant.
word of power As God the Father brought the world into being through speech (Gen 1:1–2; compare Heb 11:3), so the Son sustains all things by means of His speech.
The sacrifices temporarily restored people’s relationship with God by repairing the damage caused by sin and guilt.
Instead of having to continually offer sacrifice (Heb 10:1), the Son is able to sit down—His work is complete.
The imagery likely refers to hieroglyphics on the footstools of Egyptian kings that depicted foreign enemies—symbolizing their subjugation