Apparently, the readers of this letter were fascinated with angels. I think our culture is also fascinated with angels. Look at all the movies about angels – Michael (John Travolta), City of Angels (Meg Ryan & Nicholas Cage), It’s A Wonderful Life (Clarence). Our culture is also fascinated with baby cherub figurines and drawings, and the thought of guardian angels. And, what’s not to love? Just the concept of powerful, supernatural beings or cute little archer babies that make people fall in love – these are fascinating to think about.And, there are several other places in the Bible that warn the people not to worship angels (see Col 2:18). God’s angels forbid worship of themselves as evidenced by the story in John’s gospel when he bowed down to the angel.
The writer of Hebrews is communicating to the readers that Jesus Christ is higher than angels – and the only way to God (see John 14:6 and Acts 4:12).
4 This shows that God’s Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is far greater than their names. 5 For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” And again God said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” 6 And then, when he presented his honored Son to the world, God said, “Let all the angels of God worship him.”
There are many today who make a religion around angels. They worship angels and ask them for help. The thing I find myself thinking about today is that there are angels out there who would have you worship them to distract you from worshiping God. Satan’s angels are hard at work to steal, kill and destroy us.
I’m encouraged today by this reminder to keep our eyes on God today, not His creation (angels). Worship Him.