Beeke, Joel R. & Smalley, Paul
An excerpt from the pages of Dr. Robert Martin’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews
Hebrews 1:1–2a God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to
the fathers by the prophets, 2a has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.
“In these opening verses, the writer, of course, implies that God did not say everything at once. He points to two great epochs of God’s speaking — one which concluded “in time past” (or, better yet, “long ago”), the other which has occurred “in these last days.” Hebrews thus begins with the comparison of these two great epochs of revelatory history. These epochs are governed by two great covenants and revelations — the Mosaic/old covenant and the better/new covenant — that is, by God’s revelation in Moses and the prophets and by his revelation in his Son. The old covenant is marked by incompleteness and anticipation and is preliminary and temporary. The new covenant, however, is marked by completeness and fulfillment and is final and permanent.
“In the course of his letter, the writer says much about differences in these revelations and covenants; however, we also must keep in view their basic unity and continuity. God is the source of both revelations.”
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