inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Yes, the book of Hebrews is focused on the "better things" in this life. Because Jesus was made better than the angels, His name was greater than theirs. Man was created below the angels. But, Jesus was greater than the angels. He comanded angels. Since jesus was better, He ushered in a "better hope" that could make things better for us.
Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a
better hope did; by which we draw near unto God.
As a matter of fact, Jesus was the down payment and collateral on our covenant with God. This assured us a better covenant than the Israelites received under the Mosaic Covenant.
Hebrews 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better covenant.
This better covenant allowed Christ to minister to us, to meet our needs. The basis of our covenant is the promises of salvation. That is definitely a "better promise."
Hebrews 8:6 But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much
also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better
The tabernacle in the wilderness was only a symbol for things to come...better things. The Israelites sprinkled the blood of bulls and goats as a symbolic act of remission for sins, that were imperfectly removed. But, Jesus' sacrifice was a "better sacrifice" for us.
Hebrews 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the
heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with
better sacrifices than these.
If we give up anything here on earth, we know that what we invest into the kingdom will reap "better possessions" in heaven, lasting possessions.
Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion on me in my bonds, and took joyfully
the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that you have in heaven a
better and an enduring possession.
As a matter of fact, those better possessions include a "better country" and a "better resurrection." These last three better things are found in the "Faith Chapter," in reference to the Heroes of Faith who were seeking better things than we can receive from God here on earth.
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly:
therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he has prepared for
them a city.
Hebrews 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others
were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better
Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they
without us should not be made perfect.
All faith is built on an expectation of something greater being received. The book of Hebrews is an intriguing book. I hope you find something in it better than what I would have written over the next four nights, since I will be away from my computer. I will be spending these few days with the love of my life, one of the "better" blessings God has brought into my life. I was reflecting recently on how much of an effect one person can have on your life (namely a doctor) in a moment of weakness. I try not to think about that, but I guess we as humans are prone to moments of regret. Anyways, I was struck, rather sadly, with the shocking fact that she had been probably the person who had changed my life the most, of anybody I had ever known. She did change so much of who I am, or so I was thinking. Then it hit me...no, she really didn't. My husband is the one who changed me more than any other person in the world. He changed me in better more lasting ways. I will recover and heal from all the medical problems resulting from the injury. I will eventually be able to ride a bike and run again. But, I will never be able to undo the love that I feel for my husband Larry, nor its effect on my life. What better things God has in store for each of His children!
Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the
blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Yes, we have better things to think about.