The preacher said, “Some have found fault with me.” They say, ‘You’re out of touch with modern science. You ignore human discovery and stride to one Bible. So, this morning I want to turn to science for answers. There’s a poor widow here who’s just lost her daughter. She wants to know if she’ll see her again. She wants to know what will become of her. So, this morning I’m going to lay aside the Bible and turn to science.”
With that he leaves the pulpit, walks over to the communion table, and lays his Bible down. When he returns to the pulpit he asks, “Will she see her again? Is this all there is? What do you say science? How do you answer?” And with that he pauses for a whole minute. “Science, we’re waiting. This woman’s heart is breaking. What’s your answer, science?” And finally, he walks over and picks up his Bible and opens it to the words of David when his 7-day-old son dies. He says, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” Then he turns to the words of Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me though he were dead, yet shall he live.” And after turning to several other texts, the old preacher closes his Bible and says, “I think I’ll stick to the Book, how ‘bout you?”
And that’s exactly what the writer of Hebrews says. Some call it a letter, but it’s more like a sermon. There’s no greeting. There’s no, “I, so and so, am writing you…” The truth is no one knows who wrote it. But what we do know is that it contains some of the majestic language found in Scripture. Of all the things you can say about the Bible, one of the greatest is it’s the best writing in the world.” And if that’s true of the whole Bible, the Book of Hebrews is best of the best.
Listen to how it begins, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” Now think of the implication of that. In our previous series we looked at times and ways in which God has revealed Himself to people throughout history. And what we’ve seen is that He most often comes when they’re at the lowest ebb, when their defenses are down, and their need is raging. And what we’ve seen is that He always comes in exactly the way they need Him most. For Job it’s as a whirlwind. For Elijah it’s a whisper. For Joshua it’s as the Captain of the Army of the Lord. For Hagar it’s as the One who sees her and provides. But in every case they only get a glimpse. They only get a shadowy picture of God. But now, according to this preacher, it’s all changed. No longer is it a shadow, it’s FULL DISCLOSURE. In other words, He’s done with the prophets. He’s done with the shadows. He’s now spoken to us face to face through His Final Word.