Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Waebrania 1

Ukuu Wa Mwana Wa Mungu

1Hapo zamani Mungu alisema na baba zetu mara nyingi na kwa namna mbali mbali kwa kuwatumia manabii. Lakini katika siku hizi za mwisho, amesema na sisi kwa njia ya Mwanae, ambaye alim chagua kuwa mrithi wa vitu vyote. Na kwa njia ya Mwanae, Mungu aliumba ulimwengu. Yeye Mwana ni mng’ao wa utukufu wa Mungu na chapa halisi ya nafsi yake, naye huudumisha na kuuendeleza ulim wengu kwa neno lake lenye nguvu. Alipokwisha kuwapatia wanadamu utakaso wa dhambi, alikaa upande wa kulia wa Mungu Mwenyezi aliye juu. Kwa hiyo Mwana alikuwa mkuu zaidi kuliko malaika, kama ambavyo jina alilorithi kwa Mungu ni kuu kuliko jina la malaika ye yote.

Kwa maana ni malaika gani ambaye Mungu aliwahi kumwambia: “Wewe ni mwanangu; leo hii nimekuzaa”? Au tena: “Mimi nita kuwa Baba yake na yeye atakuwa Mwanangu”? Na tena Mungu ana pomleta mwanae, mzaliwa wa kwanza ulimwenguni, anasema: “Malaika wote wa Mungu wamwabudu yeye.” Anapozungumza juu ya malaika anasema: “Anawafanya malaika wake kuwa upepo, watumishi wake kuwa ndimi za moto.” Lakini kuhusu Mwana, anasema: “Kiti chako cha enzi, Wewe Mungu, kitadumu milele na milele, na haki takuwa fimbo ya ufalme wako. Umependa haki na kuchukia uovu. Kwa hiyo Mungu, Mungu wako, amekuchagua wewe na kukuweka juu ya wenzako kwa kukupaka mafuta ya furaha.” 10 Pia anasema: “Hapo mwanzo , Wewe Bwana, uliweka misingi ya ulimwengu, na mbingu ni kazi ya mikono yako. 11 Vyote vitaangamia lakini wewe unadumu; vyote vitachakaa kama nguo, nawe 12 utavikunja kama vazi na kuvibadilisha. Bali wewe hubadiliki, na miaka yako haitakwisha kamwe. ” 13 Lakini ni malaika gani amewahi kumwambia, “Keti kulia kwangu mpaka niwafanye adui zako kuwa kiti cha kuwekea miguu yako”? 14 Malaika ni nani basi? Wao ni roho wa utumishi waliotumwa kuwahudumia wale watakaopokea wokovu.

The Message

Hebrews 1

11-3 Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words!

The Son Is Higher than Angels

3-6 After he finished the sacrifice for sins, the Son took his honored place high in the heavens right alongside God, far higher than any angel in rank and rule. Did God ever say to an angel, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you” or “I’m his Father, he’s my Son”? When he presents his honored Son to the world, he says, “All angels must worship him.”

Regarding angels he says,

The messengers are winds,
    the servants are tongues of fire.

8-9 But he says to the Son,

You’re God, and on the throne for good;
    your rule makes everything right.
You love it when things are right;
    you hate it when things are wrong.
That is why God, your God,
    poured fragrant oil on your head,
Marking you out as king,
    far above your dear companions.

10-12 And again to the Son,

You, Master, started it all, laid earth’s foundations,
    then crafted the stars in the sky.
Earth and sky will wear out, but not you;
    they become threadbare like an old coat;
You’ll fold them up like a worn-out cloak,
    and lay them away on the shelf.
But you’ll stay the same, year after year;
    you’ll never fade, you’ll never wear out.

13 And did he ever say anything like this to an angel?

Sit alongside me here on my throne
Until I make your enemies a stool for your feet.

14 Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation?