Verse 1 God who at various times and in many ways or portions spoke in the old court days unto our
fathers by the prophets (God spoke to them then) has finally completely spoken in the last days of the first
court to us in His only son (prophet—revelation first, now climaxed with a son-revelation). Whom God
appointed heir and inheritor of all things (heirship goes with sonship) by whom also God made the cosmos.
Verse 3 Christ being the effulgence (outraging) of God's glory, and the identical substance of God
(foundational essence carries same mark or stays as dye used by engraver on image on coins or
impression by signet ring giving it absolute validity and authority). Maintaining to sustaining all of his
creation by the word of his power, when he completed our purification (cleansing) from sin and the
consciousness of sin (ascended) reassured his points of dignity to authority in the highest place of honor,
on the right hand of God. (Here Philippians 2:6ff).
Verse 4 Proving himself to be much better than the angels hath inherited (as a son) a better name than they.
Hebrews 2:9-11; 2:14; 5:8,9; 6:4-6; 7:22,24,25; 8:6; 9:26
See Matthew 15:26,27
Verse 12 For the revealed Word is living and energetic and sharper above any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the extent of dividing soul and life (figures of speech called Metonomy, meaning change
of noun, either one noun is used for another to emphasize a similar relation) and of the joints and marrow
and is a critic of the thought and intents of the personal life.
Verses 1-3 Melchizedek. King of Salem = king of peace. How could Melchizedek not have a
beginning or end? Verse 3 should read, ''Neither his father nor his mother is recorded in the genealogies,
neither the beginning of his days nor the end of his life. But, like the Son of God, his priesthood abides
forever." "Beginning of days" = birth date (it was not recorded). (Neither was the end of his life recorded).
Verse 3 Eastern translation: "Neither his father nor his mother is recorded in the genealogies and
neither the beginning of his days nor the end of his life is recorded; but like the Son of God his priesthood
abides forever."
Verse 13 Wearing ashes. Verse shows that wearing ashes on the body is symbolic of putting
themselves under the protection of God. We must trust and rely in God alone. This is what Job did in
verse 8. His wife judged by looking at the circumstances. We must believe, and stand in the power of
Verse 31 Harlot. Joshua 20: the story of Rahab. Harlot—not a prostitute here—depends on context,
just as wine.
Here harlot is an innkeeper. Inns are built along roadside and also on the city wall at the gate of the
city. The inn has 2 places. One for the virgins who wait for the bridegroom to come through the city
gate; the other, any traveler can stay, eat and sleep there. The innkeeper lives in a room upstairs. This is
the kind of place Joshua sent the spies to lodge in. Why call her a harlot? Several thousand years ago, the
inn system was started. Place for traveler to stay free of charge—maintained by public funds. They
asked for a good man to come forth to head up the work. No one came, so a woman did. "If you take the
job," the elders of the gate said, "you cannot wear the veil because you must talk to the customers." It
was the custom for women not to talk to men. The women who wear veils aren't supposed to look at
other men. The women who do this can only look at the men in their own family. And, if you take the
veil off, people will call you harlot (one who serves anybody and everybody). This is in contrast to her
culture where she'd only serve one person. The name has nothing to do with morals, but culture. This is
a name of an office-harlot.
We are supposed to serve only the Lord Jesus Christ. If we serve somebody else (the world, the
flesh, the devil) at the same time, we're harlots. There is a divided loyalty—a spiritual harlot. If you
serve God and mammon, you're a spiritual harlot.
The Samaritan woman was not a prostitute either. She was a good, respected woman. If either of
these women had been prostitutes they would have been outside a three-mile limit. Pigs, liquor shops,
prostitutes, lepers are all placed outside the village in the East. She wouldn't have been allowed to stay in
the city, much less, run the inn (which was an honorable job). The king of Jericho sent for her to appear
before the court—not so with a prostitute.
Verse 2 At night, the front door is not closed. Anybody, any foreigner, beggar, tramp, saint, sinner can
walk into an Eastern home at night. One meal is kept always for "angels unawares."
Hebrews 13:2. When the beggar arrives, he is treated with the utmost respect: "What can I do, my
Lord, for you." Every beggar may be sent by God; perhaps God has sent this beggar to test my sincerity
and loyalty. If the beggar comes to eat, the reply is, "Yes, my Lord, come right in, sit down there." She,
the hostess will bring water and wash his feet, bring him his food. Afterwards, offer him a place to sleep.
Then the beggar says he'll sleep there. There is no fear on either party's part.