But of the Son He says, "O God" - Jesus IS God (Hebrews 1:8)

"But of the Son he says,
'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.'" - Hebrews 1:8

The next class I will take for seminary is Hebrews to Revelation and I've written some on Revelation as a result of one of the books I read in preparation. One of the books we're required to read is a 740 page commentary on Hebrews-Revelation which, apart from being completely absurd, is teaching me some interesting things.

Part of the problem with a commentary is it's so dense you can't really skim and still know what the writer is talking about. This has been my problem, I read dirt slow unless the author repeats himself frequently. This commentary is not so.

All this to say that I read this verse for the first time really focused in on it rather than just getting through this first section so as to get to the rest of Hebrews. This verse is significant because it very directly says that God calls Jesus 'God'. And yes, this would have been a shock to people.

We're okay with Him being a man (even today most people are willing to acknowledge this), and maybe even a bit spiritual. But it's absolutely absurd to think He was also God. THE GOD. The creator and savior and everything that we claim Jesus to be. It is a little over the top if you think about it.

Unless you believe in an almighty, all loving, awesome God. Then it's not quite so shocking.

But Jesus was, and IS God. Forever and ever. And His scepter is righteousness.

p.s. The scripture quoted is Psalms 45:6