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Hebrews 10:13

Jan 30, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

…from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. Hebrews 10:13

Here we have a term, footstool, which is drawn from Psalm 110 –

The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Psalm 110:1

This was then used by the author in Chapter 1 –

But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Hebrews 1:13

However, the thought is also essentially repeated in 1 Corinthians 15, a passage which is necessary to understand what is on the author’s mind –

“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For ‘He has put all things under His feet.’ But when He says ‘all things are put under Him,’ it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

The idea presented now in Hebrews is that the words, “from that time,” are speaking of the words of the previous verse which spoke of Christ’s one-time sacrifice for sins which was then followed by His sitting down at the right hand of God. He is at the position of all power and authority, and yet He has not yet subdued all of His enemies. Thus, from the time He sat down, He is “waiting.” Christ is not repeating His sacrifice. Instead, that is complete, and its effects are ongoing for any and all who will but receive Him. Further, they are on-going for Israel collectively to also receive Him. After those numbers are filled, there is still one more aspect of His waiting, which is that He will continue to wait until “His enemies are made His footstool.”

The enemies referred to are found first in Revelation 19, and include the beast and the false prophet. They will be cast into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. Those joined with them will be “killed with the sword.” This will then usher in the millennial reign of Christ. But this is not the completion of subduing His enemies. In Revelation 20, it then notes that the enemies of God will be destroyed by fire and then the devil will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone. After a final judgment on all humanity is completed, Death and Hades will be cast into the lake of fire.

There is a long process ahead which will be played out in redemptive history. Until that is complete, the plan will continue. Only when “His enemies are made His footstool,” meaning being brought into complete subjugation, will the process be fully complete.

Life application: Jesus is, even now, seated at the right hand of God, meaning all authority, all power, all honor are His, and all allegiance is due Him. However, the concept of a footstool is included here to indicate the ongoing nature of bringing the world back to the original state in which it was created – with complete obedience to God and fellowship with Him. When we sit, our work is done, but when we use a footstool, total peace has been achieved. The world we see now isn’t in total peace. It continues to strive against the risen Christ. However, one day He will return and destroy all wickedness. As Matthew Henry said, “Christ’s enemies shall be made his footstool; some by conversion, others by confusion; and, which way soever it be, Christ will be honoured.”

Heavenly Father, because of Christ we look forward with anticipation to that glorious day when there will be no more strife, no more anxiety, no more loss or pain or death. Instead, we will live in Your presence forevermore – perfectly content in all Your glory! May that day be soon! Thank You for the sure promises we have because of Christ our Lord. Amen.

8 Comments

  • amen come quickly LORD . thank you

  • Thank you once again for this encouraging word.I never thought of the concept of Jesus waiting – but all of these enemies mentioned in today’s lesson have to be subdued. I am also excited about this, because it means we will have peace. I so long for that day when our Lord returns to make things right. I have many loved ones in heaven that I want to see again.
    James Kirk wrote in 1854
    ” Then the sin and sorrow, pain and death of this dark world will cease,
    In a glorious reign with Jesus of a thousand years of peace.
    All the earth is groaning, crying for that day of sweet release,
    For our Jesus shall come back to earth again.”
    Maranatha!

    • I will be so happy when this dispensation is done. It is like a toilet that is swirling quickly to the middle of the vortex. The wickedness is just running rampant. Thank you for the wonderful poetic words.

  • thank you Charlie. Love to all!

  • If not for the promis of redemption and salvation for us to hold on to I think many of us would be in the funny farm of disbelief of all that is happing In This world. It gets darker and more evil everyday, heck every minute now. The people have been turned over to reprobate minds, the cheer and laugh now that they can kill a baby a minute before birth. Only a reprobate mind can find joy I this horror only a mother with a reprobate mind could even entertain the idea of doing this to her own child, only a father with a reprobate mind would even consider this as an option to escape responsibility to bring up a child. Only a reprobate mind would vote for this and then cheer for its passing all the while using woman’s health as an excuse for this all the while ignoring the child’s health and right to life. These are the last days and our promised rest in Jesus can’t come fast enough Amen

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

    • Amen Gordon , it couldn’t be any more out in the open the agenda against GOD , and it couldn’t be anymore obvious GOD’s glory in that in HIS grace and mercy , there is a way out for anyone. But it is quite to be sure a short time before that might not be an option. For as they that do hate GOD , do the things they do , they hasten HIS return . It’s a locked in guaranteed win and I pray as many as possible get in on the win ! I am exicited for that day !

    • I think a lot of folks are really struggling with this. I wish we could just get over with it and head home.

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Bless you Charlie and my superior family .

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