Natan’s Commentary on Hebrews 1–4

Hebrew 1

A page from Natan’s 1790 KJV Bible.

Hebrews 1:2, He made the worlds. Yeshua was the agency through which YHVH the Father created all things. (Also see v. 10.)

Hebrews 1:3, Upholding all things. Yeshua is not only the Creator of all things (v. 10), but he bears or carries all things, that is, he is the Sustainer of all things by his word and miraculous or dumanis power. Without him, everything would fall apart. This is why his death on the cross was such a cosmologically climactic event.

Hebrews 1:9, Loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. To the degree that we love righteousness, we will hate Torahlessness and vice versa. To love righteousness and the laws of Elohim is to love his him, to love his Word and to love Yeshua. To the degree we disdain his Torah is the degree that we disdain him and Yeshua the Messiah, the Word made flesh regardless of our protestations to the contrary, regardless of our religious activities and regardless of how much we throw our emotions at him and call it praise and worship. Obedience to his Torah-Word from Genesis to Revelation is barometer indicating the depth of our love for him.

Hebrews 1:8, 10, To the Son…You, YHVH. These two verses prove beyond a doubt that Yeshua is YHVH and that he is the Creator of the all things physical. (See also John 1:3, 10; Heb 1:2; Col 1:16).

Hebrew 2

Hebrews 2:1-2, Lest we drift away. One can lose one’s salvation (see also 1 Cor 9:27; Heb 6:4–6; 10:26 cp. 1 Tim 1:19; Matt 13:20–22) if one neglects (v. 2) and doesn’t carefully guard and maintain their spiritual relationship with YHVH and his Word.

Hebrews 2:7, A little lower. See notes at Ps 8:5.

Hebrews 2:18, He is able to aid. To receive the aid of Yeshua, our Great High Priest, all we have to do is to humble ourselves and recognize that we are sinners and need help, and then to ask him for help as well as to avail ourselves of the help that he has already give us, namely, the light of his Word, which, if we study and feed on, will guide us and keep us in the straight and narrow path. 

Hebrew 3

Hebrews 3:3, He who built the house. Yeshua is the builder of his spiritual house—the church. Interestingly, his earthly father trained him to be a carpenter. Often the physical or natural and spiritual dimensions parallel each other. The idea of Yeshua being the Creator of all things including humanity (Heb 1:10; John 1:3, 10) and being the builder of his spiritual house provides us with an important truth. How is it that the death of Yeshua—one human—could pay for the sins of the whole earth—many humans? Simply this. Yeshua in his pre-incarnate state as the Word of Elohim created all humans. His life is more valuable than the lives of all those he created, since he is the Creator, even as life of the builder of a house has more value than all the houses he builds. This is why Yeshua could pay for the sins of the whole world, and why his life was more valuable than those of all the humans that have ever lived in the history of the world.

Hebrews 3:6, Hold fast…firm to the end. Ultimate salvation—the redemption of our bodies, our glorification and inclusion in the family of Elohim (or theosis) occurs after we have overcome the world, the flesh and the devil and remained firm to the end. The end is either our physical death, or our spiritual transformation or the first resurrection at Yeshua’s second coming.

Hebrew 4

Hebrews 4:2,The gospel was preached. The children of Israel heard the gospel message, even as it was preached in the time of Yeshua, the apostles as well as in our day. They were without excuse for not accepting the gospel message. As the writer goes on to show, they rejected it because of the hardness of their hearts. People still reject the gospel today for the same reason.

Hebrews 4:3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, Rest. The term rest is also a biblical Hebraic idiom or Hebraism (see Deut 12:9, 10; 25:19; 1 Kgs 8:56; 1 Chron 23:25; Ps 95:121; 1 Thess 1:7) for the rest from one’s enemies and that one obtains once one has come into the promised land of their inheritance that YHVH has prepared for his saints. For the Israelites, this was the physical Promised Land in which they settled after having defeated the Canaanites. For the saint, ultimately, this is the Promised Land of the kingdom of Elohim and the New Jerusalem, which they will obtain in the final sense at the second coming of the Messiah when they receive their glorified bodies at the resurrection during the millennium, of which the seventh day Sabbath is a prophetic picture.

Hebrews 4:9–10, Rest. The Greek word sabbatismos means “a keeping of the Sabbath” and is derived from the Hebrew word sabbaton meaning “the seventh day or Sabbath.” In Hebrew the word for Sabbath is shabbat, which originates from the root verb shabat meaning “to cease, desist, rest.” Those who have entered into the Sabbath rest do so by following the example of YHVH the Creator who not only rested spiritually, but literally rested on the seventh day after the creation. He did not rest because he was tired, rather he did so to set this humans an example to follow, that is, to rest after six days of work. 

Some people see this verse in Hebrews only as a mandate to rest from their spiritual works by putting their faith in Yeshua. Such a rest is only a partial rest. We must follow the example of YHVH who literally rested on the seventh day as well. 

Yeshua in his preincarnate state was and is YHVH the Creator (Heb 1:2, 8,10; John 1:3, 10; Col 1:16). He kept the Sabbath as YHVH the Creator, and as Yeshua the Messiah as well. (If Yeshua didn’t keep the Sabbath, then he was a sinner in that he violated the law, and is not our perfect, sin-free Savior! If he kept the Sabbath, and the Gospels record that he did do so, we are to imitate him as his obedient disciples and imitators by doing what he did (1 Cor 11:1; 1 John 2:6). 

Some deceptive Christian “teachers” will state that Yeshua broke the Sabbath by quoting John 5:18. First, again if Yeshua had broken the fourth commandments, he would have become a sinner (1 John 3:4), but we know that he was sinless (Heb 4:15), so this was not the case. Second, John records that it was the misguided Jews who were accusing Yeshua of sin, even though he had done nothing to break any of the Torah’s laws regarding the Sabbath. Third, the word “break” as used in John 5:18 is the Greek word luo, which in its primary definition means “to loosen literally or figuratively.” Yeshua was “breaking” or “loosening” the man-made, extra-biblical laws or constraints that the Pharisees had put on people with regard to how to keep the Sabbath. Yeshua was brushing aside or “breaking” or “loosening” some of these non-biblical and man-made restrictions to bring people back to a Sabbath observance that was less burdensome and restrictive. He in no way was violating the Torah, which would have made him a sinner.

When we rest both physically and spiritually, we are walking out a higher level of truth by walking out both the letter and the spirit of YHVH’s Torah-law as Yeshua taught us to do in his Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:17–48), and as such, we have positioned ourselves before YHVH to receive more divine revelation from him (as well as blessings for obedience to his commandments). 

In other words, the more we obey him faithfully in love, the more truth he can entrust us with for safekeeping, for he knows we won’t take for granted or trample his precious truth nuggets. To those who are faithful in much, YHVH gives more. That is how it works in his spiritual economy. 

To this day, many of religious people keep the Sabbath by physically resting on this day (e.g. the Jews and some Christians), but they have missed the revelation of our spiritual rest in Yeshua. Conversely the mainstream Christians have rejected the physical Sabbath rest but they accepted the spiritual rest in the Messiah. Both sides have half the truth. Let’s put the two halves together and walk out the full truth—both the physical and the spiritual side of the Sabbath as Yeshua and his disciples did! 

Keeping the seventh day Sabbath with this fuller understanding is another way of connecting the gospel message to its Hebraic, pro-Torah roots.

Hebrews 4:12, Soul and spirit. (See notes at 1 Thess 5:23.) Here the writer attests to the separateness of the soul and the spirit of man. They are not indistinguishable from each other.

Hebrews 4:14,Great high priest. How could Yeshua, a non-priest (non-cohen) be our Great Heavenly High Priest, since he was from the tribe of Judah and not from the tribe of Levi, much less a descendant of Aaron? (See notes at 7:14; Exod 19:2, 4). 

Hebrews 4:16, Come boldly. The veil (Heb. porechet) in the Tabernacle of Moses separated the compartments of the holy place and the holy of holies which housed the ark of the covenant and the was where the glory or presence of Elohim resided. The holy of holies pictured the heavenly throne room of Elohim, and only the high priest could enter it once a year on the Day of Atonement (or Yom Kippur). It was forbidden for anyone else to come into the holy of holies (except Moses, who as a prophetic picture of Yeshua the Messiah, who often went there to receive instructions from Elohim). That veil separating Elohim from the people thus preventing the common person from entering into the holy of holies was miraculously ripped in two when Yeshua died on the cross (Luke 23:45), thus symbolizing that now the way was open way for every saint to come boldly through the “veil” of Yeshua’s flesh (i.e. through the atoning blood of and a personal spiritual relationship with Yeshua; Heb 10:20) into the very presence of YHVH Elohim.


7 thoughts on “Natan’s Commentary on Hebrews 1–4

  1. Shalom to All
    Hello Natan

    I have a little difference in understanding about the veil. I think we are made Priests now in Christ as of the order & life of Melchizedek Priesthood but not as High Priests. We have access to the Holy Place through the first veil to serve but only our High Priest Yeshuah enters the Holy of Holies in Heaven.

    Am I correct in understanding it is veil as the singular that is torn? I may have missed something for sure. Welcome any pointers on this.

    Be blessed with courage everyone.
    Shine the light of Christ.

  2. The veil was rent from top to bottom as one would do in mourning.

    Malki’Tzedek was possibly Avraham’s great grand dad Shem?

    Shalom, John

  3. The Hebrew word shabat (verb), which is mostly translated as resting also means to cease or to stop, so it can mean that Elohim ceased from His creative work on the seven’s day. I prefer the word cease instead of rest since it does not make people wonder if Elohim needs a rest.

  4. If Yeshua is the creator then what about when he was hanging on the cross and he said Father why have you forsaken me.Who was Yeshua talking to himself ? And what about Psalm 110:1 The Lord says to my Lord sit here at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool. Please explain I’m confused. How can Yeshua be the Father and the son?

    • This is my understanding-Yeshua will be LORD (YHVH) of hosts-the name given Him by the Father-all things will be under Him EXCEPT the Father who gives Him this name and puts all things under Him. The Father and the Son are one (family) They are the ultimate complex unity (not trinity) Also you having a father, being the son, can also be a father. Hope this helps 🙂 We will perhaps not fully comprehend until we’re glorified-then we shall see Him as He is for we shall be like Him. Blessings, Carol!

    • Hi Chris,
      I had exactly the same problem, not being able to grasp the concept of Yeshua and the Father being One Entity. Having prayed for more wisdom and understanding, the following explanation entered my mind.
      We human beings have been enabled by our Creator to use an innermost part of ourselves (an egg in a female, a sperm in a male) to ‘create’ a new human, which before it was born into the world, was part of our body.
      In a similar way, our Creator, who is Spirit, took an innermost part of Himself and transplanted it into a human womb. The result was a Human Being that was also God. Psalm 2:7 talks about it: “You are my Son; today I became your Father”; that indicates that our Heavenly Father and Yeshua have not always been Father and Son. John 1:1-4 and John 1:14 explains some of the mystery: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…..All things came to be through Him….John 1:14 The Word became a human being…..
      Therefore, we can conclude that the Creator has manifested part of Himself into a human being, called Yeshua, who after completing His mission on earth, returned to the Father and is now on His right side, having regained His previous glory (John 17:5″…….Give me the same glory I had with you before the world existed.”)
      If we can believe that God created everything in the universe, it is not hard to believe that He could split Himself into a million parts if He wanted to. After all, God is all powerful, all-knowing and all-present.
      While Yeshua is part of God, during His time on earth, He was separated from the Father in some ways, especially on the cross where He said:”My God, why have you deserted me?”
      The following saying of Yeshua indicates that He is part of the Father:
      John 14:9 “…..Whoever has seen me has seen the Father;……”
      Yeshua is part of the Father, but the Father is greater than He (John14:31)
      Hope, this is helpful.
      Shalom, Sonja

      • As I have said and written countless times, our minds are too limited to be able to comprehend the Godhead. We must believe with a simple childlike faith what Scripture says about the Father, the Son and the Ruach and leave it there for now. Can we just believe Scripture without having to understand everything? We do this every day and don’t think anything about it. We believe that our brains think, but we can’t explain or understand it. Many of us believe such simple things about electricity, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, how our eyes see and how a leaf photosynthates, yet we can’t explain it. So why do we stress ourselves out over trying to figure out Elohim when it’s impossible to do so???? Just believe, worship and obey. That’s all. That’s something that we can actually wrap our hearts and mind around, but most of us refuse to do so because of the hardness of our hearts and our stubborn doubt and unbelief. Oy vey!

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