Hebrews 13:8 – The Unchanging Nature of Yeshua

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POSTED 11 FEBRUARY, 2018

reproduced from Salvation on the Line, Volume II

“Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

After stating the need for his audience to emulate their previous leaders (Hebrews 13:7), the author of Hebrews makes an interesting remark.[1] He says, “Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, CJB/CJSB). Obviously, this is a reference to Yeshua’s changelessness, as he has previously stated “your years will have no end” (Hebrews 1:12, ESV). There are several important parallels to be drawn between Hebrews 13:8 and several passages in the Tanach:

“But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end” (Psalm 102:27).

“For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6).

“Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you” (Isaiah 46:4).

Each of these verses, in some way or another, speak of the timelessness of God. The writer of Hebrews is witnessed taking a concept associated with the nature of the LORD God (YHWH) and is clearly applying it to Yeshua—thus considering Him timeless and indeed with His nature on the definitive, Divine side of things. But he is also probably applying Yeshua’s not changing to His continuing priesthood in Heaven, which never changes as He is always interceding. As the audience should follow their leaders’ manner of faith, they can have confidence that the work of Yeshua for them is unchanging and constant.


NOTES

[1] This entry has been adapted from the author’s commentary Hebrews for the Practical Messianic.