This verse is from Psalm 110:1. Psalm 110 is one of the most important Bible passages about Christ in the Old Testament. The Old Testament contains the 39 Bible books from before Jesusí birth.
Jesus himself spoke about Psalm 110. In Mark 12:35-37, he used it to prove that the Christ was not merely someone from Davidís family. And Peter used it again in Acts 2:34-36 to show that Jesus was the Christ.
Again, here in Hebrews 1:13, the author uses it to show that Christ is Godís Son. He is not merely an angel (a special servant of God).
At a meal, the host invited his most important guest to sit next to him, on the right side. And that is the place that God the Father gave to Jesus. The Father wants everyone and everything to know that he approves of his Son. Christ obeyed the Father completely and he completed his work (Hebrews 10:12-13). And now he waits for God to defeat his enemies completely (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).
And when that happens, God will change everything completely. Evil force will not still control this world. Instead, Christ will rule (1 Corinthians 15:51-57).
We shall study much more about Psalm 110 in the Book of Hebrews. Hebrews chapters 5 and 7 are about other verses in that Psalm.
Next part: The work of angels (Hebrews 1:14)
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