( 1 Corinthians 15:27 .) For verily--Greek, "For as we all know"; "For as you will doubtless grant." all their lifetime--Such a life can hardly be called life. "The world to come" is the new dispensation brought in by Christ, beginning in grace here, to be completed in glory hereafter. 1-4) of many warnings in the book of Hebrews addressed to a group of believing Jews still worshiping in a synagogue with unbelieving Jews. This is the first (i.e., vv. Just mentioning angels brings to mind childhood Sunday School stories of those majestic winged creatures living in heaven and occasionally visiting earth –demonstrating their supernatural powers. The prophets after Moses carried God’s warnings to the people –to bring them back on course in their role as His priests. Christ plants in them an undying seed, the germ of heavenly immortality, though believers have to pass through natural death. than the angels--Hebrew, "than God," "Elohim," that is, the abstract qualities of God, such as angels possess in an inferior form; namely, heavenly, spiritual, incorporeal natures. They mockingly said “He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, If He delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God’” (Matthew 27:39-43). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. He spoke to Moses and Moses told the people what God said –he was a prophet. When Abraham’s knife was ready to plunge, a substitute miraculously appeared just in time to take Isaac’s place on the altar. And He would be the downfall, a stumbling stone, a trap, a snare to those who didn’t. "Suffering," "salvation," and "glory," in Paul's writings, often go together ( 2 Timothy 2:10 ). (Even the word evangelist –a messenger of the gospel– has its roots in angel.). Regarded from the Old Testament standpoint, which looks prophetically forward to the New Testament (and the Jewish priesthood and Old Testament ritual were in force then when Paul wrote, and continued till their forcible abrogation by the destruction of Jerusalem), it is "the world to come"; Paul, as addressing Jews, appropriately calls it so, according to their conventional way of viewing it. As it is with bookmarked passages, there’s more to the sentence in Isaiah than what’s quoted in here in Hebrews –take notice of the additional wording. 3. Who does the author believe the penman to be? Psalm 22:12-21 predicted the false attempt to quench His thirst (my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth); His piercing (“a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet”) and the dividing of His clothing (“They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing”). Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 5. He is the antitypical Solomon, having for every grain of Abraham's seed (which were to be as the sand for number), "largeness of heart even as the sand that is on the seashore" ( 1 Kings 4:29 ). Thus, this and the following verses are meant to justify his having said, "many sons" ( Hebrews 2:10 ). Hebrews 2 Do Not Neglect Salvation 1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. sons--no longer children as under the Old Testament law, but sons by adoption. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. For--explanation of how His being made like His brethren in all things has made Him a merciful and faithful High Priest for us ( Hebrews 2:17 ). Psalms 8:5-7 praises Jehovah for exalting MAN, so as to subject all the works of God on earth to him: this dignity having been lost by the first Adam, is realized only in Christ the Son of man, the Representative Man and Head of our redeemed race. I will proclaim Your name to My brethren, In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise, Behold, I and the children whom God has given Me. There was the Law with its sacrifices –disclosing that one life had to be sacrificially given so that another life could be saved. Therefore--Because Christ the Mediator of the new covenant is so far ( Hebrews 1:5-14 ) above all angels, the mediators of the old covenant. 21 Save me from the lion’s mouth; From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me. The Believer's Rest. It isn’t a picture of the glorified church in heaven after the rapture. high priest--which Moses was not, though "faithful" ( Hebrews 2:1-18 ). 13 They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. It is a striking feature in Christianity that it unites such amazing contrasts as "our brother and our God" [THOLUCK]. It is the same argument for Jesus being the Christ which Matthew, writing his Gospel for the Hebrews, uses, tracing the genealogy of Jesus from Abraham, the father of the Jews, and the one to whom the promises were given, on which the Jews especially prided themselves (compare Romans 9:4 Romans 9:5 ). So in the main CALVIN remarks here. It’s not the believers who followed Him while He was living on the earth. Analysis Of The Chapter. that through death--which He could not have undergone as God but only by becoming man. to make . . Both law and Gospel came from God; the difference here referred to lay in the instrumentality by which each respectively was promulgated (compare Hebrews 2:5 ). However, this objection is not valid, as the two clauses express distinct ideas; "I will put my trust in Him" expresses His filial confidence in God as His Father, to whom He flees from His sufferings, and is not disappointed; which His believing brethren imitate, trusting solely in the Father through Christ, and not in their own merits. 23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him; All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel. 36 Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. He told His disciples that He was the One who had to die so others could live. He who has thus been shown to be the "Captain (Greek, 'Leader') of salvation" to the "many sons," by trusting and suffering like them, must therefore become man like them, in order that His death may be efficacious for them [ALFORD]. unto glory--to share Christ's "glory" ( Hebrews 2:9 ; compare Hebrews 2:7 , John 17:10 John 17:22 John 17:24 , Romans 8:21 ). Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not … Those traditions form a set of pictures. Nor is it the listeners in the synagogue. Compare "It is finished," Luke 24:26 , John 19:30 . Christ's Sonship (by generation) in relation to God is reflected in the sonship (by adoption) of His brethren. 43 He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”, What is man, that You remember him? Warning #3: Failing to Mature. They were far from Him and so dire circumstances were on the way. Christ, The Way to God. Jesus, by dying, has made the dying His own ( Romans 14:9 ), and has taken the prey from the mighty. was steadfast--Greek, "was made steadfast," or "confirmed": was enforced by penalties on those violating it. according to his own will--God's free and sovereign will, assigning one gift of the Spirit to one, another to another ( Acts 5:32 , Ephesians 1:5 ). The prophecy even said that its message would fall on deaf ears. Until He came, the understanding of salvation was shrouded. which--"inasmuch as it is a salvation which began," &c. spoken by the Lord--as the instrument of proclaiming it. The Father testified –adding clout to His Son’s authority. (2) “Help” is positive (future). But when Jesus came to them (‘his own’), very few received him (John 1:11), so the call went to the Gentiles. He knew exactly what He was doing. Scripture: Hebrews 2:9–13. Whatever effect Christ's work may have on angels, He is not taking hold to help them by suffering in their nature to deliver them from death, as in our case. . But one has testified somewhere, saying, What is man, that You remember him? This says that Jesus is the author of their salvation. 44 And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”. It was partially realized during Isaiah’s lifetime with the devastating Assyrian takeover and captivity of the northern kingdom –and later with the Babylonian takeover of the southern kingdom. and even individuals ( Matthew 18:10 ). I and the children whom God has given me. though unseen by us, save by faith; hereafter all things shall be subjected to Him visibly and fully. There is no more death for believers. 15. fear of death--even before they had experienced its actual power. You have made him for a little while lower than the angels [messengers]; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And have appointed him over the works of Your hands; You have put all things in subjection under his feet. A son would be born to a virgin and he would be called Immanuel –meaning God is here with us. 6. captain of, &c.--literally, Prince-leader: as Joshua, not Moses, led the people into the Holy Land, so will our Joshua, or Jesus, lead us into the heavenly inheritance ( Acts 13:39 ). Frustrated, the owner made one last appeal for them to honor their rental agreement. (1) The lesson of the first chapter is applied: listen and don’t drift away. "Taste death" implies His personal experimental undergoing of death: death of the body, and death (spiritually) of the soul, in His being forsaken of the Father. (Compare Hebrews 2:3 .) Hebrews Chapter 4 (and the rest of Chapter 3) The Promise of Rest. It was to be like a bride with her husband. by whom are all things," to mark the becomingness of Christ's suffering as the way to His being "perfected" as "Captain of our salvation," seeing that His is the way that pleased Him whose will and whose glory are the end of all things, and by whose operation all things exist. For in that--that is, "For in that" God saith in the eighth Psalm, "He put the all … Man, in his original creation, was set next beneath them. . Every element of His testimony –the signs, the wonders, the miracles and the gifts– was intended to stress the accuracy and urgency of Jesus’ message. 2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. And the outcome of this ordeal would bring punishment for those leaders and for the nation. He had no sin Himself, and "made reconciliation for the iniquity" of all others ( Daniel 9:24 ). The shroud was lifted when Jesus came. || Word meanings are derived from "Strong's Exhaustive Concordance." will I sing--as leader of the choir ( Psalms 8:2 ). Hebrews 2:8 Or him; Hebrews 2:8 Or him; Hebrews 2:8 Or him; Hebrews 2:11 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 12; and in 3:1, 12; 10:19; 13:22. reality. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. This coronation above makes His death applicable for every individual man (observe the singular; not merely "for all men"), Hebrews 4:14 , 9:24 , 1 John 2:2 . "As a physician first tastes his medicines to encourage his sick patient to take them, so Christ, when all men feared death, in order to persuade them to be bold in meeting it, tasted it Himself. Coming to redeem mankind, Christ made Himself a sort of hook to destroy the devil; for in Him there was His humanity to attract the devourer to Him, His divinity to pierce him, apparent weakness to provoke, hidden power to transfix the hungry ravisher. The sinner is brought by that sacrifice into God's favor, which by sin he had forfeited; hence his right prayer is, "God be propitiated (so the Greek) to me who am a sinner" ( Luke 18:13 ). Hebrews Summary. So the man Jesus, though Lord of angels, when He emptied Himself of the externals of His Divinity was in His human nature "a little lower than the angels"; though this is not the primary reference here, but man in general. "He who suffers for another, not only benefits him, but becomes himself the brighter and more perfect" [CHRYSOSTOM]. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. in all things--which are incidental to manhood, the being born, nourished, growing up, suffering. In His teaching, He told everyone who listened that He leads those who believe Him into that life –He is the cornerstone (the rock) that salvation is established upon. When Christians drift, he said, they are in turn neglecting the gift of salvation. crownedst him with glory and honour--as the appointed kingly vicegerent of God over this earth (Genesis 1:1-2:25'). He depended on God to take care of him after death. by them that heard him--(Compare Luke 1:2 ). Sure, His life had to precisely line up with the Law –that was the first. (Hebrews 2:14-18). Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.’”). . transgression--by doing evil; literally, overstepping its bounds: a positive violation of it. 3. The first part, Psalm 22:1-11, contains a haunting picture of the tormenting crowd (“All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: ‘He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. This is the subject of Hebrews. one . in that--rather as Greek, "wherein He suffered Himself; having been tempted, He is able to succor them that are being tempted" in the same temptation; and as "He was tempted (tried and afflicted) in all points," He is able (by the power of sympathy) to succor us in all possible temptations and trials incidental to man ( Hebrews 4:16 , 5:2 ). The passage starts out saying that God the Father required His Son to share in mankind’s experiences. God in His electing love, by Christ's finished work, perfectly sanctifies them to God's service and to heaven once for all: then they are progressively sanctified by the transforming Spirit "Sanctification is glory working in embryo; glory is sanctification come to the birth, and manifested" [ALFORD]. 46 When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet. But that’s just what Jesus was doing –He was trusting His Father with His eternity. The salvation we have in Christ (1-4) II. Actually, angel means messenger. . be, &c.--rather as Greek, "that He might become High Priest"; He was called so, when He was "made perfect by the things which He suffered" ( Hebrews 2:10 , Hebrews 5:8-10 ). The Death Angel killed all the firstborn in Egypt who didn’t have the lamb’s blood on their doorposts. Though Paul had a special and independent revelation of Christ ( Galatians 1:16 Galatians 1:17 Galatians 1:19 ), yet he classes himself with those Jews whom he addresses, "unto us"; for like them in many particulars (for example, the agony in Gethsemane, Hebrews 5:7 ), he was dependent for autoptic information on the twelve apostles. This agrees with Hebrews 2:11 , "He that sanctifieth," that is, consecrates them by Himself being made a consecrated offering for them. 11. he that sanctifieth--Christ who once for all consecrates His people to God ( Jude 1:1 , bringing them nigh to Him as the consequence) and everlasting glory, by having consecrated Himself for them in His being made "perfect (as their expiatory sacrifice) through sufferings" ( Hebrews 2:10 , Hebrews 10:10 Hebrews 10:14 Hebrews 10:29 , John 17:17 John 17:19 ). Christ came to bring us into His family (10-18) 19 But You, O Lord, be not far off; O You my help, hasten to my assistance. Hebrews 2. The Latin epigram says, Mors mortis morti mortem nisi morte tu lisset, Æternæ vitæ janua clausa foret. Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. There were the priesthood, the tabernacle, the ark, the feasts –and the Law. A Psalm of David. God the Father, personified by the parable’s vineyard owner, cared so much that He sent His Son –not merely human messengers– to reestablish mankind’s righteous relationship with Him. Death's power was manifest; he who wielded that power, lurking beneath it, is here expressed, namely, Satan. “For both He who sanctifies [that’s Jesus] and those who are sanctified [that’s believers] are all from one Father.” Since He, and now they, have the same Father, “He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”. Paul said that we must keep the Word of God at our core in order to ward off sin. After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. took not on him, &c.--rather, "It is not angels that He is helping (the present tense implies duration); but it is the seed of Abraham that He is helping." are partakers of--literally, "have (in His purpose) been partakers" all in common. “Behold, I and the children whom God has given me” “are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion” (Isaiah 8:18). But now--As things now are, we see not yet the all things put under man. In fact, this triplet points to a fuller description of His experience on the cross. 12. Behold, I and the children whom God has given me, are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion, vineyard and put a wall around it and dug a wine press in it. Sin is not, in the original constitution of man, a necessary attendant of manhood, so He had no sin. Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel, they do not, without much care, retain what is poured into them. For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard. (Hebrews 2:1-3). But there was another aspect of the parable –one that hinted about Jesus’ future. . (Read Hebrews 2:1-4) Christ being proved to be superior to the angels, this doctrine is applied. By experiencing death like everyone else, Jesus showed that it’s only a stepping stone in eternal life with His Father –a life that begins at salvation. To Him, it was worth the excruciating price. The ground of His exaltation is "on accoumt of His having suffered death" ( Hebrews 2:10 , Philippians 2:8 Philippians 2:9 ). Nowhere, except in Psalms 110:4 , Zechariah 6:13 , and in this Epistle, is Christ expressly called a priest. Most notably, it’s the prophets. Introduction. . all things--Greek, "the universe of things," "the all things." For--giving a reason why "the grace of God" required that Jesus "should taste death." For the choir director; on the Gittith. Let’s digress a bit. let them slip--literally "flow past them" ( Hebrews 4:1 ). Verses 12 and 13 of this Hebrews chapter steer readers toward Scriptures that foretold His death (Psalm 22 and Isaiah 6-8). 10 Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb. Argument a fortiori. 4. them--rather, "God also [as well as Christ, Hebrews 2:3 ] bearing witness to it," &c. joining in attestation of it." a. What message was the penman trying to convey to the Hebrew people? He fully paid (propitiated) the penalty for all sin so there is no reason to be afraid of God inflicting punishment on believers. 26 The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Well, making something perfect is another way of saying making it complete. The parable warned them that they were about to lose their prominence –other tenants (those who believed Jesus and put their trust in Him) were about to become God’s primary priests. divers miracles--Greek, "varied (miraculous) powers" ( 2 Corinthians 12:12 ) granted to the apostles after the ascension. Hebrews was obviously written before what event? In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to … 2. So the discourses of Jesus, for example, the Sermon on the Mount, and the first proclamation of the Gospel kingdom by the Lord ( Matthew 4:17 ), he could only know by the report of the Twelve: so the saying, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" ( Acts 20:35 ). The forfeited inheritance (according to Jewish law) was ransomed by the nearest of kin; so Jesus became our nearest of kin by His assumed humanity, in order to be our Redeemer. The latter –the Law– told how the various pictures were to be presented using the Hebrews’ life-experiences to form a visual collage. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death. In Hebrews 8:2; Hebrews 9:11 the word tabernacle however means the heavenly sanctuary. Each fresh aid given Him assured Him, as it does them, of aid for the future, until the complete victory was obtained over death and hell Philippians 1:16 [BENGEL]. You have been my God from my mother’s womb. If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, 42 “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. This proceeds from the corruption of our nature, temptations, worldly cares, and pleasures. To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. Watch Pastor Bob Yandian's summary of Hebrews Chapter 2. Not by Almighty power but by His death (so the Greek) He overcame death. 2:1 "F or this reason" This refers to the truths of chapter 1. " But He also had to be like those He came to die for. Similarly, what Christ did during His ministry is greater than the ministry of the Levitical priests (Hebrews 8:3-6), greater than the old covenant (Hebrews 8:7-13), greater than the old sacrifices (Hebrews 10:1-14), and greater than anything they received at Mount Sinai (Hebrews 12:18-24) — Christ’s ministry is the completion of these things. In 1 John it is communion between Father and sons (sin breaks communion). took part of--participated in. On the cross, whereon as Priest He offered the sacrifice, He had the title "King" inscribed over Him [BENGEL]. For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me. The author of sin is the author of its consequences. 9 O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth! 7. a little--not as BENGEL, "a little time." By doing so, Jesus was able to become the ''Captain,'' or the ''Founder,'' of our salvation. 2. Therefore:Hebrews Chapter 1 establishes the source of the message by the “Son of God” verses prophets. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers. All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him. Translate in the Greek order, to bring out the proper emphasis, "Not the angels hath He," &c. the world to come--implying, He has subjected to angels the existing world, the Old Testament dispensation (then still partly existing as to its framework), Hebrews 2:2 , the political kingdom of the earth ( Daniel 4:13 , Daniel 10:13 Daniel 10:20 Daniel 10:21 , 12:1 ), and the natural elements ( Revelation 9:11 , 16:4 ). g. For the Saviour's participation in the lowness of our humanity is not mentioned till Hebrews 2:14 , and then as a consequence of what precedes. Appropriately also in his Epistles to Gentiles, he dwells on his independent call to the apostleship of the Gentiles; in his Epistle to the Hebrews, he appeals to the apostles who had been long with the Lord (compare Acts 1:21 , 10:41 ): so in his sermon to the Jews in Antioch of Pisidia ( Acts 13:31 ); and "he only appeals to the testimony of these apostles in a general way, in order that he may bring the Hebrews to the Lord alone" [BENGEL], not to become partisans of particular apostles, as Peter, the apostle of the circumcision, and James, the bishop of Jerusalem. The chapter includes additional Old Testament quotes in order to make these points. 9. Hebrews 2:5–18 explains why the Messiah, Jesus Christ, came in the form of a man, rather than being an angel. Contrast with this bondage, the glory of the "sons" ( Hebrews 2:10 ). . 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This feature is not available right now. it became him--The whole plan was (not only not derogatory to, but) highly becoming God, though unbelief considers it a disgrace [BENGEL]. In this Epistle alone His priesthood is professedly discussed; whence it is evident how necessary is this book of the New Testament. power--Satan is "strong" ( Matthew 12:29 ). He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel. Hebrews 2:7 Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands; Hebrews 2:11 Greek all are of one; Hebrews 2:11 Or brothers and sisters. 13. Jun 23, 1996. signs and wonders--performed by Christ and His apostles. The quote in this passage is from the Psalm 8. Salvation presupposes destruction, deliverance from which for us required Christ's "sufferings." In Hebrews 2:6-8 , MAN is spoken of in general ("him . 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