Actually, angel means messenger. sons--no longer children as under the Old Testament law, but sons by adoption. Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. Let your heart live forever! Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. How majestic is Your name in all the earth. He rented it to some farmers who were to care for it –and be fruitful with it. . Hebrews Summary. Definition of a priest, Chapter 5:1-10. From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength. Priesthood of Melchisedec. Contrast with this bondage, the glory of the "sons" ( Hebrews 2:10 ). But mainly "in like manner"; not in mere semblance of a body, as the Docetæ heretics taught. You have been my God from my mother’s womb. Hebrews 2. a) … "That thou mightest still the enemy and avenger" ( Psalms 8:2 ). 3 Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. The Hebrew, "Enosh" and "Ben-Adam," express "man" and "Son of man" in his weakness: "Son of man" is here used of any and every child of man: unlike, seemingly, the lord of creation, such as he was originally (Genesis 1:1-2:25'), and such as he is designed to be ( Psalms 8:1-9 ), and such as he actually is by title and shall hereafter more fully be in the person of, and in union with, Jesus, pre-eminently the Son of man ( Hebrews 2:9 ). Nowhere, except in Psalms 110:4 , Zechariah 6:13 , and in this Epistle, is Christ expressly called a priest. Hebrews 2:1-18 . 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 ). The official words and acts of all the prophets find their antitype in the Great Prophet ( Revelation 19:10 ), just as His kingly office is antitypical to that of the theocratic kings; and His priestly office to the types and rites of the Aaronic priesthood. When Abraham’s knife was ready to plunge, a substitute miraculously appeared just in time to take Isaac’s place on the altar. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and Heb3: Jesus has more honour than Moses. 2 O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest. power--Satan is "strong" ( Matthew 12:29 ). Isaiah (meaning "salvation of Jehovah") typically represented Messiah, who is at once Father and Son, Isaiah and Immanuel ( Isaiah 9:6 ). . 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 ). In order to serve as a true example, He had to experience our human suffering and temptation. one . 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? (Hebrews 2:12-13). So in the main CALVIN remarks here. 36 Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to … to make reconciliation for the sins--rather as Greek, "to propitiate (in respect to) the sins"; "to expiate the sins." Basically, God created the world and then made an agreement with the people living in it: if they put their faith in him, he would be their God. "The world to come" is the new dispensation brought in by Christ, beginning in grace here, to be completed in glory hereafter. 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 ). 12. Nor is it the listeners in the synagogue. Christ came to bring us into His family (10-18) For in that--that is, "For in that" God saith in the eighth Psalm, "He put the all … The prophets after Moses carried God’s warnings to the people –to bring them back on course in their role as His priests. 16 For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. Christ, the antitypical Prophet, similarly, instead of the human confidences of His age, Himself, and with Him GOD THE FATHER'S children (who are therefore His children, and so antitypical to Isaiah's children, though here regarded as His "brethren," compare Isaiah 9:6 ; "Father" and "His seed," Isaiah 53:10 ) led by Him, trust wholly in God for salvation. The second chapter of Hebrews continues the comparison of Jesus and the angels –in regard to their messages –and to the functions they perform. Still, in the present world, natural and social, angels are mediately rulers under God in some sense: not so in the coming world: man in it, and the Son of man, man's Head, are to be supreme. But there was another aspect of the parable –one that hinted about Jesus’ future. a. All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the L. And all the families of the nations will worship before You. He –the Son of God, God in human form– would remind them of their agreement (the Old Covenant) one last time. 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. 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. was steadfast--Greek, "was made steadfast," or "confirmed": was enforced by penalties on those violating it. The devil uses the fear of the unseeable hereafter to keep people’s minds enslaved to the here-and-now of their problems, possessions, creations, successes and failures –rather than on their Creator. "God makes of sons of men sons of God, because God hath made of the Son of God the Son of man" [ST. AUGUSTINE on Psalm 2]. and didst set him over the works of thy hands--omitted in some of the oldest manuscripts; but read by others and by oldest versions: so Psalms 8:6 , "Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands.". Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. A Psalm of David. 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. By doing so, Jesus was able to become the ''Captain,'' or the ''Founder,'' of our salvation. Read this chapter in full. Jun 23, 1996. Peculiarities. Messiah declares the name of the Father, not known fully as Christ's Father, and therefore their Father, till after His crucifixion ( John 20:17 ), among His brethren ("the Church," that is, the congregation), that they in turn may praise Him ( Psalms 22:23 ). Furthermore, God the Father adopts everyone who puts their trust in His Son. testified--the usual way of quoting Scripture to readers familiar with it. Behold I and the children, &c.--( Isaiah 8:18 ). took part of--participated in. Preceding others by His example, as well as the originator of our salvation. Chapter 2 builds on the “since”, the source of the Message, the “Son of God”, therefore we need to take what He said 37 But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ 39 They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Verse 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward. 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. 22 I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. He told His disciples that He was the One who had to die so others could live. The same Greek verb is used in 2 Timothy 1:10 , "abolished death." Hebrews chapter 2 continues the main theme of chapter 1: distinguishing Jesus from angels. . The power which death has Satan wields. 18. This feature is not available right now. 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. recompense--( Deuteronomy 32:35 ). in all things--which are incidental to manhood, the being born, nourished, growing up, suffering. Bringing to the end of troubles, and to the goal full of glory: a metaphor from the contests in the public games. 2:1 "F or this reason" This refers to the truths of chapter 1. " “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, they replied, and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”. This is the subject of Hebrews. 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." "Sons" ( Hebrews 2:10 ), "brethren" ( Hebrews 2:12 ), and "children," imply His right and property in them from everlasting. 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. 13 They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion. 3. They will come and will declare His righteousness. From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me. all their lifetime--Such a life can hardly be called life. From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter … the author was an early Christian because Hebrews was used by Clement of Rome in A.D. 95 (for example, 1 Clement 17; 36) and probably by Polycarp (for example, To the Philippians 6.12) and Hermas (for example, Visions 2.3.2; 3.7.2; Similitudes 9.13.7). The latter –the Law– told how the various pictures were to be presented using the Hebrews’ life-experiences to form a visual collage. Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. In respect to the subjecting of all things to Christ in fulfilment of Psalms 8:1-9 , the realization is still "to come." 4 In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them. The farmers killed some of them and wounded the others. 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. Hebrews Chapter 3 Greater Than Moses. visitest--lookest after him, as one present. But one has testified somewhere, saying, What is man, that You remember him? (See: Hebrews 10:19,20; John 3:13,25-31; II Corinthians 6:2; Matthew 11:11; Acts 2:29-36; John 14:2) God’s dealings with the natural seed of Abraham were designed to prepare them for this special call. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 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. Hebrews 2. 3. we--who have received the message of salvation so clearly delivered to us (compare Hebrews 12:25 ). In the beginning, God did a whole bunch of stuff. 4. Jesus told the parable in Matthew 21:33-46 about a man who owned a vineyard. . … 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! g. . Paul said that we must keep the Word of God at our core in order to ward off sin. The Believer's Rest. The remaining two quotes are from Isaiah 8. Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. 28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s And He rules over the nations. 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 . . 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 ). There were the priesthood, the tabernacle, the ark, the feasts –and the Law. To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. It isn’t a picture of the glorified church in heaven after the rapture. The passage starts out saying that God the Father required His Son to share in mankind’s experiences. "Signs" and miracles, or other facts regarded as proofs of a divine mission; "wonders" are miracles viewed as prodigies, causing astonishment ( Acts 2:22 Acts 2:33 ); "powers" are miracles viewed as evidences of superhuman power. The meanings of their names tell the familiar story. Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him? 3. Who does the author believe the penman to be? Salem Media Group. 7. a little--not as BENGEL, "a little time." In Colossians 1:16 the same is said of Christ. There was the Law with its sacrifices –disclosing that one life had to be sacrificially given so that another life could be saved. Hebrews 4 offers true Sabbath rest for the people of God through faith in Christ. 1. 11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. Paul mentions what they had heard, rather than what they had seen, conformably with what he began with, Hebrews 1:1 Hebrews 1:2 , "spake . 4. them--rather, "God also [as well as Christ, Hebrews 2:3 ] bearing witness to it," &c. joining in attestation of it." Hebrews Chapter 2 also warns against drifting. Then, with His resurrection, He proved that life continues on after physical death. Hebrews 2:1-18—Read the Bible online or download free. 10 Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he … Hebrews Chapter 1 Questions. Man, in his original creation, was set next beneath them. 6 But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people. Sonship, holiness ( Hebrews 2:11 ), and glory, are inseparably joined. though unseen by us, save by faith; hereafter all things shall be subjected to Him visibly and fully. When it is said, Exodus 20:1 , "God spake," it is meant He spake by angels as His mouthpiece, or at least angels repeating in unison with His voice the words of the Decalogue; whereas the Gospel was first spoken by the Lord alone. So Hebrews 10:14 Hebrews 10:29 , John 17:19 : by the perfecting of His consecration for them in His death, He perfects their consecration, and so throws open access to glory ( Hebrews 10:19-21 , Hebrews 5:9 , 9:9 accord with this sense). 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. art mindful--as of one absent. Believers belong not to this present world course, but by faith rise in spirit to "the world to come," making it a present, though internal. Outline: I. (Hebrews 2:14-18). Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him? In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. There would be a sign that this was about to take place. ( Psalms 22:22 .) 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]. The authors say, "Therefore let us go on toward perfection..." giving a list of the basic teachings of … God’s method for ensuring truthful, binding testimony required two or more witnesses to present the same account. 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. The prophecy began with a diagnosis of the people’s hearts. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. though He had no need" [CHRYSOSTOM]. Hebrews 2:5–18 explains why the Messiah, Jesus Christ, came in the form of a man, rather than being an angel. The prophets relayed messages from God. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce. flesh and blood--Greek oldest manuscripts have "blood and flesh." And You crown him with glory and majesty! He was actually made so, when He entered within the veil, from which last flows His ever continuing intercession as Priest for us. 2. All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him. But that’s just what Jesus was doing –He was trusting His Father with His eternity. "Had not death by death borne to death the death of Death, the gate of eternal life would have been closed". his brethren--( Hebrews 2:11 ); "the seed of Abraham" ( Hebrews 2:16 ), and so also the spiritual seed, His elect out of all mankind. The Father testified –adding clout to His Son’s authority. (1) The lesson of the first chapter is applied: listen and don’t drift away. crownedst him with glory and honour--as the appointed kingly vicegerent of God over this earth (Genesis 1:1-2:25'). Over the years the owner sent messengers to collect a portion of the produce as payment. and details minutely His sorrows, passes from Christ's sufferings to His triumph, prefigured by the same in the experience of David. destroy--literally, "render powerless"; deprive of all power to hurt His people. I prefer, with CALVIN, understanding, "to make perfect as a completed sacrifice": legal and official, not moral, perfection is meant: "to consecrate" (so the same Greek is translated Hebrews 7:28 ; compare Margin) by the finished expiation of His death, as our perfect High Priest, and so our "Captain of salvation" ( Luke 13:32 ). 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 Messiah had to trust in God. 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 ). || (This page was last updated on Jan 09, 2020), 33 “Listen to another parable. also--Greek, "in a somewhat similar manner"; not altogether in a like manner. I will proclaim Your name to My brethren, In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise. The mediation of angels in the giving of the Law of Moses was not stated at that time, the nearest thing to it being found thus: "He came with ten thousands of saints; from his right hand went a fiery law before them" (Deuteronomy 33:2). At Psalms 22:22 , which begins with Christ's cry, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" it became him--The whole plan was (not only not derogatory to, but) highly becoming God, though unbelief considers it a disgrace [BENGEL]. How majestic is Your name in all the earth! Hebrews 2 – Jesus, Our Elder Brother A. The verb is literally, to help by taking one by the hand, as in Hebrews 8:9 , "When I took them by the hand," &c. Thus it answers to "succor," Hebrews 2:18 , and "deliver," Hebrews 2:15 . And angels announced the births of God’s appointed leaders –like Isaac, Samson, John the Baptist, and of course Jesus. Please try again later. Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel, they do not, without much care, retain what is poured into them. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Although the prophets were mere people, disregarding their messages brought about hardships, captivity by foreign nations and sometimes physical death. Hebrews Chapter 5 Warning Against Apostasy. The same is true for Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Malachi, David and many others –including John the Baptist and Jesus. 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. Verses 12 and 13 of this Hebrews chapter steer readers toward Scriptures that foretold His death (Psalm 22 and Isaiah 6-8). The final fulfillment will take place at the very end –at the Great Tribulation when Jesus comes and the whole world experiences the greatest battle ever. 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