God’s Covenant With You: The Family

Get Ready For A Lot of Information As You Read The Passage Below

Hebrews 2:5-18

5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified:

“What is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
7 You made him a little lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor
8 and put everything under his feet.”

In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12 He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers;
in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

13 And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again he says,

“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

   I’m So Dizzy My Head Is Spinning

    Sometimes, when I get too much information for me to hear what is actually being said, I borrow from Twitter.  I call for  a time out and say, “T.M.I.” I say “too much information.” I kind of feel that way as I look through this part of “God’s Eternal Life Covenant With You:”  There seems to be more information than I need for grasping the subject at hand; however, before I become so critical, I need to be sure I understand the writer and the ones trying to understand him in the context of history.

    For example, to us,  much of this seems strange; however, to his mostly Jewish audience in the first century, it made plenty of sense.   Angels were a topic they knew about.The verses he quotes, 6-8, are part of a prophetic Psalm regarding the Messiah.  It is Psalm 8. They also knew about this. In explaining it as he does, he is showing how God the Father brought God the Son to His authoritative position of perfection and power.  This gives the author credibility that he knows what he is talking about.  And explaining Jesus this way gives Jesus  the credibility that sets the stage for the various ways Jesus is described in these writings. What else? We also get an explanation of Jesus encounter with the Devil, and how well Jesus identifies with you and me, as the merciful and faithful high priest. We even start to begin to understand how a high priest is even relevant to the 21st century child of God.

     Having said all this, let’s see if I can simplify these statements to get you closer to understanding regarding “God’s Eternal Life Covenant With You.” First he writes, once again about Angels, and he discusses how God did NOT do something with them that God did do with Jesus.  See if you can follow this: God did not put the entire world into the subjections to the Angels. (Verse 5.)  This begs the question: To whom did God subject the world?  He put it in subjection to a man, the son of man (who God cares for.) He, Jesus, was originally put under subjection to the Angels through this process. But get this, eventually he was crowned “with glory and honor.” AND everything, including the Angels,  was put under His feet.

     So basically we have Jesus allowing himself to be demoted from heaven, leaving his pre-existent place in Heaven.  We see him becoming a man who is lower than Angels and then he later get’s authority over everything.  I keep saying this is Jesus that the writer is talking about.  Is this true?  Check out verses 8 & 9, and we can see clearly who it is.

8 and put everything under his feet.”

In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Is The Writer REALLY Talking About Jesus?

      These verses tell us that the person in this Palm is indeed Jesus. Jesus is the one who stepped down and became a little lower than the angels.  Then everything was put under Jesus authority. The writer then explains, that — externally — not everyone sees Jesus as being in authority; nevertheless it is still true. It was Jesus who was crowned with glory and honor.  He even tells why … “because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God, he might taste death for everyone.  Watch for what is coming.  He is about to use this: He is going to connect this with  Jesus becoming empowered to be a part of our family who is empathic with us.  Thus,  he can be the merciful high priest,  after he defeated  death itself and the Devil.  Keep reading please:

10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12 He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers;
in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

13 And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

     In “God’s Eternal Life Covenant With You,” through this process, Jesus brings and brought many brothers and sisters to glory.  It is a part of God’s great deal with you. Yes, everything exist for him and through him. And so, as the writer says, “It is fitting” the author of salvation, Jesus, is perfected through his suffering.  But he does not stop there. He goes on to say that Jesus, the one who makes people holy (through this covenant,)  and the ones whom he is making holy,  are from the same family.  Jesus is not ashamed to call us as such.  If you are a male, he calls you his little brother.  If you are a female, he calls you his little sister.  In other words, we are little brothers and sisters who are in a covenant relationship with our big brother, Jesus. And our big brother  makes it all possible through his covenant. Our older brother, Jesus,  declares God’s name to we who are in this covenant relationship,  and he sings praises with us. Welcome to the family of God, sisters and brothers!

Just Like Jesus and More: Jesus Understands

13 And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again he says,

“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

     The Devil Really Is In These Details

     These verses are beautiful teachings about our big brother, and merciful and faithful high priest. He give us the grace to become like him and even more: If you look closely you will see that Jesus came “down” here to share in our humanity.  He even experienced death.  Why?  He did so to destroy him who holds the power of death. He came to destroy the devil and his works. (Sorry if you don’t believe in the Devil.)  Jesus indeed believed in the Devil, and his purpose was and is to destroy the Devil’s works. (Check out 1 John 3:8.)  He came here to free us whose lives have been held in slavery by our fear of death. Do you fear death?  He can help you with that. He didn’t do this for the fallen Angels or any Angels. He did this for Abraham’s descendants. (Galatians 3:29) He did this for you, and he did this for me.

     Again I ask, Why?  The answer to my “Why” is spelled out in verses 17 and 18:  Jesus had to be made like us,  in every way, in order that he might become “a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for our sins.” Even as important as this is,  he also had to experience this suffering, when he was tempted,  so he would be able to help each of us who are tempted.  Or as verse 18 says,  Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. So we see from these two verses that he atones for our sins, and he is very empathetic with us; just as importantly, he helps us in our temptations and with our temptations, if we let him.

     Making All This As Simple As Possible

  • Jesus started out higher than even the Angels, and voluntarily took a huge demotion.
  •  He stepped down, and he subjected himself to the Angels.
  •  He lived here, died here, bled out his blood here and sacrificed his body here!
  •  He did all this to understand what it is like to be human by becoming human.
  • He did all this to understand our weaknesses and temptations.
  • He did this to really experience, first hand, what it’s like to fear death.
  • He did it to  experience weakness, as we humans experience weakness.
  • He did this to give us the ability to stop fearing death!
  • He tasted it all!  He drank from our cup!  
  • He did it all for us to atone for everyone of our sins! Atonement = 100% forgiveness.
  •  He did it all to defeat the Devil and destroy his work!
  • He did it to be raised from the dead and to be crowned with glory and honor!
  • All God’s children can now live eternally!
  • He did it to live so that you can live eternally!  
  • He did it so that I could live eternally!  
  • He did it all just to make a covenant with humanity!
  • He did it all to make the Eternal Life Covenant With You and Me!  
  • Now, as our merciful and faithful high priest, he mediates God’s Eternal Life Covenant with you and me!

Can I get a Hallelujah and AMEN?

Chaplain Mac

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