The Weekend Word
5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.
- Back to the angels – Interesting Deut 32:8 “When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the bordersof the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.”
- LXX – “…according to the number of the angels of God.”
- The writer makes a striking point when he throws in ‘the world to come’.
- ***The world to come – there IS a new world to come***
- This existence, this world, what we go through is not God’s final world.
- ***Read Rev 21*** – “No more Tears –No more Death – No more Mourning – No more Crying and No more Pain.
6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?
- I love the way the writer says – ‘somewhere’ – somewhere in the Bible.
- Verses 6-8 – the quotation from Psalm 8: 4-6
- What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
- 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;you have put all things under his feet,
- *** Who is the Psalmist Speaking of?***
- The Psalmist is writing about Adam
- *** Who is the writer to the Hebrews Speaking of?***
- The writer to the Hebrews sees Jesus in his earthly state.
- Man = Mankind – which today = Person kind – he / she kind
- What we see here are references to ***God’s sovereignty and providential care of the Human Race***
- And placing humans over the earth.
- ***Son of Man – Dan 7:13*** “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.”
- Son of man = his deity not his manhood.
7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor.
- When was Jesus made lower than the angels?
- Verse 9 makes it clear that the writer has moved from Adam to Jesus.
- What is the relationship between Adam and Jesus?
- Jesus is the 2nd & greater Adam
- Romans 5:12-21 – v12Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… v18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous..
- Verse 19 – what do you think about it?
- Who did Jesus do this for? Everyone or just the Elect?
- Is everyone going to heaven? NO!
- Is everyone rising again to Eternal Life? YES!
8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.
- ***What is included in EVERYTHING?***
- Everything means everything – and that includes the angels.
- ***Who controls EVERYTHING?***
- Nothing is outside the control of Jesus.
- Putting everything in subjection under his feet
- Do we see that now? No, just look at the world – but it is true.
9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
- It took this long into the book to name Jesus by name.
- ***Made lower than the angels***
- This is just an emphasis on his humanness – when Jesus came to earth be took on a body just as we have, with all its problems and limitations.
- Jesus is NOT God in a people suit – The Movie Cocoons
- What are some limitations we have with bodies?
- Think about the decision to become man – it was for a period of time here on earth – to accomplish something.
- But it was for all time, Jesus is fully God and fully man forever.
- Crowned with glory & honor – this is his current state.
- ***Tasting death for everyone***
- This is the purpose of the death of Jesus.
- There was a Rabbinic saying “Taste the cup of death.”
- What was said to James & John when they wanted a special position?
- “Can you drink of the cup I will drink of?”
- Jesus didn’t just make this up – this was backed by a whole Jewish tradition.
- What was in the cup? Death!! Jesus did not just sip at this cup – he gulped it down – he gulped down death for all.