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Read Hebrews 2

Warning to Pay Attention

1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Jesus Made Fully Human

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

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

In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, 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 and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
    in the assembly 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 break the power of 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 them, fully human 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.

Go Deeper

“I’m unlovable. I’m too far gone. If people knew who I really was on the inside, they wouldn’t …”

These lies circulate throughout our minds. Whether right now or in the past, these thoughts cause us to mentally and physically distance ourselves from community, from church, from hope, and from grace. We feel ashamed of what we did last night, last week, last year. We question our identity. We feel unequipped to lead because we feel like an imposter.  

But no matter who you are, what you have seen, or what you have done, Jesus knows—and He still chose you. No addiction, anxiety, thought, or action is too much for Him. Jesus has been walking alongside you through it all, waiting for you to grab ahold of his hand. He suffered to save you and transform your broken and corrupt mind into something beautiful and restored (Romans 12:2).

As the world tried to crown Him with thorns, God “crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet” (vs 7-8). Nothing is outside of His control. No temptation you face is too much for Him to help you through; “for because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (vs 18).

Jesus came to free us from our life of slavery to sin. He already defeated the one who holds the power of death (the devil), and He is welcoming you to life and fullness in Him. He calls us family, sons and daughters of an eternal King. He intercedes for us with the Father. The high priest is forgiving and merciful and He is ready to take our pain so we don’t have to hold on to it anymore. Instead of being bound by our past and our guilt, Jesus broke the chains of sin and death so we can sprint toward Him and dance in the freedom He gives us.

Questions

  1. What guilt have you held onto that has kept you from sprinting in full pursuit of Jesus?
  2. What characteristics of Jesus stood out to you today?
  3. Have you mentally disqualified yourself from Jesus’ love? If so, how can you turn toward Him today? 

Did You Know?

The word spoken through angels describes the Mosaic Law, which was received some way by the direction of angels (Acts 7:53). The idea that angels played a part in bringing the Law to Moses is found in Deuteronomy 33:2, Acts 7:53, and in Galatians 3:19. Josephus also repeated this idea in his ancient history (Antiquities, 15.53).

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2 thoughts on “Hebrews 2”

  1. As I was reading this chapter, I was struck by how almost every verse reveals that it is God’s initiation, His work, His provision, His plan, His help, His power,..,ALL HIM! Such a beautiful reminder. By Him, through Him, and to Him. Praise and thanks be to God!

  2. Wow! This chapter opens with a warning we would do well to heed: Pay close attention to the truth revealed in the Word. God knows our fickle hearts are prone to wander and forget. If we neglect and refuse to heed his truth, dire consequences will come. God lovingly woos & warns to draw our hearts to his. He is ALWAYS for us! May we fully recognize JESUS who suffered death to sanctify all who would believe & receive his grace gift. He is our faithful and merciful High Priest. (Remember the blood sacrifices in Exodus?) Let’s celebrate that we are part of “the sons & daughters he is bringing to glory”. We are his family! He has brought us close & grafted us in because he loves us. Let’s live radical lives reflecting his character to those around us and let our satisfaction be found in Him alone.

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