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Hebrews 2 – But We See Him

September 25, 2009

Hebrews 2:1-4 is an important section proceeding Chapter 1 and preceding the rest of the letter.  After displaying the identity of the Son in Chapter 1, the author begins chapter 2 with, “Therefore we should pay close attention to what we have heard.”  He makes a stunning point, that if every transgression receives its just desserts,  then “how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” We cannot escape just payment for sins apart from the revealed salvation, which God has witnessed to through his Son, Jesus Christ, those who heard the Lord Jesus, and by God himself through his Spirit in signs and wonders (2:4).

Hebrews 2:5-9 attempts to explains this great salvation further.  The author begins by quoting Psalm 8:

What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,
putting everything in subjection under his feet.

Yet, the author notes that we don’t actually see everything put under the the feet of man.  Here we see the author putting the entire Bible together: Genesis 1-2 — Psalm 8 — Hebrews 2.  Genesis 1-2 is the account of the creation and dominion of man over all of the earth as God’s vice-regent.  Psalm 8 has this same ideal vision of man, and in one sense, David is meant to restore that ideal through his kingship – though it fails.  What we actually see, however, is that from Adam’s fall and on, the earth is not in subjection to man (2:8) but cursed.  Man is not acting as God’s vice-regent over creation, instead we only see curse and rebellion.

Then, the author of Hebrews uses this glorious phrase – “But then we see Him” – He again, quotes Psalm 8, but this time he is referring to the Son.  Though man is cursed by the dominion of sin and death, we see Jesus, who became like us in every way in order to taste death for us and reverse the affects of sin.

It is implicit, however, that in the defeat of the curse of sin, that payment for sin be made.  The problem that author of Hebrews presents is not primarily that man does not have dominion as he should, but that our sin is God’s primary problem towards us.  Yet, “by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone” (2:9).  We see Him, who became like us, suffered, and gloriously paid for sins.

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