Thursday, February 9, 2017

HEBREWS 2:14-18

This is a beautiful passage that I almost missed before
since my mind has dwelled so much on what
the previous verses have said,
though this last verse is one
of classic comfort.

"Therefore, since the children share in blood and flesh,
He Himself likewise also partook of the same,
that through death He might render powerless
him who had the power of death that is the devil,
and might free those who through fear of death
were subject to slavery all their lives.
For assuredly He does not give help to angels,
but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.
Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things,
so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,
to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered,
He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted."

He came in the flesh.  He took on blood so He could bleed for us.  Why?  He came to fight the eternal battle against the enemy of our soul, the devil, to make him powerless.  The devil had death in his clutches, ever since the Garden of Eden.  He uses it to cause fear, even making men slaves to that fear.  People live death-defying lives, clinging to life here on earth.  But He gives us help, is merciful and faithful, and is making propitiation. No only that, since He was tempted, without sinning, and He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. All because there is something better waiting for us and He wants to bring us through it here and to it there, His kingdom come. 

In the Garden.

through death
through the shedding of blood
and the breaking of His body.
It sounds like communion.
Besides that sacrament,
communion means to share,
to have intimate fellowship.

Oh the mess we've made
since we were kicked out of the Garden!

  Genesis 3:14-15
 speaks in prophetic harmony,
with these verses in Hebrews.
when Adam, Eve and also the serpent, Satan, 
came under the curse.

"Because you (Satan) have done this...
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed (Christ);
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise

Him on the heel."

This is speaking to Eve of her seed
all the way to Mary about her Seed, Christ Himself.

Matthew Henry says it like this...

"The devil is sentenced to be degraded and accursed by God;
detested and abhorred of all mankind;
also to be destroyed and ruined at last by the great Redeemer,
signified by the breaking of his head.
War is proclaimed between the Seed of the woman (Christ)
and the seed of the devil.
It is the fruit of this enmity
that there is a continual warfare between
grace and corruption in the heart of God's people.
Satan, by their corruptions,
buffets them, sifts them, and seeks to devour them.
Heaven and hell cannot be reconciled,
nor light and darkness;
no more can Satan and a sanctified soul.
Also, there is a continual struggle between
the wicked and the godly in this world.
A gracious promise is here made of Christ,
as the Deliverer of fallen man from the power of Satan...
their Saviour is the Seed of the woman,
bone of our bone (Hebrews 2:14)
His sufferings and death pointed at is
the bruising of his heel, that is, His human nature. His sufferings...
By His death He gave a fatal blow
to the devil's kingdom,
a wound to the head of this serpent...
Satan falls."

"That through death
He might render powerless,
him who had the power of death,
that is the devil."
(Hebrews 2:14)

This dance between the Old Testament,
from the beginning prophecy to this letter to the Hebrews,
is beautiful to behold.

It reminds us that we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.
Our Redeemer has the power over death.
The only thing the devil can do is lie to you.
He wants us to still be enslaved by a fear of death.
But he is powerless,
except his forked tongue
seeks to beguile and tempt.
Christ's heel is coming down to crush his head,
so don't listen to him (the devil) anymore.

I'm okay if someone wants to hand me a tame, non-poisonous snake.  I won't scream or anything, but I'd rather not, if you know what I mean.  I have no love of snakes.  I just don't want to be surprised by one.  My natural inclination is to run!  Or to kill!  Yep.  That's what we should do when Satan comes in the form of temptation.  Jesus knows how to help us when tempted.
Run to Him.
He's going to kill the ol'snake.

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