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Monday, February 6, 2017

HEBREWS 2:5-8



"For He did not subject to angels the world to come,
concerning which we are speaking.
But one (David) has testified somewhere saying,
'What is man, that You remember him?
Or the Son of Man that You are concerned about him?
You have made him for a little while lower than the angels;
You have crowned Him with glory and honor,
And have appointed Him over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things in subjection under His feet.'
For in subjecting all things to Him,
He left nothing that is not subject to Him.
But now we do not yet see all things subjected to Him."
(The author of Hebrews, writing to the Hebrews,
is quoting from Psalm 8:4-6)



Are we talking about Adam at Creation,
the only one made in the image of God,
the only one who is God-breathed?
He is above angels, below God.
Are we talking about Jesus
the Second Adam here?
What condescension,
In the Incarnation!
What humility!
All of the above.



Yet, only Jesus

"Although He existed in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,
and being made in the likeness of me.
Being found in the appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.  For this reason also,
God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him
the name which is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow,
of those who are in heaven
and on earth and under the earth,
and that every tongue will confess that
Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:9-11)


"And what was never true of the first Adam, even in his most exalted state, is true of the second Adam. the Lord Jesus Christ; and to Him, and to Him alone, it is most evident that the apostle applies these things; and thus He is higher than the angels, who never had nor can have such dominion and consequent glory. (Adam Clarke)




"When I consider Your heavens,
the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars,
which You have ordained;
What is man that You take though of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?"
(Psalm 8:3ff)


I like how John Wesley puts it, "What is man--To the vast expanse of heaven, to the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained? This psalm seems to have been composed by David in a clear moon-shiny and star-light night, while he was contemplating the wonderful fabric of heaven: because in his magnificent description of its luminaries...Thou hast made him--Adam; a--little lower than the angels--That is, next to God.  Such was man as he came out of the hands of his Creator...But these words are also...applicable to the Son of God."




The cost of sin purchased by the first Adam, was paid for by the second Adam, Jesus Christ.
It is when we contemplate our own smallness, what is man-ness, that we can look up and find the one of whom it is said, "You are concerned about him, You care for him."  Not only that, these verses show the progression from Adam to the time when everything will be subject to Him under His feet.  I guess that about covers it!




In these tumultuous times when a duly elected leader of our nations' legitimacy is being challenged, it is a hint that everything is not yet subject to him.  Yep.  It feels like we are on stormy seas, sea sick riding the swells up and down; like we need to wake up our Lord who is sleeping like a baby in the rocking boat as if it is a cradle of the deep rather than a weak and possibly sinking vessel.  In all good time, He will rise up and say, "Peace.  Be still," when He will put everything in subject to Him.











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