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Hebrews 2:8b-13

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Hebrews 2:8b-13

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HEBREWS 2:8b “FOR IN THAT HE PUT ALL IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIM, HE LEFT NOTHING THAT IS NOT PUT UNDER HIM. BUT NOW WE SEE NOT YET ALL THINGS PUT UNDER HIM.”

God created man to rule creation, but since man rebelled against God; the creation has been allowed to rebel against man. We were made to be kings, but our crown is tarnished, our throne is stained. Instead of rest and ease, we have to labor and toil.

Man was meant to have dominion, but instead, as Paul rightly put it, “Sin hath reigned” (RM 5:21). Instead of being a race of sovereigns, we have been a race of murderers, liars, thieves, and gluttons. The story of humanity is not a pleasant one.

In viewing our world, it is easy to be pessimistic. Nature is in rebellion against us. We hear of earthquakes, floods, famines, and storms. We also groan over our rebellion against God. The news tells us of wars, oppression, cruelty, and selfishness.

We see folly, godlessness, and ineptness, all around us. It would be easy to adopt a position of fatalistic despair. Many do. Believers, however, see something, which rescues them from abject cynicism. We cast our gaze into another world, and the sight enraptures us. What is this heart-lifting sight? What can rescue me from an attitude of despondency? Our author says,

HEBREWS 2:9a “BUT WE SEE JESUS,”

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Heb. 2:17b “…that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest..

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HEBREWS 2:17-18

Introduction: These verses introduce the distinctive teaching of this book. Hebrews is the only New Testament book to call Jesus High Priest. The Jews believed that Messiah would be Prophet, King, and High Priest. Jesus fulfilled all three roles.

Heb. 2:17a “Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren,…”

“Behooved” denotes necessity. A person cannot serve as a priest unless he is one with the people he represents. That He might truly represent us before the Father, Jesus became one of us. He condescended to take our nature.

A Gallic lord being led to martyrdom in company with others, saw that, out of regard to his rank, the officers put on him no chains; upon which he cried, “Let me, I pray you, be clipped of none of my honors; I, too, for love of Jesus would wear chains!” (Coley). Even so Jesus set aside His rank and shared our lot. There was no other way for Him to become our High priest.

Heb. 2:17b “…that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest..

“Merciful” refers to relieving misery. “Faithful” means being reliable and unfailing. Such a High Priest would appeal to first century Jews. The office had become political. Rather than being a position of mercy and faithfulness, it had become one of intrigue, cruelty, insolence, and greed. This was not the case with Jesus. He is a High Pri