Hebrews 2:1-18 Bible Study – Video
Hebrews Chapter 2
Remember from Chapter 1 we discussed that Hebrews is written to Jewish people that have heard the gospel of Jesus but keep running back to the law for salvation. The only type of sin talked about in the first 8-10 chapters is the sin of unbelief. This defines the audience – Jewish people that have heard (tasted) the gospel yet still wont let go of the law). They are unsaved, unbelievers in the full identity of Christ.
Chapter 1 was about a comparison that Jesus is greater than the angels. The logic was if Jesus is Greater than the Angels, then His new message (covenant) is greater than the old one from the angels.
So Chapter 2 starts out telling us this and reminds us of what happened if you didn’t pay attention to the law of Moses. DEAD. It was that of a deal. But we will soon learn, if the law of Moses was such a big deal then how much more of a big deal will it be for them if they ignore this covenant made through Jesus.
So follow us as we learn more about this letter to the Hebrew audience.
[Hebrews 2:1-3] 2 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,
Verse 2 shows us the law did not change. It’s the strictest thing ever. It’s perfect. It’s Holy. It so perfect that it kills us that aren’t. And that would be everyone on planet earth.
And the point is how much more should you respect this new message. And why would you neglect this great salvation and hold on to the law, which will kill you.
[Hebrews 2:4-5] 4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. 5 For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. 6 But one has testified somewhere, saying,
Next some Old Testament quotes comparing Jesus with Angels again. And the point is DON’T elevate the message from angels over Jesus.
[Hebrews 2:6-8]“What is man, that You remember him?
Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him?
7 “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;
8 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.
[Hebrews 2:9] 9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
Let stop here and consider what he is saying.
Jesus was willing to humiliate himself
He was willing to be obedient even until death
And he was willing to taste death for US
In a moment we will see the word propitiation, which means “to satisfy a deity”, or satisfy a God.
What this passage is teaching us is anyone TRYING TO SATISFY GOD THROUGH LAW AND WORKS CAN STOP. You don’t have to satisfy your deity because Christ already did it for you, because you couldn’t no matter how hard you tried. Your role? Believe God.
Side Note: Hebrews 9:22 “and according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
There is NOTHING you can do about your sins. Not confessing. Not better performance. I’m not saying confession is bad. I’m saying it has no power for forgiveness of sin. I’m not saying works are bad. I’m saying the don’t have any power either. None. Nadda. Zilch.
[Hebrews 2:10-13] 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying,
Did you read that? God is NOT ashamed to call us brethren. That includes when we struggle.
“I will proclaim Your name to My brethren,
In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.”
13 And again,
“I will put My trust in Him.”
“Behold, I and the children whom God has given Me.”
We were given to Jesus as a gift. Did you know that? Do you see yourself as sinner that just offends God? Well, you’re not. He treasures you, and so does Jesus.
[Hebrews 2:1-14-16] 14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, 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, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.
Again Jesus Compared to Angels, and we already know who wins that competition.
[Hebrews 2:17] 17 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.
He said He was Merciful, Faithful, and was propitiation for our sins. How do we ever get broken fellowship and unanswered prayer theories out of that?
[Hebrews 2:18] 18 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.
Some say the total forgiveness message is a license to sin. That might be true if He was just a priest. But He’s also a counselor that lives in us who helps us when we are tempted. He is our guide. Not the law.
That wraps up Chapter 2 but this letter just gets better so stay with us and continue following us. Until then, thanks for joining us today. God Bless you all.