Saturday, 11 August 2012

Hebrews 2

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.

5 comments:

Susan said...

v.4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

"Signs" emphasizes that the miracles signify something
"Wonders" emphasizes the awe that the miracles produced
"Miracles" emphasizes their supernatural origin
"Gifts" emphasizes the graciousness of God
(From Constable’s commentary)

Susan said...

v.8-9 In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus…

“At present we do not see…” Yet one day we will. One day we well see everything as God intended.

Susan said...

v.10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.

Some translators have, “the author of their salvation” instead of “pioneer of their salvation” either way it speaks of Jesus as the originator.

Also Jesus was made perfect through suffering. Perfect as in complete and mature. Maturity and perfection come through growth which requires suffering.

Susan said...

v.14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Jesus defeated in the devil in the area of his strength, the fear of death. The fear of death can lead to selfishly living for the moment whereas believers can live sacrificial lives because they know death is not the end.

Susan said...

(From Constable’s commentary) Jesus becoming man accomplished God’s purposes for us:
he might taste death for everyone. (v.9)
bringing many sons and daughters to glory (v.10)
break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil (v.14)
free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (v.15)
become a merciful and faithful high priest (v.17)
make atonement for the sins of the people (v.17)
help those who are being tempted (v.18)