Hebrews 2:8-13… Sin and Death, the cause and the cure.

8 Thou hast put all things in subjection (in obedience, i.e. creatures) under his feet (dominion). For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. (repeated for emphasis) But now we see not yet all things put under him. (pointing out our failure through Adam to be the man God designed)

9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels (flesh) for the suffering of death,(penalty for sin) crowned (adorned) with glory (praise & worship) and honour; (value) that He by the grace (benevolence) of God should taste (experience) death (the penalty) for every man.

  • Numbers 18:22 “Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.”
  • Deuteronomy 21:22-23 “And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.”
  • 2 Kings 14:6 “But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the Lord commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”
  • Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

There is a very deep message here that Paul has already explained in depth in other letters. For example, Romans 8:2 says; “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Remember what God said to Adam?

“in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Some will cry foul and say “well, Adam didn’t die he had kids and things went right along.” Ok, sure. Let dig out some scripture. 2 Peter 3:8 tells us “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Now can measure that against Genesis 5:5 “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.”

10 For it became (was suitable and proper) him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain (chief leader) of their salvation (Salvation from Moral Failure and Death into Eternal Life) perfect (complete) through sufferings.

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning* God created the heaven and the earth.” *H7225 רֵאשִׁית Be-re’shiyth (Bet ray-sheeth’) n-f. 1. the first, in place, time, order or rank.

The word “beginning” or Be-re’shyit contains the Hebrew letters Bet, Resh, Aleph, Shin, Yod and Tav. These were pictographic images, in the paleo Hebrew, with each letter creating their own word. The word ‘beginning’ here is translated by the individual Hebrew letters thusly; Bet is Tent/house, Resh is head/father, Aleph means leader, Shin is a set of fangs/teeth meaning piercing, Yod is a hand/arm and Tav is a set of Crossed sticks. The full understanding of the word ‘beginning’ should be; “The head of the house of the Father, shall bring the covenant, his arm pierced by the nail, on a cross.”

  • Proverbs 8:22-36 “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world? When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”

11 For both he that sanctifieth (to set apart unto God) and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

  • Matthew 15:24 “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel.
  • Matthew 10:5-7 “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Paul is locking in to the position that humanity holds when they are in Covenant with God through Jesus Christ. The word ‘Hebrew’ means “set apart”. Moreover, the word ‘Israel” is the combination of two words, yashar~El meaning the “upright of God”. The term ‘House’ is interchangeable to the word ‘Family’ in the ancient Hebrew mindset.

It is with this in mind that I want to strive to be accepted as a Hebrew and an Israelite in the spiritual sense. I no longer want the label of ‘Christian’, as it is a misnomer for the majority, when they deny the “Law” they also deny the lawgiver.

12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church (called out assembly) will I sing praise unto thee.

The whole of Psalm 22 should be digested word for word but we will take a snippet here: Psalm 22:22-25 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

  • John 10:29-30 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

God established the Everlasting Covenant with mankind and we tarnished our end of the deal. Adam disobeyed the law/instructions of God. God redeems Adam in Genesis 3:21 covering him in His grace. The same is manifest in the propitiate atonement of Jesus.

What separates, or sets us apart, from the world is our desire to fulfil our end of the relationship. As the Bride we want to follow our husband and the house/family rules. Not as a condition of safety, moreover, as an act of love, respect and honor. When we fall short we have Jesus to cover us in that same grace. Paul will tell us later in Hebrews of the action of assimilation into this family/house.

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