The Family

Posted: August 11, 2011 by Ty in Spirituality
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Hebrews 2

 

Warning against Neglect

 1 We must therefore pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away. 2 For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding, (A) [a] and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, (B) 3 how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. (C) 4 At the same time, God also testified by signs and wonders, various miracles, and distributions [of gifts] from the Holy Spirit according to His will. (D)

Jesus and Humanity

 5 For He has not subjected to angels the world to come that we are talking about. 6 But one has somewhere testified:

    What is man, that You remember him,

    or the son of man, that You care for him?

    7 You made him lower than the angels for a short time;

    You crowned him with glory and honor [b]

    8 and subjected everything under his feet. (E)

    For in subjecting everything to him, He left nothing not subject to him. As it is, we do not yet see everything subjected to him. (F) 9 But we do see Jesus— made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace He might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor (G) because of the suffering of death. (H)

    10 For it was fitting, in bringing many sons to glory, that He, for whom and through whom all things exist, should make the source [c] of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (I) 11 For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. [d] That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers, (J) 12 saying:

    I will proclaim Your name to My brothers;

    I will sing hymns to You in the congregation. (K) (L)

    13 Again, I will trust in Him. (M) And again, Here I am with the children God gave Me. (N) (O)

    14 Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, He also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil (P)15 and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. (Q) 16 For it is clear that He does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham‘s offspring. 17 Therefore He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service [e] to God, to make propitiation [f] for the sins of the people. (R) 18 For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 2:2 Or valid, or reliable
  2. Hebrews 2:7 Other mss add and set him over the works of your hands
  3. Hebrews 2:10 Or pioneer, or leader
  4. Hebrews 2:11 Or father, or origin, or all are of one
  5. Hebrews 2:17 Lit things
  6. Hebrews 2:17 The word propitiation has to do with the removal of divine wrath. Jesus’ death is the means that turns God’s wrath from the sinner; see [2 Co 5:21].

Cross references:

  1. Hebrews 2:2 : Dt 33:2; Ac 7:53; Heb 1:1;
  2. Hebrews 2:2 : Num 15:30; Heb 10:28;
  3. Hebrews 2:3 : Lk 1:2; Heb 1:2; 10:29;
  4. Hebrews 2:4 : Jn 4:48; Ac 2:22; 1Co 12:4; Eph 1:5;
  5. Hebrews 2:8 : Ps 8:5-7;
  6. Hebrews 2:8 : Jb 7:17; Ps 8:4-6; 1Co 15:25;
  7. Hebrews 2:9 : Ac 2:33; 3:13;
  8. Hebrews 2:9 : Jn 3:16; 2Co 5:15; Php 2:9;
  9. Hebrews 2:10 : Lk 13:32; 24:26; Rm 11:36; Heb 7:28;
  10. Hebrews 2:11 : Mt 28:10; Jn 20:17; Ac 17:28; Heb 10:10;
  11. Hebrews 2:12 : Ps 22:22; Heb 12:23;
  12. Hebrews 2:12 : Ps 22:22;
  13. Hebrews 2:13 : Is 8:17; 12:2; 2 Sm 22:3;
  14. Hebrews 2:13 : Ps 18:2; Is 8:17-18; 12:2; Jn 10:29;
  15. Hebrews 2:13 : Is 8:18;
  16. Hebrews 2:14 : Jn 1:14; 1Co 15:54-56; Col 2:15; 2Tm 1:10; 1Jn 3:8;
  17. Hebrews 2:15 : Rm 8:15; 2Tm 1:7;
  18. Hebrews 2:17 : Php 2:7; Heb 4:15; 5:1-2; 7:26-28;

 

 

The exploration of the Letter to the mysterious church of the Hebrews continues. Further reflections upon what it means to give 10% to God, an amazing thought strikes. Think of the location of our heart and soul, 10% of our physical essence, yet the idea being that these need to be fully given up to God and then that makes every act of life a Holy offering.  Whether it is time, talent or treasure, it is the centering on the Heart, the moving away from neglect.

 

How different would our churches be if we let the old structures blow away in the wind, and we moved to this teaching of offering being ourselves and what happens happens? No longer concerned with money, mortgages, utilities, etc…what if our focus was actually living out of the love of God?
This moves us into the above noted 2nd chapter of Hebrews, keep in mind the idea that the existence of Christos within the Bible mirrors our own walk, God is with us at the moment of beginning (Christ within), then we fall lower than the angels because we choose not to acknowledge the Holy within, but then we are resurrected, reborn if you will when we acknowledge the Holy within transforming ourselves, and the next step is living out of that transformation into our community.

 

Why?

 

Simple, because the story here is neglecting of the story of Family, of Father and Son…the Son that has the Father’s inheritance, the Elder Son, of the family of humanity—hmmm wait a minute, we’re the family of humanity, so that makes Jesus our big brother…which means the stories of our life with God are not empty texts, but whether it’s the Bible or stories of life…these our the stories of family meant to inspire and guide, teach and grow…

 That as this chapter outlines, Jesus, like a good big brother, defeated the bully (The Devil) and we no longer have to worry about succumbing to that nature unless we make a free choice to do so…The big brother has gone before and led the path for us, and allows us to share in the inheritance of the original blessing, being called beloved, very good, and given all of creation to live into out of God’s love.

So thank you Brother, Jesus…

 

 

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