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6) Hebrews - Chapter 2:5-9
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Verse 5 - For not unto angels did He subject the world to come whereof we speak
Verse 6 - But one hath somewhere testified, saying, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?  Or the Son of man,
that Thou visited him?
Verse 7 - Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set
him over the worlds of thy hands
Verse 8 - Thou didst put all things in subjection under his feet.  For in that He subjected all things unto him, He left
nothing that is not subjected to him, but now we see not yet all things subjected to him.  
Verse 9 - But we behold Him who that been made a little lower than the angels, even Jesus, because of the suffering
of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He should taste death for every man.

For He has not subjected to angels the world to come.  "To come" here means the Christian dispensation, not the
future life.

Footnote to American Standard Version:  "The inhabited earth."  However, observe that it is the inhabited earth to
Was this world subjected to man?  Yes:  See Genesis 1:28: "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be
fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the
birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

Was it ever lost by man?  Yes, but in consequence of sin, man has in a great measure lost his dominion.  See
Genesis 3:15-24.

Was it lost to everyone?  John 12:31:  "Now is the judgment of this world:  now shall the prince of the world be cast
out.  John 14:30, John 16:11:  "The prince of this world hath been judged."  2nd Corinthians 4:4:  "In whom the god
of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the
image of God, should not dawn upon them."  2nd Corinthians 2:2, 1st John 5:19, Revelation 12:9.

Man is:  10 gallons of water, 24 pounds of carbon, 7 pounds of lime, 1 1/4 pounds of phosphorous, 5 teaspoonful of
sugar, 4% teaspoonfuls of salt, some oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, enough iron for 1 large nail.
An estimate of your day:  Your heart beats 103,689 times a day.  Your blood travels 168,000,000 miles.  YOU give
off 85.6 degrees Fahrenheit in heat, which means you generate 450 foot tons of energy.  You exercise 7,000,000
brain cells.

Hebrews 2:7-8:  "Crowned him with glory and honor."  Made him a trinity:  1st Thessalonians 5:23:  "May your spirit,
soul, and body be preserved."  Jesus - Matthew 22:37:  "Love the Lord thy God, with all they heart, thy mind and,
thy soul."

What is man as sin makes him?  Sin makes him brutal:
    1) Cain slew Abel
    2) The wealthy live in luxury, while the poor starve
    3) The Powerful plunge men into war
    4) A man can kidnap babies for gold
    5) A man can live on an animal level, which will bring him to destruction.  2nd Peter 2:10-12, Sin makes him
         dirty and diseased.  Sin makes him rebellious toward God.
This has reference to mankind in general and not to Jesus Christ personally considered, as some have alleged, is
evident from the Psalm itself, as well as from the scope of the apostle's argument.  The 8th Psalm speaks not of any
particular person, but of all mankind.

That thou visited him:  What is the difference between "mindful" and "visitest"?  "Visit" is the effect of God's
mindfulness.  Since God recognized man, He visits man with blessings out of His loving heart.

God visiting is twofold:
    a) He visits for good to bring blessings.
    b) He visits man to punish him.

Thou made him a little lower - rank in creation.  Observe that the footnote in the American Standard version says,
"For a little while lower."  It is still a question with the critics whether the word "little" is expressive of time or degree.

Some say it means "a little while", and designates the abasement of Christ's humiliation.  Since Christ the Logos
would not die, a body was prepared for Him so that He could die, or it represented his servanthood while here on
earth, (I came to do My Father's will).
Thou crowned him with glory and honor - This was true of Adam in his pre-sin state.  Genesis 1, He was given
dominion over the fish, birds, cattle, over all the earth and every creeping thing.

After Adam's sin things became different for man.  The earth brought forth weeds and animals turned upon him, so
that they are now called wild beasts.

Man was the crowning glory of God, but sin caused him to lose much of his dominion.  Christ was lower only as He
took upon himself the role of man.  Man rebels, but God seeks man, man is ungracious, but God is gracious.  This
states the importance of Christ's death.