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9) Hebrews - Chapter 2:14 and following
He that had the power of death - that is the devil. The devil has an ambition, but his power is weakened. This is
shown in the meaning of his name:
1) "Diablos" in Greek means "accuser" or "slanderer"
2) "Satan" in Hebrew means "he who hates an enemy"
Pride was probably his downfall:
1st Timothy 3:6: "lest being puffed up, he fall into the condemnation as the devil."
He works to control man:
1) John 12:31 and John 16:11: He is "prince of this world"
2) John 8:34 and 1st Timothy 3:7: He seeks to enslave and ensnare.
His power to accuse man as he did Job of old is gone.
1) He cannot slander us before God, for we have been accepted.
2) Jesus breaks the power of sin, and thus death, the result of sin, is broken.
Hebrews 2:14, 15 - this refers directly to the Gentiles, who had no revelation, but we may say that "all" is world-wide;
Christ is a deliverer for all men, not simply a national hero. This suggests that Christ is the help of man to escape
the works of the devil. This is proven by 1st John 3:8: "That He might destroy the works of the devil."
Were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Bondage is twofold; Bondage to fear is the one specifically meant.
1) Men dread death, work against it; spend money to prolong life and to escape it.
2) Death haunts us, if not for self, for our loved ones.
Bondage to sin is likewise present. See Romans 6:16-18: "Servants of sin unto death." What is the end of those
who are in bondage to fear? The answer is plain.
1) Revelation 20:14-15
2) Matthew 25:46
3) Revelation 22:11
Christ delivers from this end. Romans 8:15: " - received the spirit of adoption."
For verily not to angels doth He give help.
Jesus' coming was for man, not angels. It is also translated, "He took not on Him the nature of angels."
Wherefore it behooved in all things.
He felt a moral necessity, an obligation to do something for man:
a) The nature of God, loving, just, merciful, would require God to seek man
b) Jesus was of the nature of God, so He would feel obligated to save man.
Two things should be considered in the expression, "all things": man has a twofold being - flesh and spirit.
Hebrews 2:17 and following
1) His coming was an act of mercy
2) He showed compassion on earth.
a) John 8:11: " - go and sin no more."
b) Luke 7:13: "He had compassion on her."
c) Matthew 9:36: "Jesus was moved with compassion."
Since Christ experienced all of life, we readily believe that He will be merciful to us.
Christ proved His faithfulness:
a) Luke 9:51: " - He steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem."
b) Matthew 26:39: " - not My will but Thine be done."
c) Matthew 26:52: " I - Put up again thy sword into its place."
d) Hebrews 3:2: "Jesus . . . was faithful."
Jesus was faithful to His purpose in this life. Therefore we know He will be faithful as our High Priest in heaven.
High Priest in all things
On earth He was our sacrifice, in heaven He is our High Priest. The High Priest on earth made sacrifices, and then
went into the Holy Place to make restitution for the sins of the people.
The word propitiation means - a covering or appeasement.
Jesus is a good example of the distress of the soul. Luke 22:44: " - great drops of blood." Matthew 26:38: "My soul
is exceeding sorrowful unto death."
There are three things needed by the one that is tempted:
1) Strength to withstand
a) Philippians 4:13: "I - through Christ"
b) 1st Corinthians 10:13: "God will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able to bear"
c) Ephesians 6:13: "may be able to withstand"
2) Consolation for the spirit
a) Matthew 5:11: "Blessed are ye"
b) 1st Peter 1:6-7: "Rejoice"
a) 2nd Peter 2:9: "- The Lord knoweth how to deliver the Godly."
b) 1st Corinthians 10:13: "- a way of escape."