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Discussion Guide - Jesus: The Pioneer of Our Salvation (Hebrews 2:5-9)

 

 

DAILY READINGS

Monday: Hebrews 2:5-9

Tuesday: Hebrews 2:5; Deuteronomy 32:8; Daniel 10:20-21; 12:1

Wednesday: Hebrews 2:6-8; Psalm 8

Thursday: Hebrews 2:8; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

Friday: Hebrews 2:9; Philippians 2:1-11

 

MAIN POINT

Jesus fulfills humanity’s purpose of ruling over the world.

 

SUMMARY

When God created people, he created them in his image to rule over the whole earth (Genesis 1:26-28). In Psalm 8, David reflects on humanity in its pre-fallen state. Looking at the stars in the sky, he marvels that the God who created such a vast universe should pay attention and give such great honor to humans. 

But because of sin, not everything has been put “in subjection under [humanity’s] feet” (2:8). We sin, suffer, get sick, and die. Though God’s purpose for us was to rule, there’s now much about this fallen world that rules us.

But Psalm 8 doesn’t just describe humanity’s past. According to the author of Hebrews, it describes our future. By sending Jesus, God began the process of restoring humanity’s rule over creation. Jesus was truly human, and because he suffered death on the cross for sinners, he’s been “crowned with [the] glory and honor” (2:9) that humanity had lost in the fall.  

What does this have to do with angels (2:5)? According to an interpretation of Deuteronomy 32:8, “the administration of the various nations [was] parceled out among a corresponding number of angelic powers.”[1] So there was the “prince of Persia”, the “prince of Greece” (Daniel 10:20-21), and Michael, “the great prince” of Israel (Daniel 12:1).

But whatever governance angels have over the nations, they only serve those meant to rule (1:14). In fact, the Son that the angels were said to worship in chapter 1 is now revealed to be a human being, Jesus, who by coming into the world was “for a little while…made lower than the angels” (2:9).

While much of the world is still not subject to us, “we see him” (2:9) who is truly God and truly man, sitting at the Father’s right hand until all things are subjected to him (1:13).

 

DISCUSS

 

Read Genesis 1:26-28 and Psalm 8. Based on these passages, how would you describe God’s perspective on humans? How should this perspective inform the way we treat other people? How can it encourage us in our own lives? 

In what ways do we “not yet see everything in subjection” to Jesus?  

How does this passage (along with Hebrews 1:13) comfort us when we see and feel the pain of living in a fallen world?

 

MEMORIZE

Hebrews 2:9 – “But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.”

 

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[1] F.F. Bruce, Hebrews, p 71