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Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

God has not put angels in charge of the world that is going to come. We are talking about that world. There is a place where someone has given witness to it. He said,”What is a human being that you think about him? What is the son of man that you take care of him? You made him a little lower than the angels. You placed on him a crown of glory and honor. You have put everything under his control.” So God has put everything under him. Everything is under his control.
We do not now see everything under his control. But we do see Jesus already given a crown of glory and honor. He was made a little lower than the angels. He suffered death. By the grace of God, he tasted death for everyone. That is why he was given his crown

The author uses Psalm 8:4-6 to talk about man’s position before the fall.

Man was given authority by God to rule over all creatures.

what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority” Ps. 8:4
Then God said, Let us make man in our likeness. Let them rule over the fish in the waters and the birds of the air. Let them rule over the livestock and over the whole earth. Let them rule over all of the creatures that move along the ground.” Gen 1:26

Man had almost the same honor as an angel and everything was under his control. Why is God so mindful of man? Why giving man all these? But since the fall, man lost its ruling power. Man just did not care to preserve this position. This attitude was seen in Esau, he did not care about the privilege he had as a firstborn and sold it to his brother. God sent His Son to die to allow man to reconcile to Him. Why did he care about us? Could not He send all of us to hell like He did with the fallen angels who wanted to take His seat?

In the new heaven and new earth that will come, those who love God will reign with Him (Revelation 20-21). Why is God so mindful of man? Another chance will be given to man. Let’s just hope man will not do the same mistake again!

Man fear lions and dangerous predators. This just shows that “we do not now see everything under his control“.

But there’s a man, Jesus, who now has this crown of glory and honor. The firstborn of this new creation rules! He was also made a little lower than angels when He took a body. He was persecuted, insulted and crucified. Why is the author talking about things all Jews/Christians knew? Is the author of this Epistle wasting ink and paper? Just to introduce some reasons here’s a clip:

Jesus called his disciples friends in John 15:15.
Here is my command. Love each other, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. “I do not call you servants anymore. Servants do not know their master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends. I have told you everything I learned from my Father.

He also calls us brothers and sisters as we’ll see soon…