Hebrews 2:1-4 ¶ Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Wow that is a mouthful. This is also a warning about drifting away. Nevertheless, we must get this and understand it with great clarity because we will be lost if we do not. We in our own selves cannot resist being rebellious. It is our sin nature. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to overcome sinful nature and not slip back into our old ways. This is the problem of all who do not stay steadfast in their faith, always seeking His will in our lives. The advice given here is that we give the more earnest heed to the things, which we have heard.
What is sin? The Bible tells us that sin is transgression against the law. 1John 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. But the wages of that sin, is death. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Every transgression and disobedience does receive a just recompense of reward and we shall not escape it.
No deed will go un- punished in our lives. Yahushua said in Matthew 23:35 that “On you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.” Yahushua was talking to a multitude the day He spoke these words. His disciples were in this crowd too. These words were meant for all humankind because it is humankind that has done the killing. We are all guilty of the death of the first-born child, Abel.
Abel was the very first person that was killed in the Old Testament. He was killed just outside the garden after Adam and Eve were banished. You can read about this in Genesis chapter 4. Zechariah was the last to be killed in the Old Testament. His death was recorded in 2nd Chronicles 24:20-22.
Therefore, we can gather that from A to Z, no sin will go unpunished. It is better to love the Lord God, with all our heart, our entire mind, all our body and all our strength. When Yahushua was talking to the multitude and His disciples that day about the death of Abel and Zechariah, He was saying that all would be guilty of the righteous bloodshed, through the centuries.
We know that it is through Yahushua, Whom has paid the penalty of death for the sin that we would commit. We still suffer the just recompense of our sin, but we no longer have to die or be stoned to death because we have broken His law. We must always be ready to listen and to obey, always ready to carry out His instructions.
If we neglect our salvation, if we neglect to seek His kingdom and His righteousness and continue on a steadfast climb, we will fall behind. Yahushua did not teach anything that was not first spoken by His Father. God gave witness to everything that Yahushua taught both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will? This is how God verified the message that Yahushua taught. Yahushua did not just do that all on His own. This is why we read about Yahushua and how He constantly stayed in communion with His Father. I believe He showed us a pattern which He expects us to keep if we expect to win the race against evil and overcome it.
Hebrews 2:5-9 ¶ For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
I like this short passage because it reminds me of listening in on a conversation. It is as if I hear God saying, “Son, I put You in charge of everything. You are in charge of the angels, the world and make sure that You are mindful when You visit these humans. For a short while You will be made a little lower than the angels but soon, I will raise You up from the dead after You conquer sin and death. I will put You to work and everything will be subject to Your hands and soon after, You will be crowned with glory and honor”
Hebrews 2:10-13 ¶ For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
Yahushua is Lord of all. Doesn’t that give stability to our every day situations that come along? God’s grace led Yahushua to us. He was not interested in power or political ideas. He was interested in saving us from our own self-importance and ourselves. He Himself never claimed to be of any importance at all. He claimed His Father’s work and His Father’s way of life. He never slipped into even thinking about making His own path. We need to look at this Yahushua, learn more about Him and make a determined effort to walk in His path. “It’s not about us either.”
I think that this passage also points out that it was right that God should be the one to bring us back into His glory, through the death of His Son. How could God know what it was like to be a human? Even though He created us, how could He know what it is like to be tempted if He is all-sovereign and with out sin. He had to come in the flesh to know our plight, so it was only right that He would bring many sons to His glory through the sufferings of His Son. Now, who ever is made Holy through His sacrifice and His shed blood is one with Him and the Father. This is why Yahushua is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters, because we all have the same Father, through Him.
Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
Yahushua had once said, “ My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” John 10:29-30 “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” John 17:11
Hebrews 2:14-18 ¶ Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
WOW! We humans are made of flesh and blood, so God, had to come in the flesh to be like us so that through His death, and resurrection, He would destroy the devils power over death. Romans 6:5-11 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Folks who live in constant fear of death, shall have no fear anymore because Christ has delivered us from the sting of death. We are free to live in and through Him. When we belong to God, we need not fear death because death is the door to eternal life. In fact, outside of wanting to fulfill our purpose in this world, why would we want to stay a minute longer?
Death has been defeated. Even though every man must die, death is not the end. Before Yahushua died and was resurrected, the high priest was the mediator between God and His people. Yahushua has rightfully stepped into this position and is now our High Priest. We go through Him, to gain access to our Holy God.
Whenever anyone committed a sin, they were to take a lamb or goat offering to the priest and that animal was sacrificed for our sin. Not any more. Yahushua became the living sacrifice Whom has once and for all by His death and blood atonement, paid the wage for our sin. We depend on Him now as our High Priest, who has already been the perfect Lamb of God, sacrificed for all. Yahushua faced all of this as a human being, in flesh and blood. We can trust Him with everything now, knowing that He paved the way through suffering and overcoming temptation. He understands our needs and is able to help. All we need to do is call upon Him, praise and thank Him for the work that He has done.