Summary: A study of the book of Hebrews chapter 2 verses 1 through 18
Hebrews 2: 1 – 18
1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? 5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? 7 You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. 8 You have 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 do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” 13 And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Let me start off in asking you a question to consider. It is this –‘What would you do it this situation?’ While watching television a news flash interrupted all the TV shows. The message said that a meteor was heading to earth and was going to hit somewhere near Africa. It will cause a tsunami which will drive toward the east coast of America. So, again what would you do? For me I would immediately leave my home without packing anything and call my kids and tell them to head for the Pocono Mountains which are pretty much inland.
You remember Lot’s predicament as taught in the book of Genesis. He along with his wife and two daughters actually had to be physically taken out by angels in order to survive the coming destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah.
We are going to see in chapter 2 ‘A First Warning’ by the author to take heed to his words. – It will be followed by the revelation that This One Who Is Son Is now revealed as Jesus Who has united Himself with mankind through Being made lower than the angels and crowned as ‘True Man’ so that through suffering He might ‘Save’ all who believe making them His brothers and destroying the fear of death (2.1-18)
2.1 ‘Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest it be that we drift away.’
Therefore, because the things that we have heard have come to us, not on the authority of angels, but on the authority of the Son, we must (it is necessary to) take the more earnest heed to them, for otherwise the danger is that we may drift away from them, like a boat loses anchor and drifts from its moorings. That would indeed be a great loss when we consider the importance of the One who brought them.