Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hebrews 2:1-18 - The Lectionary Epistle Lesson for Sunday, December 26, 2010

This is the NRVS translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.

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1Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.


5Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8subjecting all things under their feet.” Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.” 13And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

14Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

1 comment:

  1. The Hebrews 2:1-18 passage seems to build up to the climax in verse 18. "For because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted." If this sounds like a text for Lent rather than Advent, one should remember that Advent, too, is a penitential season.

    What are the temptations of Advent? Everyone must answer this for him or herself. For me it may be the temptation to rush to Christmas. Consider also the temptation to over schedule Advent. To take the penitential out of Advent is also deadly. Let us take, no make, time to confess our sins before God, to think on them and then ask His help to cleanse us.

    Nothing in my hand I bring,
    Simply to Thy cross I cling;
    Naked come to Thee for dress,
    Helpless look to Thee for grace;
    Foul I to the fountain fly;
    Wash me Saviour or I die.

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