I was joking with a Southern brother the other day about how he was pronouncing a word, in his S. Alabama drawl. The word in question was "foothills". My point was that if he pronounced the word "foot-heels" he was going to change the connotation for his hearers immensely!
"Foot" and "Heels" come to mind as I contemplate today's scripture passage - - Hebrews 2:5-9 (ESV)
5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere,
“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man that you care for him?
7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor.
8 Putting everything in subjection under his feet."
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 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.
In trying to think of an analogy for today's "scripture-picture" I thought about teaching. You see, today, this "old dog" is going to learn a "new trick"! (Or, perhaps more than one!) Yes, I have a friend who is teaching me how to use social media to expand my little RDM (Resplendent Daughter Ministries). We have an appointment later today for me to learn "stuff". So excited! Here's the thing, though: my friend is going to have to "make himself a little lower" than his current state of understanding, in order to teach me. All great teachers have the ability to do this. It is not enough to merely possess knowledge, if you are going to teach. In addition to the knowledge of the subject matter, you must be able to communicate it in a way (usually several ways) your various human pupils will comprehend!
Our scripture passage for our meditation today is the first of a "trio", which together comprise Hebrews 2:5-18. Overall, the larger passage drills home the importance of Jesus Christ's incarnation as the God-Man, as well as His suffering, both required by Father and also the instrument by which the Son came to the place of exaltation described in Hebrews 1:1-14.
Jesus lowered Himself to put on flesh, to become a human, in ways we will never understand. Yet, during all of His earthly ministry, still all things were under his control (vs. 8). All things were still "subject" to Him. (Remember Him calming the waves, stilling the storm on the Sea of Galilee in Mark 4:35-41?) Cockerill exclaims, "No other early writer expounds both the deity and humanity of Christ more eloquently than the author of Hebrews."
I am riveted by this statement today: (vs. 8) - - "We do not yet see everything in subjection to Him."
All is in subjection to Him, controlled by Him, obedient to Him....but we can't see it. Now, that can be taken in two ways.
1. It can be that we are either blinded by Satan or willfully refuse to see this truth.
2 But, an equally fascinating interpretation to consider is that we just simply have no idea of all He rules and reigns over! Here we are on our tiny planet, in a vast universe. How much we do not know! All of it, we will NEVER know! I am confident that we have an extremely insufficient view or understanding of His vast kingdom, which is eternal, which will never end.
This truth begs the question, "What about those who refuse His lordship in their lives?" Well, they are still subject to Him, to His eternal plan, like it or not. You can go easy by accepting Christ as Savior, the path by which you can experience fullness of joy, the abundant life. Or, you can go ugly and rough - - rejecting Him, scrambling through by your own measly power, ever perhaps "accomplishing something", only to find at the end of your life that it has been meaningless.
Everything and everyone is under His rule NOW, His power, part of His plan, for good or for evil (our choice). I fully recognize that this post is going to tick some people off - - those who have no desire whatsoever to accept, follow, or serve Jesus Christ. Not my intention, but there again, these scriptures are God's words, not mine. Don't shoot the messenger!
The final and ultimate fulfillment of Christ's rule will culminate in His return to earth to set up His earthly kingdom. At that time the prophecy of His enemies becoming His "footstool" will be literally and physically made so. See Psalm 110:1, 1 Corinthians 15:24 and Hebrews 10:13. Oh, and Genesis 3:15 - - Satan's head will be utterly crushed.
"Bow now or bow later" because, eventually, ALL WILL BOW.
Lord Jesus, I don't want to merely be subjected to You; I want to serve You, in all my ways, through all my days. And then, through forever, may my service and worship of You go on and on an on. In Your Name, amen.
Cockerill, Gareth Lee. The Epistle to the Hebrews. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2012. Kindle edition.