September 15, 2020

Jesus Is Real No Matter What Color the Penguin.

Hebrews 2:1–9

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Warning Against Neglecting Salvation

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

The Founder of Salvation

For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere,

  “What is man, that you are mindful of him,
    or the son of man, that you care for him?
  You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
    you have crowned him with glory and honor,1
    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. 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.

Footnotes

[1] 2:7 Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands

Jesus Is Real No Matter What Color the Penguin.



Key Verse | Hebrews 2:1

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

Bio | Daniel Wells

Journeyers, it's a great day to be alive! Daniel Wells here. I serve at Watermark's Plano campus with the community and marriage teams. I find great joy in being a part of God's eternal plan by helping marriages and community groups live as God's people for God's glory!

I am married to the wonder woman Danielle Wells. We will be celebrating ten years of marriage in a month. Also, I am father to three amazing girls, Arielle (Lion of God), Isabelle (Devoted to God), and Abigail (My Father's Joy and Delight).

Central Truth

Salvation is at hand. Pay attention, lest it drift past you. Jesus is the answer to the questions of sin, salvation, and eternity. Jesus has already taken care of today and eternity. Do not trade eternity for the cares of today.

Devotional | Hebrews 2:1–9

It was a bright day in my tenth grade English class.

This was a transitional time in my life as I was coming into my faith. It meant not only that I was good by my parents' standards, but that my heart...

It was a bright day in my tenth grade English class.

This was a transitional time in my life as I was coming into my faith. It meant not only that I was good by my parents' standards, but that my heart was transformed through belief in Jesus (Matthew 22:37-39) and that my mind was being renewed by God's Word (Romans 12:1-2).

I was sharing my new found love of Jesus with my friends and engaged in a conversation with a student sitting next to me. She stated she would believe in Jesus if a plant in the classroom turned into a purple penguin. There is nothing I wanted more than for that plant to be turned into a purple penguin. But I had a notion then, and now, that God does not typically work in that manner.

We see throughout Scripture that God has spoken through burning bushes, a donkey, prophets, and angels on His behalf. We hear Abraham explaining that if the rich man's relatives "'do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead'" (Luke 16:31) or if a plant should turn into a purple penguin.

Hebrews 2:1 charges us, Christ followers, to pay MUCH closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. What have we heard? We have heard from God Himself in the flesh, Jesus the Christ. Jesus' message also proved reliable through His followers by signs, wonders, and various miracles (Hebrews 2:4). We have heard the message of salvation from angels, prophets, priests, preachers, apostles, and perhaps the tenth grader sitting next to you in English class. We are charged to hold this message closely, paying MUCH closer attention to it.

And for those of you who may not believe and trust in Jesus, you may not see purple penguins, but I am guessing you have friends around you whose lives have been transformed by Jesus. And if not, you can count me as a friend!

Let us not neglect such a great salvation that is found in Jesus!

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Discussion Questions

1. How are you, Christ follower, holding on to what you have heard, paying "much closer attention" to it (Hebrews 2:1)? What spiritual disciplines are you practicing to hold fast to Jesus? A great book on spiritual disciplines is Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney.

2. What temptations in life are prone to make you drift? Is it the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things (Mark 4:19)? If you are able to identify what gets you to drift, you are better equipped to fight the temptation.

3. Who is sitting next to you and proclaiming the truth while you are not paying attention? Better yet, why are you choosing not to pay much closer attention to what you have heard?

6 Comments available

Michael Scaman about 1 month ago

I went to a big church for a number of years where the pastor was fond of saying ‘evangelicals know 100 times as much theology as they need’ and I don’t see that in the Bible.

Hebrews 2:1 “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”

Deep calls to deep in the book of Psalms and swimming in the shallow waters might be the more dangerous as far as the Bible. Go deep.

Michael Scaman about 1 month ago

The phrase " “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?" appears about 8 psalms from both the front and back of the book of Psalms.

Psalm 8:4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 144:3 O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?

It is in contrast in Psalm 8, this man of God / son of God with the final verses of Psalm 9 and 10 which both speak of a very different type of man of the earth with fallen nature and enemy of God Psalm 9:20 and Psalm 10:18. The son is glorified in Psalm 2, David is on the run from his very different son in Psalm 3

Michael Scaman about 1 month ago

In Psalm 1-7 the son is the tree of life, the anointed and given inheritance of the nations, then rejected, suffers and vindicated and here glorified

The son will rule over all creatures and even the beastly kingdoms of Revelation will be set straight (or dealt with) by the son when he is glorified

Psalm 8 is about Jesus and heavily quoted in the New testament as about Jesus. However, the believer and the church is in ‘the son’ and so the Psalms also apply to them

Sue Bohlin about 1 month ago

Hey Daniel! Loved your “purple penguin” story!

I practically heard a “SCREEECH!” when I came to v. 2, “the message declared by angels.” What what???

Thanks to Dr. Constable, I found out!

“The message spoken through angels refers to the OT law, which according to Jewish tradition was mediated to Moses through angels (cf. Deut 33:2; Ps 68:17-18; Acts 7:38, 53; Gal 3:19; and Jub. 1:27, 29; Josephus, Ant. 15.5.3 [15.136]).” Mystery solved!

Greg Jones about 1 month ago

V1-Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

V5-For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.

V6-It has been testified somewhere.(testimony rather than prophecy)

VV6b-8=Psalm8:4-6

what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:

The Hebrews author substitutes him for their (Psalms) personalizing it for his readers.

V8b-At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. They aren’t realizing the Psalm8 testimony concerning them.

V9-But we see, him,…namely Jesus.

Jesus, the model for ruling over the works of His hands, as called for long ago.(Psalm8)(Hebrews2:1-9)

Hugh Stephenson about 1 month ago

GM Daniel. Great devo. Love the purple penguin story.

For a long time I was not focused on “…such a great salvation”. Just give me relief from the anxiety, the insecurities and the fear that gripped me and we have a deal.

I would do anything, and did do many things, to try and get relief. From time to time it would come - but it never stayed.

The verse that haunted me for years was Philippians 4:6-7; “…the peace that passes all understanding…”.

Then there was Matthew 11:28-29. Weary and heavy laden? Check.

Give me rest and peace and you’ve got me.

Here’s the paradox - I was not focused on salvation but it turns out that was how I got the rest and peace.

Once I understood sovereignty, supremacy and sufficiency the path to a surrendered life become visible.

All it took was giving up.

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