Scripture Reading: Psalm 8
1 Peter 1:12—the angels desire to look into and examine Gospel truth
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?7 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:8 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.
What is man—small and insignificant. Mindful—to return to one’s mind, remember. Visitest—to look uon, examine with a view to help. Him—man in general, Adam specifically, and ultimately Christ. Put under—man put in place of ownership over creation to subdue it and be responsible for it. Man blew it. We’re waiting for it to be fixed.
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 should taste death for every man.10 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.
Through suffering He was crowned. His preeminence was won through humiliation. His death was by God’s grace! Captain—author, leader. Like Joshua leading Israel into Promised Land. Perfect—be brought to point of a crown.
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;15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Life is in the blood, has to be flesh and blood to die. Salvation is not by means of Almighty Power but by humiliating suffering and death.
Destroy—render powerless. Christ takes Satan’s biggest weapon and uses it for good, thus removing its power. 2 Timothy 1:10—Christ abolished death through the Gospel.
Took part in flesh and blood. Luke 2
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.17 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.18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
He didn’t die for angels because angels don’t die. He was made like humans because we do.
Behoved—obligation, a responsibility to help as He is the only one who could.
Merciful and faithful—this is what we need our mediator to be. He understands pain, trial, and temptation. He shares in our sorrow and suffering. This is not merely an intellectual understanding, but a knowing by experience. This knowing of suffering allows Him to be merciful.
Succor—aid, relieve, help.