“1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”
Just in case someone doesn’t have their dictionary nearby, the word ‘divers’ means more than one and of various types! Isn’t this a great warning to all of us? I mean, how much time do we spend reading God’s Word (to ensure we won’t slip)? Do you ever read it out loud to yourself? You think I’m nuts, right? Well, ok, just a little! But that’s ‘cause my bible says in 1 Peter 2:9 KJV, that those of us who’ve been called out of darkness are ‘peculiar’, so I’m okay! Hah! Got ‘cha!
But seriously, reading your bible out loud is ‘hearing God’s Word’ and Paul told the Romans “So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).” Romans 10:17 Amplified Version
So, what better way do we have to increase our faith than by hearing it come from our own lips? And, since we will have to account for every idle word (as Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 below) wouldn’t you want your idle time and words to be God’s? They’re much more powerful than ours!
Matthew 12:36 “But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.”
Another reason is Proverbs 12:14 “14From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].”
Speaking God’s Word is also a good way to ‘establish’ ourselves in the Rock of Ages, which is Jesus.
James said “So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.”
(Back to Hebrews 2:5-18) - Jesus Made Fully Human
“5For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
6But 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?
7Thou 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:
8Thou 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.
9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10For 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.
11For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14Forasmuch 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;
15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17Wherefore 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.
18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Did you notice verse 11 above, says Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brethren? I find this so comforting!
Verse 13 says “the children which God hath given me” (I believe that’s us who are called) and verse 14 says we are “partakers of flesh and blood” meaning the flesh and blood of Jesus by our faith and belief in His death and resurrection; and by partaking of His body and blood in the sacrament of communion at church. (Check with your pastors; I’m not interpreting, merely commenting).
Verse 16 shows us that He took on Him the seed of Abraham! That’s us, too, as we will see later on in another chapter. Remember this verse as we study more in Hebrews.
Verse 18 has the word succour in it. I couldn’t find it in my dictionary, but the Amplified version says “18For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].”
Hallelujah! Don’t you know He’s ‘gonna hear us when we cry out to Him, especially if we’re down here reading His Word out loud! Who else is He ‘gonna hear? He’s ‘gonna hear us!
1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
And let’s not forget that Jesus taught us to ask God to “lead us not into temptation” in Matthew 6:13, so if we were speaking the Our Father prayer every day, maybe we wouldn’t go through such difficult times!