Have you read, read, and re-read Hebrews 2:1-4? Yesterday I spent some time doing word studies on many of the words in those verses and then I paraphrased those verses based on the Greek definitions I found. The whole process was like cleaning out a drawer. You start with good intent to straighten up one drawer and the next thing you know, you are calling in a contractor to remodel the bathroom.
That is a bit dramatic, I admit, but what I thought would take a few minutes to get my mind around while doing the assigned word studies ended up taking a couple of hours as I added more words to my list of unknown meanings.
I don’t want to blow anything you will uncover on your own, so I won’t share my paraphrase here today. Let me just remind you that the lesson this week is RICH! When is it not? Hmmmm.
Last week’s lesson focused on Jesus as “Son”, better than the angels. It is very important that we have understanding of this. As we learned, it holds meaning for us who believe as we are joint-heirs along with Him.
That lesson and our discussion time really made the enemy mad. Some more of his tactics were revealed and he was not pleased. Spiritual warfare is real! I had a horrible dream Thursday night. It started grand and glorious but ended terrible. The whole message I got was just how the enemy can disguise himself as light. It really freaked me out. After I awoke startled, I had to get my focus on God’s sovereignty in allowing that dream to enter my sleep and even more His allowing me to remember it. He calmed me and I went back to sleep peacefully. I have the image burned in my mind, however.
Sometimes when the warfare is more recognizable to me or when I’m going through it regularly, I pray Ephesians 6:10ff. You know, the armor of God. I would mentally get dressed for the day in the armor before my feet would hit the floor. Now, I’m going to have to do the same before my head hits the pillow. I leave you with Psalm 4:8.