Hebrews 2:13-18
Heb 2:13 (KJB)
And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
(Isa 8:18 KJV) Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. Isaiah had placed his trust in the Lord because when Isaiah prophesied unto Judah, they had rejected his message to the point of putting him to death. So he could take no refuge in the nation of Judah but only in the Lord Himself. The same situation happened to the Lord Jesus Christ. When He came to earth, He was rejected by the very nation He came to and just like Isaiah, placed His trust in His Heavenly Father. This should be a good lesson for all Christians that when we are rejected by the world, God is the one we turn to because He will never reject us. The second part of this verse teaches us that not only did the Lord Jesus Christ place His trust in His Father but all those believers which God had given Him placed their trust in Him too. (John 6:37 KJV) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Heb 2:14 (KJB)
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;
He might destroy - Abolish, cease, or do away with
The power - Strength or dominion
Here the writer teaches us that just as all the people in the world are flesh and blood, the Lord Jesus Christ entered into the world in the same fashion in His incarnation. The reason that He did this was to destroy the power that the devil had over the unbelievers. When Christ went to the cross and died for His Elect, Satan no longer could hold anyone in the bondage of sin and death. His power had been broken. He could not stop anyone from becoming saved.
(Rev 20:1-3 KJV) And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. {2} And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, {3} And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Revelation 20:1-3 speaks about an angel coming down from Heaven and binding Satan with a large chain. Now this is all symbolic as the chain represents something that has binding power. If you were tied up with a chain, you would be unable to move and therefore you could not do anything. When Christ went to the cross, this had the same effect as a chain. No longer could Satan prevent anyone from becoming saved. We know that Satan was bound at the cross and His power greatly diminished. All we need to do is look at how the Gospel began to spread rapidly after the first Pentecost. On Pentecost three thousand became saved, then in Acts 4:4, we read that five thousand became saved. The Gospel continued to flourish throughout the Roman Empire and then eventually into Europe and beyond until you come to the 18th -19th centuries with the great missionary movements and then into the 20th century with new technology such as radio, TV, Internet and now the Gospel is preached in every country in the world. Mark 16:15 has been reached but not yet completed until the last one is saved. (Mark 16:15 KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Heb 2:15 (KJB)
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
The fear of death is an enslaving thing in the life of man. From the moment a person is born, through the aging process and disease and disaster, death reigns in the life of an individual. Throughout history man has tried to hold on to as much of this worlds goods in hopes it would bring them some kind of security and yet these people die and leave it all behind. Frank Sinatra feared dying and that is why he tried to prolong his life by getting Camel milk injections but May 14, 1998 came and by the time the day was over, Frank Sinatra was dead. Death holds a tight grip on all mankind because inherently they know there is a judgment to come but the Lord Jesus Christ, having tasted death for His Elect, has removed that fear of death knowing that upon physical death, the child of God goes from this earthly life directly into the presence of the Lord in Heaven. You see, unless the Lord returns first, there will be a May 14 for all of us and with each passing birthday, it becomes more obvious with every ache and pain that death reigns in our mortal bodies and eventually one day we will fight our last battle with pain. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, it will be your last battle with pain. If you are an unbeliever, your pain will just be starting upon the day of resurrection. (John 5:28-29 KJV) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, {29} And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Heb 2:16 (KJB)
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
When the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth, He did not have a spiritual body prepared for Him but He was made of a woman, that is, flesh and blood. He came to redeem His people. Those angels that rebelled with Satan were never to be redeemed and would be cast into eternal hell. (Rev 20:10 KJV) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Christ took upon Himself the nature of Abraham as He was in the physical lineage of Abraham coming through Isaac, then Jacob, and then Judah. Christ had to become a man to die for those He came to save. The nature of angels is spirit and spirit cannot be killed but the flesh can die, as we see all around us. So for Christ to effect redemption for His people, it was necessary for Him to become flesh and blood.
Heb 2:17 (KJB)
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.
It behoved Him - He had to (as in payment of an obligation)
Make reconciliation for - To make propitiation for
This verse is teaching us that Christ was made in all aspects of humanity except the sin nature. Him becoming a man was as necessary as someone who needed to fulfill a financial obligation. If money was borrowed, it had to be paid back. So in like manner Christ had to become a man. He would not be able to fulfill the office of High Priest unless He was able to commiserate with man in their frailties. Just as the High Priest in ancient Israel was taken from among men, the Lord Jesus Christ became the anti-type by becoming man. This enabled Him to identify with the weaknesses of all the Elect He came to save and to be able to make intercession for them. When Christ went to the cross, he had satisfied the wrath of God by fulfilling all the righteous demands of the Holy Law. Therefore the wrath of God which should have been rightly applied to all the Elect, was taken by Jesus and the Elect were now reconciled unto God. The war is over between God and the Christian but the war still rages on between God and the unbeliever because they have no covering for their sin.
Heb 2:18 (KJB)
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Tempted - To put to the test or entice to sin
To succour - Assist or come to the help of
Since the Lord Jesus Christ became a man He is able to understand all the problems that weak flesh runs it to. Christ had suffered many temptations in His earthly ministry resulting in His ability to come to the aid of those who are being tempted. Christ was tempted by Satan in the wilderness so He well understands the force a temptation can have on weak flesh. He gives comfort and grace to overcome the temptations that His Elect will face. (2 Cor 1:3-4 KJV) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; {4} Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. Whenever we face a temptation which we feel is overwhelming, we immediately ask the Lord for help to avoid it or to be able to endure it without sinning. He will not forsake us but will come to us and help.