For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 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, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:2-4
“Through the opening chapter of Hebrews the Lord reveals truth about Jesus and I pray that one truth that penetrated every heart is that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is superior to angels, superior to any man, and superior to creation for He is indeed the Creator.”
“In Hebrews 2:1, the Lord warns and commands us, “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it (Hebrews 2:1).” We are told to listen carefully, to fix the eyes of our heart upon Jesus, to meditate upon His Word lest we drift way from it.”
Today, we continue to look at Hebrews 2 and hear the Lord as He askes today’s question, “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 is such an important question that I will place it here again. “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”
When you look back to the Old Testament, we see God sometimes revealing His Word through angels. We know this to be true because it was angels that He sent to Mary and to Joseph and the Zechariah and to…and to…and to. Our faith is actually built upon the truth of these messages and the fact that each one came true. As we look into the Old Testament we understand that transgression and disobedience from God’s Word received just judgment.
We read back to the what the Lord said as He opened the Book of Hebrews, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Hebrews 2:1-2).”
Since the Prophets words proved out…and the angels words proved out and transgression and disobedience was met with judgment, how much more so when His Son has spoken and we neglect His Word? How shall we escape? How shall we escape when the Lord gave witness to His Word. In fact,
- The Lord himself first declared His Word.
- His Word was attested to by those who heard it.
- God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
What a great salvation, spoken and given by God himself. Drifting away from the Word of God would certainly constitute “neglecting such a great salvation.” Now in the time this was written, the readers had suffered persecution but the Lord wanted them to know [and us] that even persecution will not justify a drifting away.
The writer encourages and warns us not to neglect this great salvation that the Son of God gives, to do so will be met with judgment. He warns us to not neglect His Word, do not drift away for Jesus has paid the price, purified our sins, and He is the Triumph One. Jesus is the One who gives us victory!
Don’t lose sight…keep your eyes on Jesus…”Listen carefully. Observe My Word. Focus. Meditate on MY Word day and night. Treasure my Word. Be washed by My Word. Be transformed by My Word. Display My Word.” Do not neglect such a great salvation.
SSSSssssoooo I give the listing from Hebrews 1 again for surely this God, His salvation, nor His Word is not to be neglected…and there is no escape should we choose to do so. May the Lord strengthen us to heed the warning and command of the Lord for He is worthy of being our greatest Treasure, our hope, and our joy!
Jesus, the Son of God and Son of man:
- God appointed Jesus the heir of all things (vs. 2)
- Jesus created the world (vs. 2)
- Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God (vs. 3)
- Jesus is the exact imprint of the Father’s nature (vs. 3)
- Jesus upholds the universe by the word of His power (vs. 3)
- Jesus made purification for sins (vs. 3)
- Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (vs. 3)
- Jesus is much superior to angels (vs. 4)
- Jesus inherited a name that is more excellent than angels (vs. 4)
- Jesus is worshiped by angels (vs. 6)
- Jesus is God (vs. 8)
- Jesus’ throne will last forever (vs. 8)
- Jesus laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of His hands (vs. 10)
- Jesus remains and will remain the same (vs. 12)
- Jesus’ years will have no end (vs. 12)
O Heaven Father, the High and Holy One, the Author and Finisher of our faith. We love You and thank You for loving us and gifting us such a great salvation. Strengthen and keep us on every side that we would not neglect it…that we would not treasure anyone or anything greater, even ourselves. We bow before You to exalt Your Great Name. Thank you for coming to our rescue and being our Deliverer. In Jesus Name, Amen.