Hebrews 2:17, 18: “A Merciful and Faithful High Priest”.

[17]Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  [18]For in that He himself has suffered being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. (NKJV)

Having shown the superiority of the Lord Jesus over angels, and that He isn’t just another angel, the writer has turned his attention to the reason why the Lord Jesus entered humanity in the Incarnation, namely, to be a sacrifice for sins.  And not just a sacrifice, but the sacrifice for sin.

This sacrifice wasn’t just to be a willy-nilly, haphazard affair, dependent on sinful men for its “success,” but had in mind a definite people – the brethren, the children God had given Him, the seed of Abraham – and a definite purpose – to destroy the devil and to release those who are under bondage to him.

Our text for today begins with the word, “therefore.”  As someone has said, “When you see the word ‘therefore,’ you need to find out what it’s there for.”  In this case, it introduces the current place the Lord Jesus holds for His people, namely, that of a merciful and faithful High Priest.  In order to be able to become that,

He had to be made like His brethren.

The writer’s already mentioned that the Lord “took part” (KJV) in the flesh and blood of those for whom He came to be the Sacrifice.  Though miraculously conceived, His was a real body, truly flesh and blood, as human as anyone has ever been, as human as you and I.  There was only one exception:  He was without sin.  This is the only way He could be a suitable sacrifice, acceptable to God.

As you read through all the regulations in Leviticus, you see over and over again the requirement that both the sacrifice and the priest who officiated had to be “perfect.”  No blemish was permissible.  This was one of the complaints God had against Israel all through their history.  In Malachi 1:8, God rebuked His people with this, “When you offer the blind [animal] as a sacrifice, is it not evil?  And when you offer the lame and the sick, is it not evil?  Offer it then to your governor!  Would he be pleased with you?”  See also v. 12.  He says, “You wouldn’t offer this to those who rule over you!  Why do you offer it to Me??”

This is why it is impossible for us to atone for our own sins.   Neither we nor what we can do is “perfect.”  In speaking of Israel, Isaiah 64:6 says, But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  The word translated “filthy rags” refers to a menstrual cloth or to a rag a leper might use to care for or bandage his sores.  Not very pretty, is it?  And it’s used of our righteousnesses – those good things we do that we think so highly of.  What must our unrighteousnesses be like in His sight?  If it’s objected that this refers to Israel, and it does, yet Romans 3:22, 23 says, there is no difference [between Jew and Gentile]; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

“No difference.”

Our “ethnicity” doesn’t matter.  We all stand in abject depravity and sinfulness in the sight of God.  Apart from faith in the Lord Jesus, we all stand condemned already before Him, John 3:18.  It’s too late for good works or reformation or “religion.”

Too late.

Too late.

Too late….

THAT is why Jesus had to be born into this world.  He’s the only One Who could ever do anything about our sins.

in things pertaining to God.

Life isn’t just about family, or work, or getting ahead, or having a good time or any of the thousands of other things life may involve.  Many of these, like family, have their important place, but, too often, we get wrapped up in things which are temporary, and forget the things which are eternal.

The atheist or unbeliever will tell us that this life, this world, is all there is.  There is no God.  There is no heaven or hell.  This is it.  When you’re dead, you’re dead.  “Religion” is for the weak, the ignorant.

But I think life itself tells us that there has to be more than this.  Years ago, a singer named Peggy Lee had a song in which, after going through all the various good things in life, she asked, “Is that all?”

“Is that all?”

Certainly, Scripture tells us that this life isn’t all there is.

it is appointed for man once to die, but after this the judgment…, Hebrews 9:27. (NKJV)

We will yet stand before God and give an account of our lives.  The faithful believer, the atheist, the agnostic, the followers of “the world’s religions,” the important, the insignificant, all of us will stand before God.  And woe to us if we don’t have an Advocate there with us , cf. 1 John 2:2.  I know that verse refers to the present, but I think it might apply to the future, as well.

And woe to us if we don’t have “propitiation.”

There are several words used of what Christ did on the Cross.  This particular word means, “appeasement.”  A poor example might be the bouquet of flowers a husband brings home to soothe an offended wife.

Romans 1:24-27 tells us that God gave early man over to his depravity.  I believe this is the background to the story of the call of Abraham.  God had given mankind over to judgment, but He called one man through whom He would eventually reclaim the human race to Himself.  Not every member of that race will be redeemed, but the race itself will be saved.  Had God not so intervened, had Christ not come, that would not happen, could not happen, cf. Romans 9:29.  There would be no salvation, only richly-deserved judgment.  In the OT, God chose only to reveal Himself to one nation.  Though Israel was to be a witness to other nations, they had to come to her to find the truth.  Judgment was still on them.

But when Christ died, He “appeased,” as it were, that wrath and judgment, so that, now, the Gospel is to be preached to every nation.  We are to go to them; they don’t have to come to us.

But life isn’t just about what happens after death, it’s about “now.”  So the writer concludes,

For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted, v, 18.

Some people object that, since the Lord Jesus couldn’t be tempted by sin, He really can’t understand our being tempted.  But may I suggest that the Lord was more bothered by sin than any of us ever will be.  He was absolutely holy and sinless in the midst of a people who were anything but.  Further, He knew the realities of heaven and hell in the midst of a people who often didn’t seem to care.  After all, they were God’s chosen people, weren’t they?  We read in the Scripture that He groaned and wept, but we never read that He laughed.  This doesn’t mean that He was a miserable spoil-sport.  He just knew the differences.

The word translated, “tempted,” means “tested.”  It doesn’t necessarily mean “tempted to sin”.  There are many “tests” in life which have nothing to do with sin.  Every day brings tests of one kind or another.  Just because He never used a computer or drove a Chevy doesn’t mean the Lord doesn’t know what goes on in our lives.  After all, Isaiah 53:3 describes Him as A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  In speaking of Israel in the OT, Isaiah 63:9 says, In all their afflictions He was afflicted.  Though we cannot “humanize” the God of Scripture, He is not the unfeeling monster the atheist and skeptic would have us to believe.

And through the Lord Jesus, God has, in a manner of speaking, been “humanized.”  He brought Himself down to our level, so that He might, as it were, bring us up to His level. We’ll never be God, but we will one day be perfect.  Writing to believers, the Apostle John said, Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

 

Hebrews 2:10-18, Made Like His Brethren.

Having demonstrated the superiority of the Lord Jesus in His pre-incarnate state to angels, the writer now turns his attention to explaining a little more of what he meant when he said, “we see Jesus.”

1.  It was in accordance with God’s purpose of bringing “many sons to glory,” v. 10.

As we mentioned in the last post, the Cross was not some “emergency measure,” some response to an “oops” moment in the Divine mind, as some have said.  We’ve dealt at length with this in other posts, so won’t get into it here, except to say that redemption isn’t just some haphazard, hope it all works out, sort of thing.

2.  It was in accordance with God’s purpose to supply a Redeemer, “the captain of their salvation,” v. 10.

There used to be a “gospel” song which attempted to picture the scene in heaven when redemption was planned.  It alleged that God searched all through heaven trying to find someone who would go to the Cross.  Finally, Jesus stepped forward and volunteered.  While I can’t even begin to understand what happened when redemption was planned, I do know that this is NOT how it happened!

3.  It was in accord with the fact that man sinned.  By a Man, he would be redeemed, vs. 14, 17, Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same,…Therefore in all things He had to be made like His brethren.

This also tells us, in agreement with the rest of Scripture, that man cannot redeem himself.  Even Israel, in the Old Testament given a law that, if kept, would make a person righteous, utterly failed.  Cf. Deuteronomy 6:25; Romans 9:31.  They failed to realize that the Law was given to reveal their, and our, need of a Savior, not to be that savior.

Our country will soon be visited by the head of the largest religious organization in the world.  But all the pomp, all the glitter, all the ceremony, all the everything that organization involves, cannot do a single thing – one single thing – toward the salvation of those who embrace it, despite its claim that apart from it there is no salvation.  In fact, it only adds to their condemnation, because it denies the sufficiency of the life and death of the Lord Jesus to save sinners and tends to point people to His mother instead of to Himself.

Furthermore, God cannot die.  He is eternal.  Angels could not get it done, because they themselves are responsible to serve and obey God.  Their obedience would be of no help to others.  Man cannot do it, because he is a sinner himself and even his very best, those acts of goodness we think so much of, is tainted by sin.  So He, Jesus, had to be made like His brethren.  He had to take humanity to Himself.

4.  It was done in a way that seems counter-intuitive, through death, v. 14.  How could a dead man save us?  Two other men died that day, as well.  Why is Jesus’ death any different from theirs?  We’ve dealt with this at length elsewhere, so won’t get into it so much here.  The other two men were dying because they had been found guilty of breaking Roman law.  This had nothing to do with their sins before God.  The Lord Jesus had been found “guilty,” though falsely, of breaking OT law.

Jesus was condemned, humanly speaking, because He paid no attention to the multitude of traditions and rules that the scribes and Pharisees had added to the OT law, and because He criticized them severely for it.  Furthermore, in contradiction to atheists and other unbelievers, He did claim to be God.  In fact, this is really the reason He was crucified, John 19:7.  See also Matthew 27:40, where they threw His claim into His teeth.

Jesus was condemned, divinely speaking, because He came to take the place of “His brethren.”  Though His conception was different from theirs, to prevent Him receiving the sinful nature of his father Joseph, and thus from Adam, He experienced everything they did, and do, except that, as Hebrews 4:15 says, He was without sin.  He was holy, harmless, undefiled, Hebrews 7:26.

Some people have trouble with the idea of God’s justice or wrath.  They so concentrate on His “love” that it seems to be all they believe He exhibits.  And John 4:8 does say, God is love.  However, that verse appears in a specific context about how we’re to treat our Christian brothers and sisters.

1 John 1:5 says, This then is the message that we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 

If that verse had been written by modern preachers, they would probably have said something like, in the words of a very popular tract of some years ago, “This is the message: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”  It’s interesting in this connection that the early church in Acts never mentioned the love of God.  Only one word in the original used of “love” is found in the book, and that’s in reference to some folks on an island who showed “kindness” to Paul and his shipmates after they survived a shipwreck, Acts 28:2.  We get our word, “philanthropy,” from that word.

Quoting John 3:16, folks seem to think that the Gospel is about the love of God.  But you need John 3:36 to finish the thought of John 3:16, as well as John 3:17, 18.

Paul tells us about the Gospel in Romans 1:16-20,

[16]For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  [17]For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written: ‘The just shall live by faith.”  [18]For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, [19]because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  [20]For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse  (emphasis added).

“Righteousness.”

“Wrath.”

“Without excuse.”

Not popular words in our culture of “tolerance” and “diversity” and “inclusiveness”.  But they are the very basis of that which is “good news,” namely, that One came and did something about them, something we cannot do.

Taking a few verses out of context, we have built a god of our own devising, one who apparently will simply just pat us on the back like a benevolent grandfather and say, “That’s alright,” regardless of what we do or are.

God once condemned Israel because they did something similar.  In Psalm 50:21, God told Israel, You thought that I was altogether like you.”  They had patterned their view of God on what they themselves were, instead of what He said about Himself.  I’m afraid, to a large extent, we’ve done the same thing.  But in that same verse, God continued, “But I will rebuke you and set them [i.e., the ‘statutes,’ ‘covenant,’ and ‘words’ He has mentioned earlier in the Psalm] in order before your eyes.” 

In that time prior to the capture and destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, an extremely wicked people, Habakkuk said to God, “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil,” Habakkuk 1:12.  He just couldn’t understand how a holy God could use such a wicked nation to judge His own people.

In perhaps the earliest OT book, from the standpoint of when it was written, one of Job’s friends contrasts the characters of God and man:  “What is man, that he could be pure?  And he that is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?  If God puts no trust in His saints, and the heavens are not pure in His sight, how much less man, who is abominable and filthy, who drinks iniquity like water!” Job 15:14-16.  Job’s three friends misunderstood the reasons for Job’s suffering and they got into trouble for it, but here, at least, one of them understood the chasm that stands between God and man.  One is completely Holy, the other is completely sinful.

God is holy.

Man is not.

Jesus Christ came, not to make a way that man could bridge that chasm, but to be the bridge Himself.

We are sinners, Romans 3:23.  Sin must be punished, Ezekiel 18:4.  On the Cross, Jesus took that punishment, 2 Corinthians 5:21.  Though we’ll never understand what was really involved in that transaction, it’s as simple as that.  Christ died for sinners, 1 Timothy 1:15.  Those who believe on Him are saved from that punishment, and from the sins that bring it.  That’s the “good news.”  That’s the Gospel.

5.  It was done to deal with the very origin of sin, that through death, He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, v. 14.

There seem to be two extreme views about the devil.  Some deny that there is any such being – or God, or angels.  What you can see is all you get.  Then there are those who apparently can’t talk about anything else:  Satan this, Satan that, demons this, demons that.  So they run around rebuking him, or seeing demons behind bad thing that happens in life.

Now it is true that Scripture tells us that Satan is the god of this world, 2 Corinthians 4:4.  It also describes him as the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in [energizes] the sons of disobedience, Ephesians 2:2.  But Satan is not an all-powerful being.  He is limited, just like we are, though far more powerful.  And one day, he and everything he represents, will be no more.

Though’s there more we could say about these verses, we’ll just mention one more thing, as a springboard for our next post:

6.  The Lord Jesus came, not just to be a Savior, but to be a merciful and faithful High Priest.  Since much of the rest of the book deals with this, we’ll just mention it here, by way of introduction to the rest of the book.

Hebrews 2:9, “But We See Jesus….”

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, might taste death for everyone, Hebrews 2:9 (NKJV).

It seems to me there are two main ailments, if I can call them that, that inflict modern Christianity.  On the one hand, we have those who don’t really believe the Bible and so Christianity is all about social issues – justice, fairness, equality.  To be sure, social issues are important, but they’re not to be addressed according to the latest opinion polls or those who have the loudest voices or can cause the most damage or be the most violent.  On the other hand, there are those who do believe the Bible, but we’ve grown so familiar with, so accustomed to, its message that we don’t really stop to think what it’s saying.

A case in point is the fact that I’ve already received my first Christmas catalog.  Christmas will soon be on us and we’ll be inundated with displays of the Nativity, and all the trappings that accompany the modern observance.  Little children will put on their bathrobes – do they even still wear such things? – and gather as Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and wise men, around a little doll in what’s supposed to be a manger.  Cameras will flash.  Parents will smile.  Then in a few days, all the decorations will be put away, and life will go on.

I’m not trying to preach against the observance of Christmas, though we’re nowhere told to observe our Lord’s birth.  In fact, we don’t even really know the day of the year on which He was born.  And His birth, though absolutely necessary, isn’t what saves us.

So what am I trying to do?  What does all this have to do with Hebrews…?

The fact that “we see Jesus.”

Up until now, the writer has been showing the superiority of the Lord Jesus over angels, who were very important in the Old Testament.  The verse before us is the first time he mentions the name, “Jesus,” although things he has already mentioned refer to our Lord’s earthly life.  “Jesus” was the Lord’s human name.

In this verse, we see the two “phases,” if you will, of the Lord’s humanity.  He was made “a little lower than the angels,” though far superior to them.  This refers to His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection.  And, as a human being, He has been “crowned with glory and honor.”  This refers to His ascension and His present position – as a human being – at the right hand of the Father.  Through all this, He was and remains God.  He is the God-man.

We concluded our last post with this:  “God’s original intent in creation was that man was to be His administrator, as it were, over this new planet and all it contained.  However, man rebelled against this idea and decided that he would be the boss.  The result is that not only doesn’t man have dominion over this world, he doesn’t even have dominion over himself.”  This is why…

…we see Jesus,…made a little lower than the angels….

I’ve always read this verse as “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,…”  That is, He was made lower than them, He became human, in order to die for sinners.  That’s how the KJV, with which I grew up, has it.  However, the NKJV has it as we quoted it at the beginning of the post.  This looks beyond that death to the honor and glory the Lord Jesus received because He died for sinners.  Cf. Philippians 2:9, 10.

This verse isn’t the first time the writer has mentioned the death of our Lord.  In 1:3, he wrote that our Lord, having by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.  This certainly indicates more than the fuzzy views of His death most Christians have today, that He did something on the Cross, but we’re not really sure what it was.  At the very least, we don’t really stop to think of what was involved in that awful, bloody death.

He “purged our sins.”  The word translated “purged” means “to cleanse, purify.”  And the writer says that He did this by Himself.  In other words, His death on the Cross, His payment for sin, didn’t require the sinner’s “acceptance” of it to make it effective.  It only required that God accept it, and this He did, as shown by the resurrection and the Lord’s placement at the right hand of the Father’s throne.

Having said that, I’m afraid that some might take that to mean that I don’t believe that we must believe on the Lord Jesus in order to be saved.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I do believe that – because that is what the Scripture says.  My point is that I’m afraid that for far too many people the emphasis is on what THEY do, instead of what the Lord Jesus did.  If you ask people about their hope of heaven, their answer will probably have “I” in the first few words.

Now, it is Scripturally true that we believe, and must believe, and are saved by means of that faith, but our “hope” must not be centered on what we do, but on what the Lord did:  that death that took care of, took away, our sins.  There’s so much more that we could say about this, and probably should, but we must go on.

That He by the grace of God should taste death for everyone.  The KJV has it, “for every man.”  There is, however, no word for “man” in the original.  The verse could translated “for all,” or, “for the whole.”  This, of course, brings up the question, “all what”?”  “the whole what”?

The writer doesn’t leave us guessing.  He himself tells us in the next few verses.  V. 10 talks of many sons.  V. 11 refers to brethren.  V. 13 says, “Here I am and the children whom God has given Me.”   So we are justified in saying that Christ “tasted death” for every “son,” every “brother,” every “child,” not indiscriminately or haphazardly, but in accordance with the will and purpose of the Father.

To hear some preachers, one would think that all that happened when our Lord left the glories of heaven, was that the Father hugged Him and wished Him luck.  Not so.  Not so.  The Cross was not “an emergency measure,” as one writer put it.  Nor is the plan of redemption “a colossal failure,” as another writer put it.  How could a Christian even think such a thing??  As much as we might have questions about it or not understand it, what happened on the Cross was a carefully worked-out way to save sinners.  Without this “working out,” there would be no salvation, cf. Romans 9:29, and no hope.  There would be only certain condemnation.

Ah, we’ve only skimmed the surface of something which Ephesians 2:7 tells us will take God Himself the ages to come to show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 

Oh, listen, what is your hope of heaven?  For there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved, Acts 4:12.  Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…, Acts 16:31. 

Hebrews 2:5-9, “Not Yet”

In these verses, the writer gives the final “proof” of the superiority of the Lord Jesus over angels:  they have not been given authority over “the world to come.”  We’ll look at all these verses in a minute or so.  For now, the words “not yet” are some of the most precious in the Word, at least to my thinking.  As I look at the moral and spiritual deterioration of our world and the chaos that seems to be enveloping it on every level, these words give me hope that there is something better coming.

As I look in the mirror, the one on the wall or the one in the Word (James 1:23), and see the faults and failures it shows, these words give me hope that something better is coming.  The Word itself gives me that assurance:  Beloved, now we are the children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is, 1 John 3:2 (emphasis added).

Outside, the weather is starting to cool down a little, a taste of what is to come in a few weeks and putting an end to the promise of Spring, when the earth struggles to shake off the deadness of winter and bring forth that life and abundance the Scripture speaks of in Amos 9:13, “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.” 

And Paul wrote that the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now, Romans 8:19-22.

“The days are coming,” when that “earnest expectation” and “groaning” will be satisfied, but “not yet.”

Even for our Lord, there is a “not yet,” Hebrews 2:8.  While it might perhaps be said that this verse refers to man himself and God’s original intent that man be His vice-regent over creation, Genesis 1:26-28, still Hebrews 2:8 refers to our Lord’s kingdom.

There is a lot of discussion about that kingdom.  There are many ways in which that kingdom is viewed, but Scripture prophesies a time when God will make new heavens and a new earth, a time in which human life will be greatly extended.  At the same time, there will still be sin and death, Isaiah 65:17-25. Though some folks pair verse 17 with Revelation 21:1, Isaiah and John do not speak of the same event.

Revelation has something to say about this.  Describing the return of our Lord, Revelation 19 says, Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.  And He who sat on it was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.  He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed him on white horses.  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron, Revelation 19:11-15.

We’re all familiar with Revelation 20 and its declaration of our Lord’s reign of 1000 years.  Many teachers and scholars, following the early Church fathers, say that this can’t possibly refer to an actual 1000 years.  However, the anti-Semitism of the early fathers is well-documented.  They simply could not accept that Israel had any further blessing coming, since she had rejected and crucified her Messiah.  They and those who follow them say that God is done with her.  However, it’s through that very rejection and crucifixion that the way was paved for Israel’s eventual restoration, to say nothing of the fact that the Gospel was given to us Gentiles.  Further, I believe there is a reason why the Holy Spirit led John to write a thousand years 6 times in 6 verses.  It’s to impress on us that He means 1000 years, and not just some vague period of time.  Isaiah 65 refers to this time.  Revelation 21 describes eternity.

Revelation 20 gives us the length of that kingdom.  Revelation 19 describes its character.  The word translated “rule” in 19:15 is interesting.  It’s isn’t the usual word used of ruling, but means “to shepherd.”  It gives the same thought as the word used by our Lord in John 10 as He describes His care of His sheep. So, Revelation 19 tells us that He’s going to “shepherd” the nations.  They’re not going to like it, based on the fact that His rule will be with “a rod of iron.”  Zechariah 14 gives some more details about this.  Hence, the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed, Isaiah 65:20.

But “not yet.”  Where is there a nation on this earth that truly seeks to live by the Word of God and to honor and obey the Lord Jesus?  That can’t even be said of a lot of churches anymore.

But why is it – “not yet.”

Because our Lord didn’t come the first time to reign, but to redeem.  This is what Hebrews 2:5-9 is telling us.

God’s original intent in creation was that man was to be His administrator, as it were, over this new planet and all it contained.  However, man rebelled against this idea and decided that he would be the boss.  The result is that not only doesn’t man have dominion over this world, he doesn’t even have dominion over himself.

Lord willing, We’ll have more to say about this in our next post.