“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” (Hebrews 1:1 – 4 : emphasis mine)
Setting aside for the smallest moment all the other things that Paul says, I want to focus on his comparison of Jesus to the Lord God the Divine. Remember back that wo-man was made out of man, as a part of the very essence of man. So too Jesus is made out of the Divine, as a part of the very Essence of the Lord God. So if we read the above passage correctly, Jesus and the Lord God can be interchanged, where the Lord God made a purification for sin, and then sat down beside the Aspect of Jesus wherein both of them became much superior to the angels (as the Divine had been all throughout eternity); and the Name “Divine” is more excellent than any other name. You may have noticed, beloved reader, I use the term the “Divine” to encompass all the Aspect of the Deity that we recognize and worship as the One & Only. But to continue with Paul message to the Hebrews.
“Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, subjecting all things under their feet.” Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (Verses 5 – 9)
Intermingled in Paul’s argument is the recognition that a creation man/humanity was given control over the bird & animal kingdoms. Paul hurries on to talk more about who Jesus was/is and the glory that was bestowed upon him (that he had for all eternity), and the deliverance from eternal death that humanity is offered.
“It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.” (Verses 10 – 12)
Again, I hear echoes of the Genesis passage, where man recognized wo-man as a part of him and clings to that partner over and above all other relationships. It has been said that the marriage relationship is a microcosm of our relationship with the Divine. We cling to Jesus as Jesus clings to us. Or at least that is what we should be doing on our side of the relationship. Think on that, beloved reader. Shalom & Selah!