Messiah came to talk to us directly. He doesn't want to be fobbed off to some prophetic intermediary.
The sum of this passage is almost too simple to accept. That, for a little while—a short time--Yeshua became lower—positionaly, not less than G-d, but G-d with us--Emmanuel—that is, G-d within Himself—than the messengers: both the prophets of old—as stipulated in Hebrews 1:1—and the Messengers/Malachim—angels, angelos, elohim—who had participated as mediators of the Torah/Word of G-d prior to Yeshua’s having been born into time. Yeshua, who is ha-Dvar—the Word—thus becomes the sole mediator between G-d and man, in that His sacrificial suffering unto death and His resurrection bring those who believe, face to face with G-d. In short, if you want to hear from G-d, accept His gracious offer and speak directly to Him. If we are in Messiah we now have no need of chasing angels and prophets to mediate on your behalf. G-d wants to engage with us intimately and personally through His Son Yeshua. Our modern Charismatic/evangelical need to hear from G-d through human and angelic mediators is anti-Christ. Yeshua the Christ/Messiah has come to speak to us directly, He loves us that much. He doesn’t want to be fobbed off to some prophetic intermediary. Don’t spit in His face by seeking out mediocre substitutes.
The death from which Messiah resurrected, cancels out the power of death—previously held by Shatan/Satan—and gives hope to those who live with the physical reality of death on a daily basis—us. The conclusion being, that because He has suffered, we can be free from the fear of death—the power of death—because the power of death is not death itself but rather fear of the second death. In Messiah we need not fear what comes next because what comes next is, as the text states, the Olam Haba—world to come—which is, through Messiah Yeshua, subject once more to humanity, just as the earth once was, before we—humanity—invited death into the world through its agent, Satan.
In Messiah we are assured of life everlasting, not because we won’t die but because having died we will live in Him. Therefore—which is how this chapter began—we need no longer surrender to the power of death because the power of death is the fear of the unknown but the promise of G-d is that we are known in Him and that through His Son we will exist in right relationship with Him for all eternity. In addition to all this future hope, we have the assurance that He has suffered in every way as a human being and has endured. Why is this reassuring? Because we know that He identifies with us and is suffering in us when we suffer and like Him we are being brought to eternal completion, made perfect in what we suffer, just as He was. We now know His Glory, though our eyes fail us, our hearts—the convergence of our entire being—see beyond the power of death to the Olam Haba—world to come. This is love, this is what remains. For while we live in this fallen world we have faith, hope and love but in the world to come we have need of love alone. Thus faith is belief against doubt, in the Olam Haba there will be no doubt. Hope is the assurance of things unseen, in the Olam Haba all will be revealed. But love, love is eternal. G-d is love.
© 2013 Yaakov Brown
Spiritual leader of Beth Melekh Community, Auckland, Aotearoa, N.Z.