Him or Them?
- Written by Pete Phelan Pete Phelan
At Hebrews Bible Study it dawned on me that the NIV and NLT use the pronoun "them" and NKJ, ESV, and others use "he and him" in verses 6-8 of the second chapter. Not much of a problem until you read it as Jesus vs. Adam (man). If you read it as “You made them a little lower than the angels” with the meaning man (Adam) was made to have dominion over the earth as in the Book of Genesis, or “You made him a little lower than the angels” and interpret him as Jesus as in the New Testament Churches, the difference becomes a problem. What exacerbates the problem is trying to find understanding in the commentaries. In commentaries we learn that most of the scholars want to show they studied Greek and Hebrew and they pontificate on the different pronouns and nuance. Another problem is that many of us don’t read the whole Bible, we just read portions that please us, or like a woman who attended the seminary classes with me stated: “I only read the red letters.” Simplistic, yes, but that is who many of us are. And then there are those of us who think we need a testimony. You know, if I don’t go through trial and heartache, I am not worthy of God’s redemption. We search for meaning in our everyday lives to earn enough points to get into Heaven.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, you don’t need a commentary and you don’t need a testimony. What you do need is to build your relationship with God by reading his whole Word, cover to cover, and over and over again. God will give you His message. Our denomination likes to quibble whether the Bible is inerrant, infallible, or inspired. Such quibbling leads to doubt. The Bible says that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Today, the Word still is. It also says that Jesus suffered death so that we, by the Grace of God, won’t taste spiritual death, but have life everlasting. In Genesis, I learn that God created Adam (man) in his image and gave him dominion over the earth. In the Old Testament I learn that God was sending his Messiah to save the world (man), and in the New Testament I learn that Jesus will return to judge us for every thought, word and deed. Here is something to think about: the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. When you read Revelation you will find Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and a whole lot more. And for those of you who got so excited on Facebook that in Deuteronomy it says that God will never leave you nor forsake you, that same message is in the rest of the Bible over 25 more times.
Hopefully I won’t see you in jail, but will see you in church, in Bible study, and in fellowship.
Keep it in your heart,