Tuesday, December 25, 2012
A Little Lower than the Angels
The writer quotes Psalm 8, identifying it as the testimony of someone "in a certain place" (Greek pou, somewhere). This Psalm is about the exaltation of a man or men. These men are created "lower than the angels," which in temple geography means that they rise from outside the temple, or perhaps are created in the first of the three rooms. Nevertheless, God crowns and enthrones them -- they are exalted with God. This is the Worship of the Shalems, and Hebrews uses this imagery to describe the exaltation of Jesus.