We must remember that these were Christians who once took a bold stand for Christ and the gospel – 10:32-34.
The main object of this chapter is to show that we should attend diligently to the things that were spoken by the Lord Jesus, and not allow them to glide away from us.
Paul is saying that some might be inclined to disregard what was spoken and that they would urge the Old Testament had been given by the angels and was therefore more worthy of attention. We see,
1st, we see the exhortation not to allow the things spoken to slip from our mind, but to attend to them diligently and carefully. The argument is the importance of what was spoken by the angels under the Old Testament, much more, that which was spoken by the Son of God in verses 1-4.
2nd, we see that Jesus had a right to be heard, and what he said should receive the deep attention of all men according to verses 5-9.
3rd, Paul then shows why He became a man, and why He was subjected to such terrible sufferings in verses 10-18. The argument is that Jesus did not come to save angels, but to save man from his sin.
Therefore, or on account of the exalted dignity of the Messiah; the sense is, “since Christ as Head of the church is far above the prophets and the angels. We ought to give the more earnest attention to all that has been spoken.”
We ought. It is fit or proper that we should listen to those things. When the Son of God speaks to men, it is appropriate for us to listen to what He is saying.
To give the more earnest heed. To give more attention to the things we have heard; whether directly from the Lord Jesus or from his apostles.
Lest at any time. We ought to listen to those things at all times, and never forget them or be indifferent to them. Sometimes we are interested in them, but we feel indifferent to attend to them. Heaviness and dullness of mind causes us to be indifferent to the things of God and they soon pass out of the mind without any concern.
Paul says that this ought never to be so! At no time should we be indifferent to those things. They are always important to us, and we should never be in a state of mind that they are uninteresting. At all times; in all places; and in every situation of life, we should feel that the truths of Christ are of more important to us than all other truths, and nothing should be allowed to destroy that belief from the heart.
We should not let them slip. Or, “run out as leaking vessels.” Tindal says, “lest we be split.” Doddridge interprets it, “lest we let them flow out of our minds.” Professor Stuart, “lest at any time we should slight them.” Whitby said, “that they may not entirely slip out of our memories.”
The word used is pararrew and occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means to flow by, to flow over, to go by and to fall, to flow away. It is used to mean, to flow near, to flow by as of a river, to glide away, to escape as from the mind, to forget and to glide along.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!