Hebrews 2:6-8 English Standard Version

6 It has been testified somewhere,

“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
    or the son of man, that you care for him?

7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
    you have crowned him with glory and honor,

8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.

Psalm 8:4-6 English Standard Version

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,

Somewhere is Psalm 8 but the author of Hebrews does not give the chapter and verse. We must overlook that little omission because the Old Testament scrolls did not have an address until 1066 A.D.

The author did not even make reference to a Psalm of David. What is interesting is the exact quote is followed with words that are similar in content but not a direct quote.

In Hebrews it is mentioned that they had not seen everything is in subjection to him. In the Psalm it was acknowledged that all things are under his feet.

The only way to resolve those two passages together as truth is to recognize that a King has dominion even over those who are in rebellion.

We live in a world that does not recognize Christ on the throne. That does not make it any less true.

Why don’t the lost  recognize Christ’s Lordship?

Psalm 25:6 English Standard Version (ESV) Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

Perhaps we haven’t shown HIm to be merciful and loving.


  • Psalm 33:15
    he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.
  • Psalm 105:45
    that they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Praise the Lord!
  • Psalm 106:3
    Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!
  • Psalm 119:34
    Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
  • Psalm 119:146
    I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.

Observe is one of those words that we use as an adjective or a verb.

As an adjective we are the subject of the sentence, a voyeur.

As a verb we become an active participant, those being seen as doing.

Then there are the long term results of our actions which can be viewed in a historical sense. Psalm 105:45 hints at the differences between keeping the law and seeing the results that come from having a proper understanding of the statues and how we keep those statutes.

The final verse hints at God’s covenants and how they have played out in history. In that we become witnesses to how God’s covenants work for those who believe Him by faith and act out our lives by obedience of faith.

It is not just God who watches over us, people observe our lives and some will see us as righteous examples while others will judge us unfairly. We cannot control how others observe us.

We can only control how we observe His statues, His commands, His love for us.

Hebrews 11:6 English Standard Version (ESV) And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.