13 And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”
This verse quotes Isaiah 8:17–18 to show the close unity between Jesus and His brethren. This is another messianic psalm.
13 And again:
Both citations in this verse are from Isaiah 8:17–18. New Testament authors also considered these words as Jesus’ words, as well as Psalm 22.
The 8th chapter of Isaiah was an invective against trusting anything other than God during the Syro-Israel war under Ahaz. This was a time of national apostasy and impending judgment. Isaiah said, on his part he would trust God to defend Jerusalem and the nation.
“I will put My trust in Him.”
This is a citation from Isaiah 8:17. Isaiah proclaimed that he trusted in Jehovah rather than the fortresses and power of the city of Jerusalem. As well, the incarnate Son had complete trust in the Father.
Hebrews here quotes Isaiah 8:18. The “again” indicates that there is a different point in the next quotation. The author pressed home the Messiah’s identity with God’s people.
“Here am I [Isaiah]
The Son is ready to obey the Father.
and the children whom God has given Me.”
Hebrews applies both references in Isaiah 8 to Christ who trusts in the Father and stands in solidarity with God’s people. The unity that existed between Isaiah and the children was what is true between any parent and child. Hebrews uses this to illustrate the close unity that exists between Jesus and believers.
Trust is the basis for fellowship.
Jesus trusted the Father. Trust is the basis for intimate fellowship with God.
The Captain of our salvation can help us along the path of suffering. The Messiah in His humanity trusted God’s providence. We can follow His example. Jesus is the tether that guarantees eternal salvation.