lower than the angels
2:7 lower than the angels. See also Hebrews 2:9. The Son of God became Jesus, Son of man, by divine incarnation (Hebrews 2:14-16). He who was “better than the angels” (Hebrews 1:4) was made a “little [that is, “for a little time”—thirty-three years] lower than the angels.” He who was the divine Word became flesh (John 1:14); He who was “equal with God” became “a servant” (Philippians 2:7).