Heb 2:14 – Does the devil have the power of death or does God?

Problem: The writer of Hebrews speaks here about Christ’s coming so “that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” But in other places the Bible asserts that only God has the power over life and death: “I kill and I make alive” (Deut. 32:39; cf. Job 1:21).
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Heb. 2:13 – Why does the author quote Isaiah 8:17-18?

Problem: The author writes, “And again, ‘I will put My trust in Him.’ And again, ‘Behold, I and the children whom God has given Me’” (Heb. 2:13). This citation comes from Isaiah 8:17-18. Why does he cite it here?
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Heb. 2:6-8 – Why does the author cite Psalm 8:4-6?

Problem: The author’s audience knew that Jesus had become human (Heb. 1:1-3; 2:3-4). Therefore, he was less than the angels—at least for a short time. This Jewish audience must have been arguing that Jesus was, therefore, less than the angels. Of course, in chapter 1, the author argues that the Messiah was greater than the angels (Heb. 1:6-14). Here he argues that even humans are greater than the angels. How does he make his case?

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Heb. 1:3 – Doesn’t the author of Hebrews claim that Jesus is spiritually fulfilling the Davidic covenant, because he is currently sitting on a throne in heaven?

Problem: The author of Hebrews writes, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3 ESV). Amillennial interpreters teach that this passage proves that the author of Hebrews denied a literal and physical throne for Jesus on Earth. Instead, he is sitting on a spiritual throne in heaven. In this way, he is abrogating or spiritualizing the literal OT teaching about Jesus sitting on a literal throne. Is this the case?
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