The Weekend Word
**Read Hebrews 5:1-2 to pick up the context from last week. **
3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people.
He (the human priest) has to first offer sacrifice for himself
Look at Pastor Tom, he absolves us of our sin – but first he must deal with his own.
4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
“Called” – Could a young Jewish boy grow up to be anything he wanted to be? An astronaut? A high priest?
Aaron – was from the tribe of Levi
All Priests were Levites – but not all Levites were priests.
All High Priests descended from Aaron
By Jesus’ day it had become a political position… with money passing hands.
5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”
Jesus was appointed? Who appoints Jesus?
When? In one sense at his baptism – in another sense in eternity.
It says that he did not exalt himself – he didn’t “run” for the office.
6 as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
Priests were from Levi and Jesus was from Judah.
It wasn’t very hard for these folks to figure out – Jesus has no stake here.
How does Jesus qualify?
So the writer has to show why Jesus is worthy of this office.
Probably one of the more strange characters. Who is this guy Melchizedek?
Well there is much or about him in chapter 7 – so (1) you will have to wait and (2) that will encourage you to come back.
The point here is that Jesus was appointed – he didn’t just make himself high priest – appointed by God.
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
In verse 2 we saw how the HP could identify with the people because he was one of them.
Can Jesus do the same?
Look at his earthly ministry.
8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
There is something here – that in some way, Jesus’ suffering was for 2 reasons
(1) for himself to learn obedience
Isn’t that odd that Jesus had to learn obedience – could it be that his flesh is so real that it is rebellious by nature like ours?
(2) for us as an example how to handle suffering.
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane – Jesus prays to be relieved of suffering.
The cup = crucifixion etc – the pain & the suffering
Note that after his time of prayer, coming to grips with the oncoming suffering – that every step after this, Jesus is in 100% control.
With the arresting soldiers, the court leaders, Pilate even on the cross and death.
Jesus was tempted in all ways like us
So, we pray “Lord, the Dr. is telling me I will suffer through this disease
I don’t want to go through it – (add your own situation.)
And then we move on – in control.
Jesus never used his divine power to get himself out of tough situations or suffering.
9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
Other translation – having been perfected – having the authority
“To all who obey him” – what are we to obey? What is the context?
Believe – Repent – Go into the entire world.
10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
The Writer now interrupts himself to address a problem – he will continue his thought on Melchizedek in chapter 7. He will now present a warning against apostasy.
Perhaps this was just a BTW moment – or he senses something with these people during his discourse or what, did he see some dozing off? Whatever, it must be important to him.
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
“About this” = Melchizedek
Dull of hearing = sluggish
They are still immature
Next lesson will continue on immaturity, as he works at getting them to pay attention.