- Every high priest is a man, chosen from the people to represent them in matters related to God. He offers sacrifices and gifts for the sins of the people.
- The high priest understands those who are ignorant and those who have stumbled, because he himself deals with weakness in his own life.
- The high priest must offer sacrifices not only for the people, but for himself as well.
- No one becomes a high priest by their own will, they are chosen by God like Aaron was.
- In the same way, Jesus did not take the title of high priest, but the Father bestowed it upon him through their father-son relationship and putting Jesus in the line of Melchizedek, the priest king.
- During His time on earth, Jesus offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the Father who could save Him. He was heard because of his reverent submission.
- Although He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through His suffering. After the resurrection, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
- Jesus was designated by God to be the high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
- The author of Hebrews had a lot to say about these things, but it is hard to explain because his audience are slow learners.
- Though some people should be able to teach others with what they have heard, they are in need of being taught the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.
- They thirst for milk instead of hungering for solid food and infants who desire milk do not receive the teaching about righteousness.
- Solid food, however, is for the mature. By constant use of the Word, they have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
As I read this passage, I was reminded of the importance of training (putting in to practice what you know). There have been times in my life that I have been merely a hearer of the Word and not a doer. I love that our church is going through the Replicating the Discipleship DNA groups, as it is giving me the tools to be confident in having simple conversations with people about Jesus Christ. But beyond learning those tools, I need to train. Not only train in what I am learning in those groups, but training in the daily things that God asks of me, training in the things that jump out to me while I SOAP, and train in the fruits of the Spirit that He is trying to grow within me.
Jesus, I praise you that the author of Hebrews stressed so much that you did all of this first. I’m not striving in my own power, but in the power of the One who did it all perfectly. As you stir things in me daily through the Holy Spirit, would I be obedient to train in the spiritual things you have called me to practice. It's in your powerful and perfect name I pray, amen.
Posted on Fri, October 2, 2015
by Brian Landers