I love getting these glimpses into the heart and character of Jesus; seeing the many roles He has assumed for our benefit. It gives me a stronghold of faith from which to hang my burdened spirit.
This chapter revisits the priesthood of Christ as well as the nature of a more general explanation of the priestly office.
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. (verses 1-4)
We’re seeing the foundation for the priesthood here being laid out. And we’re seeing the very first stones being laid in place to show us exactly why the high priest was necessary and how the earthly role of such a one pointed us to the ultimate High Priest, Jesus Christ.
Because He has compassion on the ignorant and the fallen away and presented Himself as the offering to atone for our sins. But notice, this honor is one bestowed by God and cannot be assumed on oneself. Jesus was commissioned by God in His appointment to the priesthood, as was Aaron.
So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto Him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. (verses 5-10)
Christ did not go forth without being sent and when He was sent He did not go forth to bring glory to Himself. But don’t miss the power of His priesthood through the testimony found in these verses. Because we find witness there of One who took on the stigma of flesh and tabernacled therein, reducing His holiness to that of humanity that He might fully enter into our condition by means of His own suffering.
He wrote the book of redemption with His own bloodstained hand, designing each chapter as a call to the heart of sinful man. It is His name inscribed on the cover of our salvation.
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillfull in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are full of age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (verses 11-14)
In closing, we are essentially being called out for remaining babes of the Word when we ought to have matured in our discernment. We receive a gentle censure regarding being still in need of milk, rather than meat. Having nothing whatever to do with eating or drinking in a physical sense, this is a call to intentional growth in our spiritual walk. It is a call to not stunt ourselves by remaining in need of being taught that which we should already know.
And it is a call to, once full of age (wisdom pertaining to the oracles of God), reach out in instruction and encouragement to those in the early stages of Christian development who need a steady hand to lead them forward. We are not to keep to ourselves that which He gives us. It is always to be prayed over, blessed and multiplied that it might feed the masses.
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