Epistle to the Hebrews (5:1-6)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the HebrewsEvery high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins. And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses. That is why he must offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as theirs.And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was. That is why Christ did not honor himself by assuming he could become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him,“You are my Son.Today I have become your Father.”And in another passage God said to him,“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:1-6

The author is starting to elaborate a bit more about the (high)priesthood of Christ. A highpriest had to of the tribe of Levi and a descendant of Aaron. The descendants of Aaron were recorded to keep this office within family.  The highpriest alone could enter the holies of holies once a year. His way of dressing was different and was highly considered.

Obviously, the highpriest had to be a man. He had to represent the people of Israel to receive the forgiveness of sins. Since he was a man, he could understand that the people were not always right with God. He knew that sin was everywhere, even within him. So he also had to offer a sacrifice for his sins when he was presenting himself before God for the nation. No one can choose to be appointed a high priest, this person had to be called by God.  The people had to bring their gifts/sacrifices and give it to the highpriest with the hope of getting God’s forgiveness. Could you imagine if you had to do the same thing nowadays?

Now the author is introducing Melchizedek. This Melchizedek had the characteristic of having no genealogy(or no record was written about his genealogy). We do not know his origins, we do not know who were his parents and when he died. This is particular for a highpriest. He existed before Aaron. As we’ll see in Hebrews 7, the fact that we do not have evidence of who were his parents and when he died makes him someone who existed and never ceased to live(because we do not have it recorded). Where is the tomb of Melchizedek? No one knows.  Jesus did not self proclaim Him Highpriest, He was called by God. Being called by God has precedence over genealogy. Like Melchizedek, Jesus was not a descendant of Aaron and had no biological parents because He was conceived by the Spirit. Where is the body of the crucified Jesus? We don’t know simply because His body is not in the tomb.

A highpriest was like a mediator between God and man. The people were too unholy to come in God’s presence. Only one man could come in God’s presence and this highpriest knew that he was unworthy. In Jesus we find a Highpriest who is both God and man. So he’s more than a mediator. We cannot find Jesus origin on earth because His origin is divine. When you talk to Jesus, you’re talking to God Himself. He’s the divine Bridge between our sinfulness and God’s holiness. Yeah God’s provision is perfect.

Ignorant and wayward people are probably those people who did not know God’s law and sinned. Yeah or it could be these sheep going astray who do not have a shepherd as Isaiah 53 said.

Let us contemplate the sacerdotal prayer of our Highpriest:

Who will teach the ignorant and wayward people?

Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.” John 17:17,26

Who sent Jesus?

“Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. ” John 17:18

If Jesus is a Highpriest, should not He offer a sacrifice?

“And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.” John 17

Should not Jesus be a mediator between God and man?

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”

Should not He be a priest in the order/caliber of Melchisedek and have no record of the beginning of His existence? Should not He be someone who brings the people closer to God?

“Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began” John 17:5

Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!” John 17:24

We are talking about God the Son, Jesus Christ who came in flesh. A Highpriest who is both God and man came.

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

This man Jesus reconciled man to God.

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Posted July 8, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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