Hebrews 5 Bible Study (Video)
Hebrews Chapter 5
We’re going to be looking a food as it relates to the Gospel. There’s milk to Gospel, and there’s meat (solid, deeper and more meaningful, truth)
Now remember we saw comparisons in earlier chapters comparing Jesus to Angels followed by Jesus to Moses. This time Jesus is being compared to old priests.
Let’s begin our study in Hebrews 5 – The Perfect High Priest
[Hebrews 5:1] For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;
We talked about how every priest STANDS daily (Heb. 10). Continually offering the same sacrifices again and again. I never worked
[Hebrews 5:2] 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness;
Sympathy and Understanding., because the priest too is weak like us. Guess who else experienced what we struggle with and also understands your struggles?
We are obsessed with wanting to believe we serve an angry God who punishes us for sin, when Hebrews is presenting a very different God. A God of understanding, kindness, forgiveness, and sympathy. And you have to ask why anyone would chose the law over forgiveness. The answer is they think they can do it on their own. But they can’t. No one can.
[Hebrews 5:3-4] 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. 4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.
So what are some differences in the old priest and the new?
- The old priest all eventually died.
- Their sacrifices only temporarily covered sin, and never paid for them.
[Hebrews 5:5] 5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,
(See John 17:22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;)
[Hebrews 5:5-6] “You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”;
The point is Jesus is the ONLY Priest that’s a son. But there’s more. There’s a strange lineage and a strange heritage to this priest.
6 just as He says also in another passage,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
Why Melchizedek. The bible says very little about Melchizedek.
He’s shows up for just a few OT verses. We are told that his lineage can not be traced. Heb 7:1-3 “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,2 to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. 3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.)
What’s the point here? This is an illegal priesthood According to the LAW where you MUST be from the tribe of Levi (Levitical Priest).
Jesus is from the tribe of Judah. You have to be from the tribe of Levi to be a priest, at least according to the law.
So the point is when there’s a change of priesthood there’s also be a change of law! Hebrews 7:12 “For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.
Christ is the end of the law. We are not Supervised by the law! Do you see it?
[Hebrews 5:7-8] 7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
Jesus learned obedience? How can that be – I mean He’s the son of God.
We ask this same question as believers. If I am a new creation in Christ then how is it I am STILL growing and why is it I still sin.
The answer is your learning as you go, but……While God is displeased with sin – He is pleased with you because of His son. He is pleased with your new heart.
Were getting ready to talk about the word or righteousness. Moving from milk to the word of righteousness.
We have BECOME (you are) the righteousness of GOD NOW, and we should transform our minds and live it!
[Hebrews 5:9] 9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,
So if you’re a believer and you have struggled with 2,000 sins does that mean you don’t obey Him?
Romans 6:17 says “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,”
We need to look at this in CONTEXT. Do you remember how disobedience was defined in this book? UNBELIEF! The only sin that has been discussed in this letter.
[Hebrews 5:10-11] 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
In other words “You Jews heard and aren’t getting it”.
[Hebrews 5:12] 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
The elementary principles of Christ Crucified. Nothing else. Milk and Food are symbolic for scripture-theology, not laws and sins.
[Hebrews 5:13-14] 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
This Good and evil is not about do’s and don’t and law abiding. In context it’s about your senses recognizing good sound doctrine. Realizing that Christ is our righteousness and that by works of the law no one will be justified.