April 7, 2018
What a slap in the face of all the readers ... figuratively speaking of course! The author tells the Jewish Christians that are struggling with who Jesus is and the fact that He is our High Priest, "...you should know this already! You should be eating solid food by now but instead, you are in need of milk!"
The struggles and persecution that these Jewish Christians faced must have been so powerful, they began to question the very thing they learned when they were babes (in Christ). Their fundamental beliefs were being challenged and the author of this book had to firmly set them straight!
It must have been some terrible persecution and badgering by the Judaism believers.
I always like to put myself in the position of being just as susceptible to this attack and not to think of myself more highly than I ought to think. Therefore, can the persecution that will eventually come my way, make me question who Jesus (the man) is? And how He is the mediator between God and man?
So, before it is too late, before I begin to waiver in the faith I need to start exercising my senses (vs. 14)! As a decathlon athlete prepares for many different obstacles and challenges, so let me prepare for the persecution that will knock on my door! I need to recognize the lies of the adversary vs. the words of truth. Some of the best ways I can do this is through reading the Holy Bible and by the infilling/renewing of the Holy Ghost!
Hebrews 5:1-14 (KJV)
God appointed His Son to be High Priest and Saviour, as shown in the Scriptures
1 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:
2 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.
3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5 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.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 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;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
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