October 20/Hebrews 5

Verse 1 > as our High Priest Jesus presented himself to God on our behalf. He was the perfect sacrifice for our sin! Thank you Jesus!

Verse 2 > Jesus deals gently with us because he understands what we are going through. He is not angry with us. He sacrificed himself because he loves us. When Vesper was at our house she happened to spill her milk at lunch time. I just laughed and told her it was ok and I got a wash cloth and wiped it up. I didn’t tell her to be more careful. I didn’t tell she was clumsy. I didn’t berate her for wasting milk. I just dealt gently with her. I believe Jesus does the same with us.

Verse 3 > Jesus just totally sacrifices for us! When we sin that sin has already been totally covered by Jesus!

Verse 4-5 > As a pastor I had to register with Otter Tail County so I would have the authority to marry and bury people. My authority is limited to Otter Tail County because the County Commissioner only has authority in this county. But Jesus was given authority to be the High Priest of everyone who would receive him because God, the highest authority ever, gave him authority over the whole world!

Verse 6 > Jesus does not have to renew his authority God the Father gave him authority forever! To read about Melchizedek go to Genesis 14:17. He was a King and Priest and there is no record of his beginning or ending just like Jesus who has no beginning and no ending. In fact many scholars believe that Melchizedek was an appearance by Jesus. Note that Melchizedek means King of Righteousness. Salem means peace. And note the bread and wine and the tithing.

Verse 7 > notice that Jesus’ prayers helped him align his will with God’s. He didn’t want to go through the cross but he wanted the Father’s will to be done. I believe that is a big part of prayer > to get our heart aligned with God’s heart. Prayer is not to get God to do my bidding. Prayer is to get God’s will done. If I give my situation over to Him he will know what is best to do. I can tell him what I would like to see done but I am satisfied with his will. Ask the Lord what he wants you to pray for.

1 John 5:14–15 (NLT) — 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

Verse 8 > He obeyed in the tough times as well in the good times. He obeyed even when it wasn’t popular to obey God. Oh that we would do the same as our Lord.

Verse 9-10 > obedience always follows true faith. No obedience no faith.

James 2:17 (NLT) — 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

Verse 11-14 > Wow Paul doesn’t mince words. He isn’t a wimpy leader. He isn’t afraid to bring the truth in love. He loved his people so much that he had to warn them that they had lost their appetite for the word of God. Apparently other things were filling their plates with the dessert of the world first > too much busyness and fun and games. We don’t let our children eat dessert before a meal because it will spoil their appetite. He was concerned that they were not growing spiritually. They should have been helping others grow but they couldn’t because they hadn’t grown themselves. Not to tell people spiritual truth is the same as abusing them. Jesus said if you know the truth it will set you free > free from wrong thinking which leads to wrong behaving.

1 John 2:15–17 (NLT) — 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Do you know anyone who has lost their appetite for the word of God? Would you be concerned enough to talk to them?

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The writer of Hebrews is chastising the Hebrew believers because they stopped learning about God and Jesus at John 3:16. You need that knowledge but must also have meatier instruction like Romans or the book of Job. Think of it as a meal. You should have servings of milk with your meal but not as your whole meal. We need a full banquet of God’s word today.