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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 5 (9 of 24)
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:
We were introduced to the ministry of the high priest
in both chapters 2-4. The writer now goes into deeper
detail of the high priestly ministry of Christ being
superior to any high priest under the Old Testament
economy. Let’s look at some of the identifying
trademarks of an earthy high priest and then compare
the ministry of Christ and see who is superior.
First of all, the writer states that every single high
priest was a human, chosen from among men.
Second, he is appointed to represent men in matters
related to God. That was the primary function of the
high priest, he represented men to God. More
specifically, he represented them through the
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.
Third, the high priest had to have compassion on those
who sinned in ignorance or who sinned without
premeditation or presumption. As you study the book of
Numbers in particular you will see the ignorant sins,
the non-presumptuous sin, the non-premeditative sins
that could be forgiven. Those who DELIBERATELY sinned
had no such provision. Again, knowing your Old
Testament in the study of Hebrews is mandatory. The
reason why he was able to have compassion was because
he, as a man, was prone to the same weaknesses as the
people he offered sacrifices to God for.
3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so
also for himself, to offer for sins.
Forth, Because of this reason, he offered up
sacrifices, not only in behalf of the people, but also
of himself, being a man. In fact, he was OBLIGATED to
do so as an acknowledgement of his humanness and his
sins of ignorance as well. ...
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