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Heb. 5: Jesus is High Priest by God's Oath—on Probing the Prophets with Rod

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A priest has two functions: 1) Represent God to the people; and 2) offer gifts and sacrifices to God for the people. What "qualifies" anyone to assume these functions? Was Jesus so qualified? Is He the High Priest any Jew should abandon Aaron in favor of?

Unfortunately, some of HW's audience hadn't been the studious disciples Jesus was calling to Himself. Though they knew that Messiah was to be priest & king (Zech. 6); and that He was to be an eternal priest after the manner of Melchizedek (Psa. 110), they couldn't "analyze" the details of Melchizedek.

Clearly, Jesus showed Himself as a caring, compassionate leader. And just as clear, God intended to raise up an eternal priest from outside Aaron's lineage. But somehow these facts--or at least the significance of these facts--got lost in the thinking of these Hebrew Christians.

Chapter 5 begins a three chapter discussion of Jesus as Melchizedek's fulfillment (chapters 5 & 7) wrapped around a scolding rebuke for slothful discipleship and exhortation push on (chapter 6). We have good stuff in store! Join the discussion.

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