Jesus, Our High Priest – 9-15-22

So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” Hebrews 5:5 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Hebrews chapter 5 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

Qualifications for High Priesthood

For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can [a]have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.

A Priest Forever

So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:

“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”

As He also says in another place:

“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Spiritual Immaturity

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the [b]oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are [c]of full age, that is, those who by reason of [d]use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Footnotes
a. Hebrews 5:2 deal gently with
b.
Hebrews 5:12 sayings, Scriptures
c. Hebrews 5:14 mature
d.
Hebrews 5:14 practice

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:
Ephesians 1:7- 

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Today, let us once again begin in a prayer of humility and repentance. Let us continue to get out of our flesh, nail it to the cross, and give heed to what the Lord is revealing. I know we keep repeating this – but it feel so necessary. Jesus is Holy, humble and reverent. I feel like I have been taking Him for granted by just running into him in any which state in which I am in. Yesterday we learned it was fine to do that when we need help. But regularly I feel like I have taken too much liberty with the idea of “Daddy / Father” and failed to give proper humble reverence to our Lord. And as we learn about Jesus in this book it feels as if we must come to it with that humble reverence and in worship and understanding that He is above angels, He was fully man but above Moses, He is fully God and above our sins, and as we read today He is above the High Priest, becoming our High Priest. In ceremony, the other priest would wash their hands and faces before coming to the High Priest – so it seems right to wash before coming to our Lord. Let us bath and become clean:

Dear God, I am sorry for being filled with any and all unrighteousness, and/or sexual immorality, and/or wickedness, and/or covetousness, and/or maliciousness, and/or envy, murder, and strife, and/or deceit and evil-mindedness, and/or being a whisperers and  backbiters, and/or haters of God, and/or violent, and/or proud and boasting, and/or inventors of evil things, and/or disobedient to parents, and/or undiscerning, and/or untrustworthy, and/or unloving, and/or unforgiving, and/or unmerciful, and/or for practicing such things are deserving of death. Please forgive me for those things I did even though I knew better. And please forgive me for those things you count as sin, that I am unaware of and have not learned yet – and open my eyes to see them as sins so I can stop participating in them. Please wash me with the Blood of Jesus. Cleanse me and help me turn from my evil ways. And send a fresh filling of your anointing to break the yokes and help me destroy the roots with a mindful effort and focus on you, and fall in love with you in a new and deeper way. Open my ears to hear you and learn of your plan for my life and why you made me. In the name of Jesus we pray ~amen

Now that we are clean, let us enter the HOLY classroom of our Lord and learn what He has for us today.

1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.”

The implied comparison between the qualifications of the High Priest and Jesus begins with the very first verse. Both had to come out from among men. The Lord set His people apart from the time of Abraham – and have kept the Jews set apart as a peculiar people. Paul teaches that as people adopted into Abrahams family, we are to come out from among the world – be set apart, sanctified and consecrated to Christ. Well, the High Priest had to take it one step further and come out from the Jews and come out from the priests and be set apart further and consecrated fully to the service to God. And Jesus had to do the same – and did.
The High Priest gave the gift of the drink offering and the other offerings and tithes to the Lord – He also performed the sacrifices for sins.  Jesus poured himself out as a drink offering and gave all of himself as a tithe and became the ultimate sacrifice for all of mankind’s sins.

He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness.”

This is why Jesus became man – compassion and understanding. Note the word compassion. Other translations use: “deal gently”, “bear patiently”, and “exercise forbearance”.  And when you take it back to the Greek and look it up (Strong’s 3356) you see all these translations are what it means. They did not use the words: ‘be kind’, or ‘have empathy’. These words did exist, but never in the Bible are we asked to join the suffering and take on the assumed feeling and possible spirits of each other.  We are to HELP others carry their burdens, not carry it for them. We are to join in Christ’s suffering – but that persecution is not something we can take upon ourselves – it only comes from outsiders persecuting us. I say this because over the course of the years, the term empathy has come to replace compassion and relieve us of our duty and responsibilities in Christ. It is a catching trending woke – demon of humanism – word that is spreading like a flood quenching the fire of God.

The world even speaks to the difference between compassion and empathy in a way that stands against the lies of empathy. In Forbes, on July 8, 2020, in an article called “Four Reasons Why Compassion is Better For Humanity Than Empathy”, by Rasmus Hougaard – this man who is not a professing Christian by anything I can find about him explains by the world for the world a logic modern Christians are missing:
“Empathy and compassion are very different. They are represented in different areas of the brain. With empathy, we join the suffering of others who suffer, but stop short of actually helping. With compassion, we take a step away from the emotion of empathy and ask ourselves ‘how can we help?’”
He acknowledges that a certain level of natural empathy is a “foundational emotion” for human connection.
In reality it always boils down to us assuming what other are feeling based on our different experiences. Although, with all the woke and Spiritism teaching spreading like those Facebook games: ‘Are you an empath?’, ’10 ways to know if you are empathic’, and ‘how to be more empathetic’. It is such a catching word telling you to open yourself up to receive the feelings, suffering and problems of others. Well, if it is an enemy attack on others – you have just given a demon permission to oppress you. God never asked us to feel for each other and all fall into bondage. God wants us to stand in our freedom, ask how can we help and open up communication, compassion and helping.
God gave us the example of the High Priest and the example of Jesus to show us how it is done – we take from our experience with our weakness and think about what we needed and offer it to others – talking with them to see if there is anything else they need.

Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins.”

Because of our ignorance, going astray, and weaknesses, the High Priest had to make sacrifices for sin. Repentance is the cure – Jesus made the final sacrifice and we need to call on the blood f that sacrifice to be cured of the emotional issues that others want to be empathetic to. Going through depression? Humble repentance is the cure. Going through oppression? Humble repentance is the cure. Need deliverance? Humble repentance is the cure.
If you know the times and season – you can feel in the spirit how the whole world is under the call of the shofar to repentance. As we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Yippur – and the 10 days of humble repentance cleaning ourselves and our houses, God is calling our hearts to fall prostrate before Him. These are not Jewish holidays – these are the seasons set in place by our Holy Father – calling us all to be cleaned and consecrated and through it being made whole and freed from the bondages of depression and other evils placed upon us by this word and the principalities therein.

And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.

The High Priests were appointed and anointed by God for their title. And Jesus, once He became man – was appointed and anointed by God for His title of Messiah.
You and I are also called, appointed and anointed to “Go Ye therefore” and “make disciples”.

So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.”
As He also says in another place:“You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”;

Christ did not raise Himself up – being God, He could have. But God is humble. Jesus is humble. And the Holy Spirit is humble. They never pounded their chest and declared they were God. Jesus often told the demon to shut up, who declared it. and we as children of humility – should never puff up and pound our chest that we are saved… instead give the glory to our Father that He wrote our names in the Lambs Book of Life.

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”

This makes you think. What if Jesus sinned and in the weakness of human flesh He gave into pride and cried out to be delivered by the angels. We would have no blood by which to be cleaned and freed. Jesus had the power to change the plan to do something different. But He submitted. God has the right to tell His story through us, anyway he wants. And sometimes it is in suffering, pain, and even death. Yet, like Jesus we should glorify our Father.

And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,”

“To all who obey Him.” You must have a relationship with Him and hear His voice and read His words to obey Him – there is no other way to even know what you are to do, there is no other way to know the seasons of the Lord, and no other way to have abundant life.

10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

And how much more dull of hearing are we in the year 2022. This is why we repent and prepare our hearts to learn from God before these lesson on Jesus.
Now this Melchisedec Priest – he was the priest that Abraham went to when his name was still Abram. Most of what the Bible says about him is in this book of Hebrews. If you want to go deeper and learn more about him, then here are other verses where he is found outside of the book of Hebrews: Genesis 14:17-20 and Psalms 110:1-7. (I will add them to the bottom of this blog for convenience.)
Now back to how dull our hearing has become – this is why every one of these blog pages, the reading part is opened with the prayer to open your ears. This is why I am compelled to discuss the Bible – we all must learn and know what it truly says. We must not stay stagnant. This world has enough gummy-bear Christians – being casual to deaf to hear the shofar with the war cry and the order that it is time for boots on the ground.  
“Casual Christians will be casualties.” M Rogers

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

In these discussions I should present more milk for those who are new to this and fresh in the word. But there are not enough places serving meat for the hungry. I suppose we need a well-balanced message for all people.  BUT I AM HUNGRY! I feel starved! I need more and more and deeper and deeper – I have tasted the rich, juicy red meat of the scriptures and it is so good! I want more. Freely I receive more from Christ. So freely I give you the meat and ask God to reveal it and feed you the good stuff. SO that you too will grow hungrier and build up a big appetite!  And as I give this too you as meaty as I can – calling you to repentance and humility and obedience: the words most commonly avoided in modern Biblical teaching. And yet – the author says these are the milk. Let your ears be open to understand this. The thing the modern church calls too difficult to discuss is the baby food of the scriptures! HOW MUCH MORE ARE WE MISSING?!
Let your eyes be opened to see the scriptures new – because there is meat I am unable to say – only God can reveal. And it is so good! So good! Ask God to give yu a taste an make you hungry! To reveal Christ to us in a new way. But first you must be humble. And when you think you are humble enough, empty yourself more at the Lords altar and become more humble. Because you cannot out give God and you cannot out humble God.

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace. Walk in wisdom.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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Genesis 14:17-20 NKJV
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:

“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,

Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.”

Psalms 110:1-7 NKJV
The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!

Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. The Lord has sworn And will not relent, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”

The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries. He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; Therefore He shall lift up the head.”

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