“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:17–18, KJV)
Finishing up hebrews 2, We now draw things to the parallel of the High Priest.
the High Priest performed the sin atonements and offerings for the people. As Hebrews will point out, first the High Priest has to take care of himself… then everyone else. And every day, he repeats this.
Our High Priest took care of everyone else first. And was done.
In some way we’ll never understand, the Lord was tempted. I’m not going to go into this, as there’s really books upon books of speculation on this. Whole oceans of ink have been spilled, speculating on how this took place. I say again, we sometimes have to throw up our hands and just admit, “I don’t understand.”
Nu, and you’re so smart you can explain God?
The important thing “The Author” (read: Paul) was trying to tell us is that when we are tempted to sin, the Lord understands, because He’s been there, and he can help us. The point is, when you’re tempted to sin, so rarely do we call upon him at the beginning of the temptation! Instead, we’re often at the point where it’s gripped us, and we’re begging for help. If you’re a smoker, it’s when you’re putting the cigarette to your lips that you start begging the Lord. It’s when you’re driving to that place where you know you can buy Crystal Meth on the street that you start crying out for help. It’s when you’ve been cussing out other drivers for 5 miles that you begin to call out for help.
Try this – when the first thought crosses your mind, call out for help then. Don’t wait until you’re neck deep in the sin to start calling out.
We’ll go into this at more depth in Hebrews chapter 5.
“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” (Hebrews 2:18–3:6, KJV)
This really is a huge section. There’s nothing I can teach you you haven’t heard before, because the same Holy Spirit teaches all men. But if you spend time studying the Bible, you really begin to grasp a lot of things you gloss over before. In other words, the Holy Spirit will give you as much as you show yourself willing to learn. You may SAY you really want to learn your Bible, but the Holy Spirit only gives while you actually are studying God’s word. If you’re just going to read, then all you do is read. If you’re going to start breaking it down, well then… that’s different.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:9, KJV)
Contrastive thought – from Peter! This shows that the contrastive thought so common in Paul’s Epistles is not just Paul’s choices of words, but rather, how God thinks. And again, we have proof of Mechanical Inspiration, something so often argued against by men who don’t want to be bound by God’s word.
Here’s a Bible truth. The Levites support the work of the kohenim, the priesthood, who acts as surrogates for the High Priest in many duties. But there are some duties appointed only to the High Priest.
Jesus Christ is the High Priest of the heavenly priesthood, not of the earthly. So, who’s his Levites?
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14, KJV)
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (2 Timothy 1:9, KJV)
It stands to reason that a High Priest who is merely installed in the office due to birthright and through being chosen to do so, working in a Temple others built, gets honor. But if the one who built the Temple, who the Temple is meant to worship, is the high Priest – then we really get a glimpse of who Jesus Christ really is.
The Temple in many ways is a type of Jesus. We offend God by our sins. Where do we go to relieve that offense? The Temple. We are lost in our sins. Who is the only one who can bridge that? Jesus Christ. We go to Him for forgiveness.
Who alone can forgive sins? THe one who is sinned against. We know we sin against God. And Jesus Christ stands in the gap for us… because He is God, the offended party.
It’s not just a man forgiving you – it’s God.