“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 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: 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. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” (Hebrews 4:14–5:10, KJV)
This pericope has two of the “Lettuce” passsages I wrote about in the beginning of this venture. To me, the study of Hebrews was one of the most amazing things I’d ever done.
Because the Bible says that Jesus was tempted, we’ve got to accept that as fact. The Biblical version of temptation is different from ours. What the Bible calls sin is what we call temptation. The offering to you by Satan that which is contrary to the will of God is the temptation, in my opinion. You can disagree with me, and I won’t argue.
It is the struggle with it that is where the Bible defines it sin. Jesus Christ did not struggle with the temptation when Pharisees and Ssaducees asked Him for a sign – He just said no. In many ways, if you study those passages, it will show you how to start getting a handle on temptation and sin. A resolute “No” often heads it off. The problem is, we all tend to let it get WAAAY past that point before we start struggling with it.
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15, KJV)
I suppose I could go into a rant right now about “One Law”, “Hebrew Roots”, “Messianics”, “Two House” and all the others in the group of Gentiles that wear yarmulke, tallis, and claim to be Jews now. But I won’t. They settle for Aaron, while we settle for nothing less than God. If you don’t understand that, please refer to my earlier articles on Messianic Judaism/Hebrew Roots.
THis moves us to the next verse. Let us come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy.
This is astounding in many ways, that the judgment seat of God is called the throne of grace. If your prayer is heeded, the judgment is pronounced in your favor – not guilty. THe sureness of this is that we may enter boldly. If you truly mean what you ask when you ask for salvation, then the answer is yes. Every time.
Here’s a good way to think about it. You owe 14 million dollars due to a debt you borrowed, and interest and lawyers fees have made it impossible to pay. You go into the courtroom, approach the Judge, and say very simply, “Judge, I can’t pay this, and I’m sorry I did this, truly sorry. I’m going to be an upright citizen from now on. Is it possible that you could dismiss this???”
In any courtroom in the country, the Judge would say, “No.” Now, here’s the real scenario. It’s the same thing, you owe a debt you cannot pay. And instead of everything you owe being sold to pay your debts, this time the punishment is burning and torment, forever. No person on earth in history can understand what it’s going to be like, since nobody on earth has endured heat so intense, with a body that will not be reduced to ash instantly.
And you give that Judge the same speech.
And He looks at you, and answers… “You are forgiven.”
Imagine the feeling. If you don’t know that feeling, step away from the computer, get on your knees, and seek that judge today, as the book of Hebrews enjoins.
Today. Don’t let it wait. Because you have not one guarantee of another minute.
Just like with a human judge, if you cannot guarantee you’re going to live for the Lord, you’re not going to repent, that God is not your master now…. then I can guarantee the answer is no. You cannot simply ask for all the sins to be taken away if you just plan on living exactly the same as you did before. “Yessir, I’m forgiven, so I’m a’headin’ right back to the crack pipe!” Then you didn’t mean the prayer. Bottom line.
Let’s look at the “Called of God” verses. What does this mean? Aaron was chosen by God to be High Priest, as a type and figure of that which is to come. It was not because of his amazing accomplishments that he was chosen, but rather, because God decided that was going to be. It suited God’s purposes.
Jesus Christ humbled Himself, and it pleased God to appoint His Son as a High Priest, after the order of melchezidek. No human being can be appointed to that order, as you all were born. You have a visible origin and a destiny of the grave. Melchezidek does not. Where does the Bible say he died? When does the Bible say he was born? Some think Melchezidek was a theophany of Jesus Christ anyway, others point to him being a mortal man who did have a beginning and an end, but the Bible chooses not to portray them. Notice Melchezidek appears out of nowhere, as if you’re expected to know who he is!
Both Aaron and Moses wer extremely humble men. Jesus Christ showed the same humility. He is brutally honest, even telling some of the Saducees, Scribes, and Pharisees they were going to hell – but Jesus Christ, who had every reason to demand worship of all men, only accepted it when offered. So God was pleased to appoint Him as a High Priest of an order nobody else can be appointed to, to make Him an eternal High Priest.
And if you truly sought Him for forgiveness, the answer is always, “Yes.”