October 31st Hebrews 5
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: 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. 3: And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4: And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5: 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.
The writer goes on to talk of Christ’s priestly work. He says, all the high priests are taken from among men to do the service of God to offer gifts (of worship) and sacrifices for sin. They are tender toward the ignorant and on those who have slipped off the path because he is also surrounded by the same weaknesses. And so he offers sacrifices for himself as well as others. And no man takes the honour of priesthood to himself but he is chosen of God just as Abraham was. In the same way Christ did not appoint himself to be High Priest but he was called of God who said to him, ‘you are my Son, this day l have begotten you’. And so Christ was not the begotten son because he was the offspring of God – God forbid. But he was the begotten son because God anointed him.
- What was the job description of a High Priest?
- How were the priest appointed?
- Did Christ take on the role of a priest for himself?